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written by Noah D. Finkelstein, Wendy K. Adams, Christopher Keller, Katherine Perkins, Carl E. Wieman, and the PhET
This paper introduces a suite of computer simulations from the Physics Education Technology (PhET) project, identifies features of these educational tools, and demonstrates their utility. We compare the use of PhET simulations to the use of more traditional educational resources in lecture, laboratory, recitation and informal settings of introductory college physics. In each case we demonstrate that simulations are as productive, or more productive, for developing student conceptual understanding as real equipment, reading resources, or chalk-talk lectures. We further identify six key characteristic features of these simulations that begin to delineate why these are productive tools. The simulations: support an interactive approach, employ dynamic feedback, follow a constructivist approach, provide a creative workplace, make explicit otherwise inaccessible models or phenomena, and constrain students productively.
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching: Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages 12
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PhET, Physics teaching, computer simulation, interactive simulation, representations, student learning, student understanding, visualization
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N. Finkelstein, W. Adams, C. Keller, K. Perkins, C. Wieman, and PhET, J. Online Learn. & Teaching 2 (3), 12 (2006), WWW Document, (https://jolt.merlot.org/vol2no3/finkelstein.pdf).
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N. Finkelstein, W. Adams, C. Keller, K. Perkins, C. Wieman, and PhET, High-Tech Tools for Teaching Physics: the Physics Education Technology Project, J. Online Learn. & Teaching 2 (3), 12 (2006), <https://jolt.merlot.org/vol2no3/finkelstein.pdf>.
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Finkelstein, N., Adams, W., Keller, C., Perkins, K., Wieman, C., & PhET. (2006, September 1). High-Tech Tools for Teaching Physics: the Physics Education Technology Project. J. Online Learn. & Teaching, 2(3), 12. Retrieved June 26, 2022, from https://jolt.merlot.org/vol2no3/finkelstein.pdf
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Finkelstein, N, W. Adams, C. Keller, K. Perkins, C. Wieman, and PhET. "High-Tech Tools for Teaching Physics: the Physics Education Technology Project." J. Online Learn. & Teaching. 2, no. 3, (September 1, 2006): 12, https://jolt.merlot.org/vol2no3/finkelstein.pdf (accessed 26 June 2022).
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Finkelstein, Noah, Wendy Adams, Christopher Keller, Katherine Perkins, Carl Wieman, and PhET. "High-Tech Tools for Teaching Physics: the Physics Education Technology Project." J. Online Learn. & Teaching 2.3 (2006): 12. 26 June 2022 <https://jolt.merlot.org/vol2no3/finkelstein.pdf>.
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