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The questions were

  • What made you interested in this topic?
  • What do you hope to achieve by participating?
  • Are you interested in helping with the course organization?

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Task Discussion

  • Anonym   July 10, 2012, 11:08 p.m.

    I am working on developing a set of approaches toward working with the PhET animations all of which are designed to guide students toward posing questions as they work. Traditionally, we as teachers ask the questions. However, in the interest of teaching students life-long learning skills, I wonder if it is possible to plan projects and activities in such a way that the students create the lists of questions themselves. I hope to collaborate with other teachers about some of  these ideas. 

    Also, I am in the process of testing out a set of practical, hands-on lab activities designed to accompany the PhET simulations in order to ensure that students have enough real-world experience in order to make sense of the models used in this program. I hope to exchange ideas with others. 

  • SimonBarry   July 7, 2012, 3:15 p.m.

    What made me interested.  I think what really made me sit up and think was when I used the DC circuit sim during an observed lesson - and my observer commented that she had never really got current and electron flow until she saw the sim.  It was also the complete engagement of some of the learners when they used it at home.  Played havoc with my lunchtime though as they kept asking questions.


    wht do I hope to achieve?  To become a better teacher - the Borg collective was huge!

    Can I help...what do you need doing?

  • dylaX   July 7, 2012, 6:23 a.m.

    It's my first time I partecipate in a P2PU course. I's a great chance to learn more about PhET I use in my classroom and make practice of English as an  Italian  teacher. I am reading all the stuff in PhET site and I think it is a useful resource for a teacher to implement an inquiry based teaching in a classroom. All my students are very involved in a PhET lesson and they work with amusement and a little trouble for their mind. PhET helps thinking with own head, in other words Think different as Jobs says. I hope to learn more in this course and to meet many collegues to discuss about maths & science education.

  • Ms Courtney   July 6, 2012, 5:25 p.m.

    I love that we have people from all over the world joining this class!  I am most interested in collaboration with chemistry teachers, though I am sure general discussions from all subjects will help to see how to best integrate this tool into my teaching.  Looking forward to working with you all!

  • Juan Abelardo Garcia Jr   July 6, 2012, 3:29 p.m.

    I was happy to see some of the colleagues who I've seen posting on the science community at edModo, which is a social network for students amd teachers I have been using for the past year. 

    I think that with platforms like this, (P2PU) and the edModo site, students can be much more inclined to participate in active learning, as some don't really like to speak in front of classmates.