Applets are small, self-contained, interactive programs that can be run on your computer using code called Java (a free download from Sun Microsystems). All of the applets listed below are available for download from the web, but require Java to run. An Applet Search Engine can be used to find other available applets not found on this page.
Welcome to the Physlets resource page. Physlets, Physics Applets, are small flexible Java applets designed for science education. You do not need to become a Java expert in order to use Physlets. The links on the right contain tutorials, download instructions, and example problems to help you use Physlets in your teaching.
Keep this article close by, so when you need it, it will be available. I wouldn't be able to memorize all of the information, but when I am working on or in anyone of these products the cheat sheet would be a valuable resource for expanding my shortcut repertoire!
As I read this blog, I immediately thought of the article Never Say Anything a Kid Can Say. It is a very similar set of lessons for students and teachers. If a student can say it, then why am I? B/C I am the expert... but who is learning in that situation? Me of course b/c I am the expert!!
Also, if a kid says it, it builds their confidence/understanding and allows the teacher to probe to help the student develop their analytical skills rather than their passivity and incompetence skills.
This blog is worth a very long read and analysis. I also, think everyone should look for the article mentioned above and see if they couldn't learn a few things by saying less!
Nice set of applets that let students explore fraction understanding from multiple perspectives and models. I love that they use a variety of models for fractional development, including bars (multiple versions), sets, and linear. From the site: "Why Fractions? Fractions are one of the earliest stumbling blocks for students in math. Our goal is building conceptual understanding in fractions as a basis for comprehension in all later topics."
Instructional strategies determine the approach a teacher may take to achieve learning objectives. Five categories of instructional strategies and explanation of these five categories can be found within this site.
Great article on looking at test preparation differently. It's not about answering a lot of questions similar to the ones on the test, but about learning processes that help students understand how to garner information from text/problems, etc.
It's from the BBC (that's a good enough reason to share for me) and there are some great stories being told in the documentaries from social commentary, to war, to poetry.
I love the idea of students getting applicable content from multi-media sources on their own and incorporating it into their thinking. Also, a great way to introduce students to the nuances of digital storytelling.
Lapham's Quarterly, A Magazine of history and ideas. Great social studies source. I like the Friends, Lovers, and Family story/chart that shows the relationships between different artists across time. Always looking for ways to show how what one person does impacts others and not just in art!
s a software tool for detecting equations and hidden mathematical relationships in your data. Its primary goal is to identify the simplest mathematical formulas which could describe the underlying mechanisms that produced the data. Eureqa is free to download and use.
Beyond Textbooks has a very simple PD design and I have concerns that it has actual impact in the classroom. Such a different way of teaching and all of 1.5 days of PD and 3 webinars to equip teachers to truly integrate technology into the classroom?
VIDS is an interactive website for teacher teaching mathematics that contains video models of teachers in the classroom, lesson plans, meta cognitive learning strategies for math, differentiation section, and a "learning community"
"If you’re an educator, surely you know that technology has and will continue to have an incredible impact on learning. Whether it’s the Internet, innovative learning tools, or teaching technology itself, these two subjects are intertwined. In these talks, you will find essential information for educators concerned with technology."
A great list of 100 talks about technology integration into education and the possible implications for teaching and learning.