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  Session: Using Simulations and Models for Pre-High School Teaching
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: PhET's Future: Enhanced Teacher Resources, HTML5, and Touch!
  Meeting: 2013 Summer Meeting: Portland, Oregon
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:00AM
  Author: Ariel J. Paul
PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado
3034928707, ariel.paul@colorado.edu
  Co-Author(s): Katherine Perkins, Emily Moore, Noah Podolefsky, The PhET Team
  Abstract: The PhET Interactive Simulations project (http://phet.colorado.edu) has several new efforts to support K-12 teachers in the modern classroom. For the past three years, we have been specifically researching design and use of our interactive simulations at the middle school level. This endeavor has improved our design principles and led to the development of guidelines for effective implementation and facilitation of our simulations in the classroom. To share the resources we have created for teachers, we are creating a companion website specifically devoted to teachers and the fostering of our teacher user community. In addition, we have begun a large-scale effort to port PhET sims to HTML5 to support the changing landscape of technology and allow our sims to run on touch-enabled devices. This effort will not only increase the accessibility of PhET, but also opens exciting possibilities to study the learning opportunities afforded by a touch interface.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT_Ariel_Paul_2013.pptx

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