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Friday, July 16, 2021

Add PhET Simulations to Your PowerPoint Slides

PhET is a free resource that has been popular with science and math teachers for many years. PhET provides free interactive math and science simulations covering topics in physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and mathematics. In the PhET library you'll find simulations appropriate for elementary, middle, high school, and university students. PhET even offers a search tool that will help you find lesson ideas built upon the free simulations.

Dozens of the PhET simulations are available to insert into PowerPoint presentations through the use of PhET's free PowerPoint Add-in. With the Add-in installed you can browse the available simulations and insert them into your slides. The simulations work in your slide just as they do on the PhET website.

Watch my short video that is embedded below to learn how to install PowerPoint add-ins. 


Applications for Education
The PhET PowerPoint Add-in could be time-saver if you are planning to use more than one simulation during a lesson. Rather than clicking through menus or clicking through bookmarks to bring-up the right simulation, you could just create a slideshow that has your PhET simulations arranged in the sequence you plan to use them during your lesson.

Getting Started With Google Classroom - Teacher and Student Perspectives

This week I have been publishing a series of videos designed to help teachers who are new to Google Workspace learn what they need to know to use Google Drive, Docs, Forms, and Slides in their classrooms. Continuing in that series I've just published a new video titled Getting Started With Google Classroom

In Getting Started With Google Classroom I explain and demonstrate everything a teacher needs to know to start using Google Classroom. The video includes a student perspective of Google Classroom so that teachers can see how students access and complete assignments in Google Classroom. All of the points covered in the video are listed below. 

➡How to create a Google Classroom.
➡How to invite students to a Google Classroom
➡How to invite a co-teacher to Google Classroom
➡Student settings in Google Classroom
➡How to create assignments in Google Classroom
➡How students complete assignments in Google Classroom
➡How to view students' work in Google Classroom




The other videos in this series are listed below:
Getting Started With Google Forms

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About seven years ago I noticed that "too many updates" was the most common reason for people unsubscribing from the emails from this blog. To remedy that I created the Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week Newsletter. What started out small now has more than 20,000 weekly subscribers. 

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