Over the past several years, I’ve been working with the PhET Interactive Simulations to determine how best to do video “walk-throughs” of their simulations for teachers, showing the main features and how they can be used in a teaching setting. We call these short videos “teacher primers,” and I’ve got a set of them that I’ve made up online now that I wanted to share: (note that you will need to be logged into the PhET site to view them — that’s to keep students from short-cutting the learning process by looking at the primers. Click on “for teachers” to find the primer.).
- Color vision
- Resistance in a wire
- John Travoltage
- Balloons and Static Electricity
- Faraday’s Law
- Wave on a String
- Ohm’s Law (coming soon)
It was a great pleasure to work with master teacher Mike Dubson on most of these. I am but an instrument, bringing his great ideas to life. There are also other great primers out there on a lot of other HTML5 sims. We certainly learned a lot while we were putting these together, both about the technical requirements of making a walk through, but also how to guide the viewers’ eye as you talk them through a visual landscape. These are fun to make, but more work than you’d think! If anyone needs access to our guidelines for doing these, just let me know.