Simulations in Science Classes

The purpose of this web page it to highlight starting points for a number of web sites that feature useful science simulations.

"Simulations are flexible computer-based manipulatives that serve as critical bridges between concrete and abstract thinking. They provide a high degree of interactivity, enabling students to immediately observe the results of their experimentation and be able to relate concepts across multiple representations." Robert Marzano


Web Site Name

   Description

CFF-CB Classes

2008 2009

Social Studies

English

CB South 08-09: Click here to see Social Studies and English classrooms.

CB West 08-09: Click here to see Social Studies and English classrooms.

CB East 08-09: Click here to see Social Studies and English classrooms.

 

learningscience.org

An on-line learning community that features simulations and interactive web lessons tied to the National Science Education Standards. Although this site is still under development, you find many appropriate simulations.

Chemistry Simulations

These simulations come from the Chemical Education Research Group at  Iowa State University. Some of the animations are designed to be used by chemistry instructors in presentations. These do not have directions or other information. Other animations are designed for students to use on their own or in group-work. Some of the animations and simulations have guided-inquiry tutorials to accompany them.

Explorelearning.com

This is a commercial site with some of the best science and math simulations available. This is a commercial site that requires a subscription. However, this site allows anyone to use one of their Gizmos (simulations) for free, at a rate of one per day.

General Simulations

This is a list from North Harris College of simulations from all over the web.

Biology Simulations

This is a biology list from North Harris College of simulations from all over the web.

SodaPlay

This ingenious "learning tool" is called Sodaplay. Don't let the name mislead you, this is one of the most creative physical science sites we have ever seen. In Sodaplay, you use the sodaconstructor to make models out of masses linked by springs and muscles. Then you can manipulate this microworlds' gravity, friction, and spring stiffness. Stunningly life-like models are the result in this notable achievement in web learning. Great example of emergent behavior.

Artificial Life and Other Experiments

The wonderfully creative and imaginative world of Ariel Dolan. A great place to explore.
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