This is a simple post to remind all STEM educators out there that the HTML5 PhET simulations are A M A Z I N G tools for online teaching. Given the varying types of devices that students are using while under quarantine, simulation upgrade to HTML5 means students can interact with the simulation on ANY device (tablet, phone, computer) drastically dropping Extraneous Cognitive Load for the student.
PhET has always been a favorite resource for me, but the growing list of HTML5 simulations makes it irreplaceable right now. Click here for an example of how I leveraged PhET in the context of Google Forms to scaffold my students from Molecular Geometry into Molecule Polarity in today's online lesson. The simulation used is also embedded below. Which brings up another incredible point about HTML5 simulations: YOU CAN PLACE THEM DIRECTLY IN YOUR WEBSITE FOR USE WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A DOWNLOAD! So legit.