February 17-19, 2014

University of Colorado - Boulder

Sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The PhET Interactive Simulations project is hosting a 3-day meeting at the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus to create a blueprint for creating next-generation PhET simulations that will serve the needs of the broader STEM community. By invitation-only, this working group meeting brings together stakeholders in the broader eduation community -- that is, content and assessment developers and providers, education researchers, and educators. Together, participants will identify features and the corresponding technology approaches that would enable the next generation, HTML5-based PhET simulations (and interactive simulations and tools in general) to support new forms of learning and assessment in science and math -- with particular interest in addressing the goals put forth in the CCSS and NGSS standards.

PhET produces high-quality, research-based interactive simulations for teaching science and math, and recently launched a new HTML5 initiative to create simulations based on HTML5 code, which are touch and tablet compatible, increasing opportunities for built-in capabilities. This meeting provides an opportunity for stakeholders of the PhET simulations -- and other education technologies -- to identify priorities and standardizations for new features and capabilities, in the areas of:

      1. New educational functionality
      2. Customization features
      3. User tools and options
      4. Standard formats for data collection
      5. Standard API for third-party interfaces

A preliminary list of features under consideration is available in the details tab, but includes ideas such as recording user interactions with the simulations, combining tabs from multiple simulations, pre-setting simulation configurations, or watching multiple students interact with the simulations from a separate computer.

Please consider joining us at this working group meeting. Contact us with any questions at Stephanie.Chasteen@Colorado.EDU