How to use PhET Interactive math and science simulations in a Nearpod lesson

PhET Interactive Simulations provide a hands-on way for students to explore science and math topics. By embedding one of these simulations into Nearpod, each student will have a unique experience on their own device, you can check for understanding with Nearpod's formative assessment features, and can provide an easy-to-access experience for your students.

In this article, you'll learn how to:

Teach with PhET Simulations

When students reach a PhET Interactive Simulation in a Nearpod lesson, they will be able to explore the content independently on their device. Each student will have a unique experience manipulating the simulation. 

As the teacher, you will also see the simulation on your device in Live Participation mode.


Add a PhET simulation into your Nearpod lesson:

1. While editing your lesson, select Add Slide 



2. Choose PhET Simulation from the Content tab


3. Use the categories on the left slide to find the PhET simulation you'd like to add.  To preview the simulation before you add, click on a simulation and then click "Preview"


4. Once you find a simulation to add to your lesson, click on the simulation and select "Done"


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