Interactive simulations are powerfully engaging teaching tools that allow for specific skill reinforcement opportunities. Here are some suggestions for making the most of interactive simulations with your students:

  • Project the interactive simulation as a whole class teaching tool. Displaying and interacting with the simulation allows you to model and facilitate thinking skills.
  • Pair students to explore the simulation together. The collaborative use of simulations encourages students to verbalize their thinking and strategies.
  • Set a specific purpose for exploring the interactive simulation. Challenge students to complete the entire experience, or specified levels depending on the simulation and student needs. Ask specific questions you want students to be able to respond to after completing the simulation.