Do you remember the nights when you tore the Chemistry homework sheets up and wondered how on earth could someone understand the strange movements of those tiny atoms?
Do you remember the physic classes for which you had to draw tons of diagrams just to find out the acceleration?
Thanks to University of Colorado Boulder, the students who struggle with Math and science classes can now learn in a more visual way with the aids of PhET Simulation.
The wide range of PhET Simulation fulfills lots of students' needs. It is divided into different sections such as levels(elementary school, middle school, high school) and subjects (Chemistry, Math, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science). If you are a Chemistry student who cannot understand the topic of atomic interactions, you can simply go to the Chemistry section and click on the "Atomic Interaction."
The PhET Simulation is pretty easy to use. There are not many buttons in each program. With the instructions, a student can easily figure out what to do. Thanks to the concise and simple design of the programs, even a student without computer science knowledge can play with them.
PhET helps visualize abstract concepts. In addition to teachers' notes and explanations in class, PhET consolidates a certain topic by simplifying the concepts. For example, students who have troubles with micro atoms can see the atoms and their interactions directly in the macro scope in the simulation, therefore better understanding the concept.
Besides the basic advantage of PhET, it is a website frequently being updated. Teachers and professors continuously add new programs to PhET, thus broadening the coverage of topics.
If you are a science teacher whose students are having trouble understanding a complicated concept, you can send them here to PhET. (besides extra help, though)And maybe the next day you will find them obsessed with the simulations and explore the Science world on their own.
By Simon Zhu '17
Evernote Peek allows you to import notebooks from Evernote and quickly assembles flashcards using the note title as the clue and the note body as the answer. Using either your own smart cover or a virtual cover, you can hide the answer until you want it to be revealed. By closing the cover completely, you can flip the page.
The company’s products include Evernote, Evernote Food, Evernote Clearly, Penultimate, Evernote Hello, Skitch, and Evernote Peak. These 7 products work together to cover a variety everyday uses. The main branch, Evernote, allows you to create notes that are immediately synced to all other devices have your Evernote account. These notes can then be shared via email, opened in safari, or copied as a url. Organized in notebooks, you can easily attach pictures, web clips, tags, and locations. You can also set reminders that can be organized by priority and as a due date approaches you will receive a notification or email to remind you.
By Mackenzie L. Gray '15
Evernote Clearly is available for download through firefox and google chrome and allows for distraction free reading online by removing advertisements, navigation bars, and other distractions. You can also easily drag content into your Evernote account to be viewed on all devices on which Evernote is downloaded. You can highlight information in the text that will be immediately saved to the copy in your account. It then organizes related notes. This application could be very helpful for juniors writing their thesis papers because it allows you to annotate and save content from the web into your account to be organized and viewed again later.
Additional information can be found here: https://evernote.com/clearly/guide/#1
By Mackenzie L. Gray '15
By: Simon Zhu'17
iMovie is a Mac application that allows users to make short films. It has various functions that fulfill most beginners' requests.
This youtube video does a pretty job in explaining the basic functions of iMovie.
1) How to start a movie (00:00 of the video)
2) How to import media/sources into iMovie (1:43)
3) How to add media to the timeline of the new film. (3:47)
4) How to edit the film (6:18)
a) extract parts of the media and add them to the timeline
b) split the clip
c) detach the audio from the video
d) crop the film/ use Key Burns
5) How to add animation or transition.
6) How to add texts. (10:35)
6) How to export the film into a .mp4 or .flv document. (40:20)