bouncymaps

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(Links to open the Bouncy Maps and PhET infographics are above)

Computer models and simulations can challenge our learning but they can also really help us understand and visualize things in a clearer way. Bouncy Maps and PhET simulations are quite different but they are both very successful in getting their points across. Through Bouncy Maps you can learn about data from all around the world and through the sizes of the different countries, you can learn how they stand in comparison to the rest of the world. If you scroll down, below the maps you have a table showing the actual numbers and percentage values from every country in the world, you can even download spreadsheets with data from over 50 years for any further research. As a simulation, Bouncy Maps is very successful in getting across the information that they want to share. PhETs simulations are used for Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology, and Earth Sciences. Out of their over 150 simulations, over two-thirds are Physics related. These simulations allow anyone to experience and learn Science whenever they want and from wherever they are. The simulations are very clear and include different stages. They help students a lot as some experiments can’t be carried out in the classroom or are simply not very accurate when performed in the classroom. Through these experiments, there is no uncertainty and everyone has access to every experiment they need.

Personally, I have used both of them and think that they are both very successful and useful. I tend to use PhET more than Bouncy Maps as it helps me when I’m studying Physics. Although the information that one can obtain from Bouncy Maps isn’t so relevant in what I do, I still enjoy looking through it as I find it all very interesting. I also like how you have the possibility to download data from previous years, it is a good source to obtain information from and you can be certain that the data is accurate.

PhET acts more like a simulation, it is interactive and helps you learn. There are different scenarios which are imitations of experiments or situations. By the user interacting with the software, it is as though they are in that situation but just experiencing it remotely. Bouncy Maps, however, are more of a model. Although they move around you can’t really interact with the software, it is static and presents data to the user. Bouncy Maps are structured representations of different sets of data. Models and simulations are both very helpful when it comes to learning, in different situations, and for different subjects or topics.

Bouncy Maps:

https://www.bouncymaps.com/#!/bouncymaps/world/-2102779804

PhET Simulations:

https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/filter?subjects=physics&type=html&sort=alpha&view=grid

 

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