Virtual Lab Review Wikis

Lab or App Name (link to the URL)
 Rating out of 5 (*****)
 Applicable Courses
 Ease of Use
 Implementation Challenges
Application or simulator?
 Any other information you think an educator should know.
 1. *****Math & Science
Extremely EasyImportant, I think, to have activities or guides or context for use, or students may "just play".Various SimsReviewed and tested with students.
Can be viewed by level but not by individual grades.  Categories include Elementary, Middle, High, and University
Access: Free, downloadable, Web-based, Tablets (HTML5)
Uses: lecture aid, tutorial, homework, activities...
Includes worksheets and teacher notes for most individual sims.

Full Review with examples here
 2. McGraw-Hill  Labs *****Biology
 Very!There is a quite a bit of reading but it open to just 'playing'. If the student need to complete the table or answer the lab questions a word doc opens. Students would have to manually submit the work
 Simulator These are written by McGraw-Hill (textbook publishers) but are designed for students.

I was very impressed by the labs. The design is very clean, there are lots of detailed instructions and information about the subjects.  An entire ‘experiment’ is run with data collected. Students are asked to fill in a table and answer questions. For many of the labs, students would be given their own ‘unique’ conditions which produce similar, but different, results.

The journal questions were excellent, ones I would ask my students. The post lab quiz & lab report download had an area for students to do their work. I would require students to fill out the lab report entirely, then get them to answer the journal questions (at the end of the lab report, rather than online).
 3. Virtual Labs
 VariesEngineering (various)
Computer Sci
Grade 12+

There is help - via phone and email

Free to use but sign-up is required (FIPPA ) Each lab has different software requirements - must check first

Two types: Simulations (anytime access) & Remote Trigger (must book time)
 Simulator & Remote Trigger (Must book time slots for these)

I really like that there is help with the lab (by email and by phone).

These labs are aimed at higher education. A grade 12 class may find some of them interesting and useful.

They do an excellent job of detailing each step in preparing the experiment. A person could watch these, take notes, and know exactly what to do in the lab. Some labs allow you to input data and see results, others are only observational, allowing students to learn procedure. The introduction & references provided for each lab are also detailed
 Chemistry (12), Physics, Biochemistry
Took some time to figure out how to manipulate the lab equipment, but hints are given in the lab steps.
Lab content is fairly high level; students would likely need to have an understanding of the basic concepts before attempting the lab.
Requires most up to date Java to run.
Lab window is quite small and can't be resized. The icons for labware and the font are also small. May be issues for students working with small screens or with vision problems.
 simulator Designed by faculty at Carnegie Mellon, so strong scientific basis.
The website contains virtual labs, but also scenario-based learning activities, tutorials and concept tests.
The scenario-based activities are easier to use - the screen allows both the instructions and the lab top to be visible at the same time. While these are not labs per se, they guide the student step by step through the process of gathering data and completing calculations.
Some of the virtual labs ask the students to design an experiment; this would be helpful as a prelab assignment.
 **** Biology (11), Junior Science, possibly some Biology (12)
 EasyNo challenges apparent
 various simulators
 The virtual labs come with audio; a voice reads the text on the screen.
Each lab also comes with a backgrounder that students can read to find out more about the process they are about to do.
All labs begin with an "Explore" task that has students click on each piece of equipment or material that will be used in the experiment. An explanation is given as to how the equipment will be used.