Interactive demonstration


  • At its simplest, a demonstration is a show-and-tell. To make a demonstration interactive, the information must flow two ways; it must engage and activate students. Some caveats:
  • • All students must be able to see the demonstration and the details. You may need a projection system.
  • • The information must flow two ways; consider what the teacher does and what the students do.


  1. Physical models. Ask students to suggests changes that would affect your model.
  2. Interactive whiteboards. Use websites or flash animations.
  3. Act it out. The students do the wave or simulate how a bill becomes a law (another example).
  4. Clickers. Use anonymous feedback to modify your instruction.


  1. Teaching with interactive demonstrations (suggestions and examples from college-level geosciences)
  2. BrainPop (not a free site, but there are free examples)
  3. Teachers' Domain (awesome website with movie clips and flash animations; requires free registration)
  4. Try Science
  5. Net-based lessons
  6. Interactive physics demonstrations