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My main area of research is on analogy and representations, particularly in educational computer simulations. There are a number of resources related to ongoing research on analogy and representation here (including curricular materials, assessments, and related research papers)

Currently, I am a research associate working for the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).

You can find my CV here.

Publications

N.S. Podolefsky, E.B. Moore, & K.K. Perkins, "Implicit scaffolding in interactive simulations: Design strategies to support multiple educational goals." Submitted to J. of Science Education and Technology. arXiv:1306.6544

D. Rehn, E.B. Moore, N.S. Podolefsky, & N.D. Finkelstein, "Tools for High-Tech Tool Use: A Framework and Heuristics for Using Interactive Simulations." J. of Online Learning and Teaching (in press)

N.S. Podolefsky, D. Rehn, & K.K Perkins, "Affordances of Play for Student Agency and Student-Centered Pedagogy." PERC Proceedings 2012. AIP. Full Piece

A. Paul, N.S. Podolefsky, & K.K. Perkins, "Guiding Without Feeling Guided: Implicit Scaffolding Through Interactive Simulation Design." PERC Proceedings 2012. AIP. Full Piece

Hensberry, K. K. R., Paul, A. J., Moore, E. B., Podolefsky, N. S., Perkins, K. K. "PhET Interactive Simulations: New Tools to Achieve Common Core Mathematics Standards." In D. Polly (Ed.) Common Core Mathematics Standards and Implementing Digital Technologies. IGI Global. (in press)

N.S. Podolefsky & K.K. Perkins, "Context Dependence of Teacher Practices in Middle School Science." PERC Proceedings 2011. AIP. Full Piece

K.K. Perkins, E.B. Moore, N.S. Podolefsky, K. Lancaster, C. Denison, "Towards research-based strategies for using PhET simulations in middle school physical science classes." PERC Proceedings 2011. AIP. Full Piece

N.S. Podolefsky, "Research on Games and Simulations in Education: Among Great Diversity, The Journal of Science Education and Technology Stands Out", J. Sci. Educ. Technol, 19(6), 2010 Journal Article

N.S. Podolefsky, K.K Perkins, W.K. Adams "Fostering Engaged Exploration with Computer Simulations." Phys. Rev. ST - Phys. Educ. Res. 6, 020117 (2010). Full Piece

N.S. Podolefsky, W.K. Adams, K. Lancaster, K.K. Perkins "Characterizing Complexity of Computer Simulations and Implicatioons for Student Learning." PERC Proceedings 2010. AIP Full Piece

N.S. Podolefsky, K.K. Perkins, W.K. Adams "Computer Simulations to Classrooms: Tools for change." PERC proceedings 2009, invited. AIP Full Piece

N.S. Podolefsky, W.K. Adams, C.E. Wieman "Student Choices when Learning with Computer Simulations." PERC Proceedings 2009. AIP Full Piece

N.S. Podolefsky, N.D. Finkelstein "How Abstract is Abstract? Layering Meaning in Physics. " PERC Proceedings 2008. AIP Full Piece

N.S. Podolefsky, N.D. Finkelstein "Salience of Representations and Analogies in Physics." PERC Proceedings 2007. AIP Full Piece

N.S. Podolefsky, N.D. Finkelstein "Analogical scaffolding and the learning of abstract ideas in physics: Empirical studies." Phys. Rev. ST - Phys. Educ. Res. 3, 020104 (2007) Journal Article

N.S. Podolefsky, N.D. Finkelstein "Analogical scaffolding and the learning of abstract ideas in physics: An example from eletromagnetic waves." Phys. Rev. ST - Phys. Educ. Res. 3, 010109 (2007) Journal Article

N.S. Podolefsky, N.D. Finkelstein “Reframing analogy: framing as a mechanism of analogy use.” PERC Proceedings 2006. AIP. Full Piece

N.S. Podolefsky, N.D. Finkelstein “The Perceived Value of Textbooks: Students and instructors may not see eye to eye.” The Physics Teacher 44, 6 (2006) Journal Article and Additional Materials

N.S. Podolefsky, N.D. Finkelstein "The Use of Analogy in Learning Physics: The Role of Representations."Phys. Rev. ST - Phys. Educ. Res. 2, 020101 (2006) Journal Article

N.S. Podolefsky, A. McNamara, S. Zhong (2004) “The anisotropic and rheological structure of the oceanic upper mantle from a simple model of plate shear.” Geophysical Journal International 158, 1 Full Piece

W.K. Adams, K.K. Perkins, N.S. Podolefsky, M. Dubson, N.D. Finkelstein, and C.E. Wieman (2006) “New instrument for measuring student beliefs about physics and learning physics: The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey.” Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2, 010101. Journal Article

N.D. Finkelstein, W.K. Adams, C.J. Keller, P.B. Kohl, R. LeMaster, K.K. Perkins, N.S. Podolefsky, S. Reid (2005) “When learning about the real world is better done virtually: A study of substituting computer simulations for laboratory equipment.” Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 1, 010103. Journal Article

N. D. Finkelstein, K. K. Perkins, W. Adams, P. Kohl, and N.S. Podolefsky, "Can computer simulations replace real equipment in undergraduate laboratories?" PERC Proceedings 2004. (2005) Journal Article

F. Behroozi and N. Podolefsky, "Capillary-gravity waves and the Navier-Stokes equation," Eur. J. Phys. 22(6), 587-593 (2001).

F. Behroozi and N. Podolefsky, "Dispersion of Capillary-gravity waves: A derivation based on conservation of energy," Eur. J. Phys. 22, 225-231 (2001)

Lead Simulation Designer

Gravity and Orbits (HTML5 Version) Under Development

Wave on a String (HTML5 Version) Under Development

Gravity Force Lab (HTML5 Version) Under Development

Balloons and Static Electricity (HTML5 Version) Under Development

John Travlogage (HTML5 Version) Under Development

Energy forms and Changes Sim Page

Forces and Motion: Basics Sim Page

Plate Tectonics Sim Page

Energy Skate Park: Basics Sim Page

Bending Light Sim Page

Capacitor Lab Sim Page

Gravity and Orbits Sim Page

Gravity Force Lab Sim Page

States of Matter Sim Page

Atonic Interactions Sim Page

Wave Interference Sim Page

Neuron Sim Page

Membrane Channels Sim Page

Natural Selection Sim Page

Eating and Exercise Sim Page

Gene Machine: The Lac Operon Sim Page

Alpha Decay Sim Page

Beta Decay Sim Page

Radioactive Dating Game Sim Page

Forces and Motion (Motion Suite Edition) Sim Page

Ramp: Forces and Motion (Motion Suite Edition) Sim Page

The Moving Man (Motion Suite Edition) Sim Page

Ladybug Motion 2D Sim Page

Other Written work

N.S. Podolefsky "Analogical Scaffolding: Making Meaning in Physics Through Representation and Analogy." Ph.D. thesis (2008). Full Piece (6.4 MB)

"The Use of Analogy in Physics Learning and Instruction" , Noah Podolefsky. My comprehensive exam paper, a literature review. Full Piece