Unlock the power of
Next Generation PhET® Simulations

PhET + metacog™ data-enabled simulations.

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The interactivity of PhET

Promote deep conceptual understanding
Engage in science inquiry practices
Use expert representations and models
Motivate interest in science and math

The insight of metacog

Store, Analyze and Visualize process data
Make sense of what learners did
Understand why they did it that way
Uncover learner misconceptions

Playback

Playback learner’s solutions to understand how learners solved challenges. Are there any misconceptions or other problems?

Scoring

Create rubric based automated scoring of open ended sims to test not only what learners KNOW but what they can DO. Extend your CEPA’s

Visualizing

Provide visual reporting of a class/group/learner’s performances to inform and target real-time instruction. Know more!

Metacog-Enabled PhET Simulations available now (with more on the way soon!)

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What is the PhET + metacog partnership?

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Metacog and PhET have partnered together to give you more power in the classroom. Now it is possible to combine the formative discovery of world class simulations with the power to assess open-ended mastery.

With the brilliant PhET simulations you have always had best-in-class interactive simulations for science and math. By adding metacog, PhET now brings you the ability to have data-enabled learning objects that can train the metacog machine learning system to rigorously score open ended-activities, let you visualize HOW and WHY they got it wrong (or right), what concepts they are missing and what process was followed. These new capabilities can generate new insights and discussions into metacognitive processes and support standards like Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Score PhET-based activities and tasks automatically

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Are your clients asking you for something better than multiple choice? Are they unsure how to teach and assess without stopping and testing?

PARCC, Smarter Balanced and Common Core standards enable much deeper assessment challenges to help college and career readiness and to develop complex 21st century problem-solving skills. NGSS also emphasizes evidence-based demonstration of procedural knowledge and cannot be practicably assessed utilizing multiple-choice automated scoring.

The problem is that there has been no ability (other than time-consuming hand-scoring) to score open ended challenges at scale that the new standards and guidelines enable. Enter metacog’s Invisible Integrated Assessment…


Educating the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers

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Learners generate rich data streams as they solve challenges. This data can be used to understand not only how they came to their final answer, but is a catalyst for metacognition and to more deeply understand where students are and what they should be doing next.

As students solve learning challenges, metacog can get incredibly fine grained information about student performances: how they think, how they approach difficult problems, whether they try very hard, or give up easily. We believe this type of information can replace the activity of stopping the learning process for testing.

What does metacog cost?


If you are looking for PhET’s free, un-instrumented simulations, visit phet.colorado.edu. As always, they remain available as an open educational resource.

The PhET + metacog bundle includes a full metacog license enabling you to create and instrument your own learning objects along with a license to use the new instrumented PhET simulations in conjunction with metacog services.

For more information on using metacog in your own projects go to: https://developer.metacog.com/

Your license of this bundle helps support continued availability and improvements of PhET simulations.

Researcher

Researchers, Developers & Datanauts

$1,098 / year
Online Support
Up to 350 learners
300 Data Retrieval calls/month
Includes license to enhanced PhET simulations

Standard

Assessors, Publishers, and Game Developers

$10,980 / year
Online Support
Up to 5000 Learners
300 Data Retrieval calls/month
Includes license to enhanced PhET simulations

Enterprise

Value pricing and volume based discounts

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Online Support
5000+ Learners
300 Data Retrieval calls/month
Includes license to enhanced PhET simulations

FAQ

  • Data Privacy Policy
    As students solve learning challenges, metacog can obtain incredibly fine-grained information about student performances: how they are thinking about a problem, how they approach difficult problems, whether they try very hard, or give up easily.

    We believe this type of information can replace the activity of stopping the learning for testing.
    We pledge to carry out responsible stewardship and appropriate use of student information. The Student Privacy Pledge includes accountabilty to:

    • Not sell student information
    • Not behaviorally target advertising
    • Use data for authorized education purposes only
    • Enforce strict limits on data retention
    • Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
    • Provide comprehensive security standards
    • Be transparent about collection and use of data.
  • What type of data does metacog collect?
    As users interact with the Services, metacog streams various types of process data based on interactions with a learning object. This data is limited to how learners solve challenges, and there is no personally identifiable information (PII), only keys representing anonymous users. We limit the data we collect to only what we believe is necessary to provide a better learning experience - process data on learning challenges.
    We do not ask Children, publishers, or assessment companies to submit Personally Identifiable Information. In unexpected instances we may unintentionally be sent persistent identifiers but these are anonymized and still secure and owned by the creators of the content, not metacog.
  • Does metacog sell learner data?
    We do not collect, use, or share any personal learner Information from users. We do not rent or sell your learner process Information to anyone. We use it as necessary to provide the Services, to comply with laws or as instructed by you. This Privacy Policy does not limit our ability to use Non-Personal Data — anonymized data that cannot be associated with an individual — for business purposes, to provide better more valuable learning analytics, and to provide diagnostics services to our customers.
    There are optional ways we may use and share Information we collect from users who have created a metacog account. We will only do this with your permission.
  • Why does metacog collect learner data?
    As students solve learning challenges, metacog can yield incredibly fine grained information about student performance behavior: how they think, how they approach difficult problems, whether they try very hard or give up easily. Metacog can inform learning guardians if a learner has misconceptions, and whether they are struggling or bored.

    We believe this type of information can replace the activity of stopping the learning process for testing and massively improve the information intelligence we can provide to instructors to help them target their valuable time where and when it is most needed.
    The rich data streams generated by learners as they solve challenges can be used to understand not only how they came to their final answer, but also to assess the quality of the learning objects themselves and to more deeply understand where students are and what they should be doing next.

    Learning products that are informed by metacog can help improve efficacy so that they contribute to deeper and more engaging learning experiences for their digital native learners.
  • Can I incorporate metacog into existing products?
    Metacog was built to make it easy to instrument existing learning objects as well as brand new learning products. Visit our developer page for detailed documentation around the instrumentation toolkit we make available for data-enabling your products. After using metacog, customers find that they can build far richer learning products than ever before with the new capabilities the platform enables.
  • I’m a developer - where do I find your API documentation?
    Metacog maintains a separate developer site with documentation for the various metacog API’s. Visit www.developer.metacog.com to learn more.
  • What is the cost of implementing metacog into my products?
    You can try metacog’s sandbox for free to see how it works. Metacog is built as a service that is very cost-effective compared to building and maintaining a highly performant Internet scale data infrastructure and platform and is value-priced based on volume. Metacog enables you to run the services you need at scale. If you are either a small or large organization that wants to self-serve and purchase metacog, information on API pricing can be found here.
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