We have developed the computational tool ``Virtual Smart Materials Laboratory'' (VISMALAB) which is employed to enhance physical understanding of smart material systems by facilitating the interaction with a variety of physical environments. Objectives of VISMALAB are: (i) allow students to better correlate mathematical models with real physical systems, and (ii) aid the teacher in the process of establishing such connections. VISMALAB consists of software applets that integrate physically-based models, numerical solution techniques, and a graphical interface. Students interact with VISMALAB by adding physical features, changing model parameters, and evaluating the effects of the changes on system response. VISMALAB is funded in part by the National Science Foundation. VISMALAB v.1.0 for piezoelectric materials subjected to electric fields and stresses can be downloaded here.