Fun, Engaging and Effective Labs and Demos in Mechanics and Optics with Clickers, Video Analysis and Computer-Based Tools

David Sokoloff, Priscilla Laws and Ronald Thornton

Half-day workshop. Next offering at Winter AAPT Meeting, Atlanta, GA, February 18, 2017.

RealTime Physics and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations have been available for over 15 years—so what’s new? Participants in this workshop will have hands-on experience with some of the new activities in RTP and ILD using of clickers, video analysis and computer-based tools to teach mechanics and optics concepts. These active learning approaches for lectures, labs, and recitations (tutorials) are fun, engaging and validated by physics education research (PER). Research results demonstrating the effectiveness of these curricula will be presented. The following will be distributed: Modules from the Third Edition of RTP, the ILD book, and Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite by E.F. Redish. For more information, contact David Sokoloff. Pre-registration required. To register, go to the AAPT Web-Site.


Interactive Lecture Demonstrations—What’s New? ILDs Using Clickers and Video Analysis

David Sokoloff,  Priscilla Laws and Ronald Thornton

AAPT session. Next offering at AAPT Winter Meeting, Atlanta, GA, February 18-21, 2017, date and time TBA.

The results of physics education research and the availability of microcomputer-based tools have led to the development of the Activity Based Physics (ABP) Suite. Most of the ABP Suite materials are designed for hands-on learning, for example student-oriented laboratory curricula like RealTime Physics. One reason for the success of these materials is that they encourage students to take an active part in their learning. This interactive session will demonstrate Suite materials designed to promote active learning in lecture—Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs)—through active audience participation. The demonstrations will be drawn from energy, heat and thermodynamics, oscillations and waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. Results of studies on the effectiveness of this approach will be presented. This session should be of special interest to teachers of large lecture classes as well as those who teach small classes where only one computer is available. For more information, contact David Sokoloff. No pre-registration required. For more information on location, go to the AAPT Web-Site.


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