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 AAPT Summer Meeting, College Park, MD, July 25-29, 2015. Date, time and location to be announced.

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

American Assoc. of Physics Teachers Invited/Contributed session. Next offering at AAPT Summer Meeting, College Park, MD, July 25-29, 2015. Date, time and location to be announced.

Description: 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.

Activity Based Physics in the Advanced Physics High School Classroom

Maxine Willis, Priscilla Laws, and Steve Henning

Full-day workshop. Next offering at American Assoc. of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, College Park, MD, July 25-29, 2015. Date, time and location to be announced.

This hands-on workshop is designed for teachers in advanced physics classes such as AP, International Baccalaureate and honors physics. Teachers attending should be interested in enabling their students to master physics concepts in mechanics by engaging in inquiry-based active learning. Participants will work with classroom-tested curricular materials drawn from the Activity Based Physics Suite materials. These curricula make creative use of flexible computer tools available from Vernier and PASCO. These materials have been developed in accordance with the outcomes of physics education research . Affordable access to the Suite materials for secondary school use is now available and will be discussed. For more information contact Maxine Willis, Associate Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dickinson College, willism@dickinson.edu. To register, go to the AAPT Web-Site.

Making Interactive Video Vignettes and Interactive Online Lectures

Bob Teese, Priscilla W. Laws, Patrick Cooney, Kathleen Koenig and Maxine C. Willis

Half-day workshop. Next offering at American Assoc. of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting, College Park, MD, July 25-29, 2015. Date, time and location to be announced.

The LivePhoto Physics Project is creating online activities that combine narrative videos with interactive, hands-on elements for the user including video analysis or making predictions based on replaying a short video. They can contain branching questions, where the user's answer affects the sequence of elements that follow. They are delivered over the Internet and run in a normal browser on the user's device. The same software can be used to make both short Interactive Video Vignettes and longer Interactive Web Lectures for flipped classrooms or online courses. In this workshop you will learn how to make your own vignettes and interactive web lectures using a Java application. You must have your own web server to host your activities. The web page http://ivv.rit.edu/workshop has detailed requirements for the video equipment and website you will need. (Supported by NSF grants DUE-1122828 and DUE-1123118.) For more information contact Maxine Willis, Associate Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dickinson College, willism@dickinson.edu. To register, go to the AAPT Web-Site.

 

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