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  Session: Best Practices in Educational Technology II
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: How I Met Your Motherboard: Integrating Smartphones into Classrooms
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 1:00PM
  Author: Colleen L. Countryman, North Carolina State University
716-949-5070, cblanz@ncsu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Michael A. Paesler, William R. Sams
  Abstract: In the current technological environment, most students own smartphones. These smartphones contain internal sensors capable of collecting data in instructional physics labs. By utilizing these devices, university teaching laboratories can decrease their dependence on costly proprietary software, sensors, and sensor interfaces. Also, since students are typically already familiar with personal devices, pedagogical hurdles often encountered in instructional physics labs are diminished. MyTech is a series of labs that takes advantage of these devices in a first-semester mechanics lab at NC State. The MyTech labs require no more than a smartphone (and a computer webcam) and free software to collect data. We present preliminary results from the shifts in kinematic graph skills, attitudes and technological anxiety that occur with the MyTech lab curriculum to those that occur with a traditional lab curriculum. We discuss some common obstacles encountered in this case study and how best to avoid them.
  Footnotes: Sponsors: Dr. Robert Beichner and Dr. Michael Paesler
  Presentation: Lanz-AAPT-PERC2014.pdf

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