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  Session: Best Practices in Educational Technology
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: The Power of Student Coding in Physics
  Meeting: 2016 Summer Meeting: Sacremento, California
  Location: N/A
  Time: 3:00PM
  Author: Joshua Gates, The Tatnall School
5852980868, jgates@tatnall.org
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Technology affords teachers numerous methods to improve the efficiency, flexibility, and speed of the sorts of tasks that educators have been doing for decades. These efficiencies are readily recognized and widely available, but they do not change the teaching or learning experiences in a meaningful way. The potential to explore qualitatively different avenues in physics education through technology is therefore often untapped, as many classrooms operate in much the same way as they did before the influx of classroom gadgets. There is, however, the potential to meaningfully change what is done in these classrooms, by using student coding. The potential for transformative effect of coding in classrooms reaches from introductory to upper-level courses. Tools, example assignments and applications, and ideas for effective coding instruction in the physics classroom will be presented.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: The Power of Student Coding in Physics.pdf

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