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Workshops

Listed below is a current list of workshops planned for the 2011 summer meeting.  Some details are subject to change.  All workshops will be held on the campus of Creighton University.  Shuttle buses will be available from the Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center.

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  • W10: Computer Problem Solving Coaches

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Ken Heller

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 21

    This workshop will introduce participants to three types of computer coaches that can be used to help students with problem solving in introductory physics. The workshop will include the motivation and use of the computer coaches and the process used to build and test them. Please bring your laptop to access the computer coaches. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation.

  • W11: A Research-based Methodology for Using Clickers

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Lin Ding

    Cost

    • Members: $77.00
    • Non-members: $102.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 16

    We invite high school and college teachers as well as research professionals to experience with us a new question sequence clicker methodology, which is proven to help students enjoy lectures and experience significant learning gains. Discussion leaders have created, validated, and evaluated for learning gains 167 conceptual clicker sequences containing 500 individual questions. The workshop will start with brief discussions of the new methodology, how sequences were created and validated, results of student surveys and evaluations of learning gains. Participants will have hands-on use of clickers while answering questions and observing presentation techniques. With workshop leaders as a resource, teams of participants will then create and present their own two-question sequences. At the workshop’s conclusion, participants will receive CDs containing all 167 sequences, relevant published papers and workshop slides.

  • Canceled: W12: Leadership Roles & Models in Academia And Bey

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $80.00
    • Non-members: $105.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 24

    Leadership Roles and Models in Academia And Beyond. As we adopt a more peer-oriented environment for our courses faculty begin losing their traditional role as leaders in the classroom. In addition, more and more we are asked to participate in bringing about change in our classes and beyond -- changes in pedagogy, changes in diversity and inclusion, and even to initiate/participate in research or teaching groups. How do we share the authority of learning in our classes without ceding the final responsibility for that learning? What models of leadership and participation exist that can help us adapt to the changing demands? And how do we model these roles so that students can effectively develop these leadership skills as well? Using discussions, readings, and case studies we will explore these questions as we attempt to characterize effective leadership and our most appropriate response to the challenges and opportunities of leadership demands from our professional lives.

  • Canceled: W14: Using FPGAs in the Digital Lab

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $75.00
    • Non-members: $100.00

    Seats

    • Max: 16
    • Available: 16

    As part of an advanced lab course students are exposed to the basics of analog and digital electronics. In the last few years the physical implementation of digital circuits has moved away from the traditional application specific standard products (ASSPs), such as the 4000 or 7400 series chips, towards Field Programmable Gate-Arrays (FPGAs) and Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLDs). This workshop covers the experience of converting the 3-week digital logic lab segment of an advanced lab course from ASSPs towards FPGAs. Educational hardware and software, options of programming the devices and some lab exercises and applications suitable for such a lab course are presented. As demonstration and practice, the participants will use their laptops to program and interface the devices. A basic knowledge of digital logic will be assumed.

  • W01: Critical Thinking in Introductory Astronomy

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Joe Heafner

    Cost

    • Members: $90.00
    • Non-members: $115.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 17

    In this workshop, participates will engage in inquiry activities designed to emphasize critical thinking and scientific reasoning within the context of introductory astronomy. Content may include activities applicable to all science (e.g. logical fallacies, terminology, etc.) and activities specific to astronomy (e.g. shadows, lunar illumination, etc.) These activities are part of the Learning Critical Thinking Through Astronomy Project and its associated textbook (in development). Participants should bring notebook computers with wifi capability.

  • W02: Developing a High-Altitude Balloon Program

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Kendra Sibbernsen

    Cost

    • Members: $180.00
    • Non-members: $205.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 15

    Developing a High-Altitude Balloon Program: Sending a Hands-On STEM Project to the Edge of Space. You can participate in a Near-Space mission using a high-altitude balloon taking your experiments to 20 miles above the Earth where you can see the blackness of space in the middle of the day. High-altitude ballooning can be geared toward all levels of students (K-12 and college) in many different science and math courses through a fun and exciting hands-on activity they will remember for a lifetime. At this workshop, we will present information on how you can start your own ballooning program and you will have the same challenges and excitement that the students experience. Our attendees will participate in developing scientific experiments, planning a flight, conducting a launch, tracking the payloads, collecting data in real-time, and recovering the equipment.

  • W03: Learning Physics While Practicing Science

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Eugenia Etkina, David Brookes, Alan van Heuvelen

    Cost

    • Members: $115.00
    • Non-members: $140.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 0

    Participants' will learn how to modify introductory physics courses to help students acquire a good conceptual foundation, apply this knowledge effectively in problem solving, and develop the science process abilities needed for real life work. We provide tested curriculum materials including: The Physics Active Learning Guide with 30 or more activities per textbook chapter for use with any textbook in lectures, recitations and homework; (b) a website with over 200 videotaped experiments and associated questions for use in lectures, recitations, laboratories, and homework; and (c) a set of labs with inexpensive equipment that can be used to construct, test and apply concepts to solve practical problems. During the workshop we will illustrate how to use the materials not only in college and high school physics courses but also in courses for future physics teachers to have an explicit emphasis on using the processes of science and various cognitive strategies.

  • W04: Physics By Design

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Julia Olsen

    Cost

    • Members: $125.00
    • Non-members: $150.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 24

    What is understanding? What is the relationship between knowledge and understanding? What does "teaching for understanding" look like? Why is deeper understanding important in the current educational climate which emphasizes standardized assessments? These and other important questions will be explored as participants design, develop and refine a cohesive unit plan based on the principles found in Understanding by Design (UbD). In the UbD classroom, there are high expectations and incentives for all students while exploration of big ideas and essential questions is differentiated, so students who are able delve more deeply into the subject matter than others. This workshop is appropriate for instructors from pre-high school through college levels. Participants will receive a copy of UbD, 2nd Ed. Note: participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptops to the workshop, but a limited number of computers may be available? Contact the organizer (jkolsen@u.arizona.edu) if you will need one.

  • Canceled: W05: Piaget Beyond

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $110.00
    • Non-members: $135.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 24

    While early work of the Swiss Genetic Epistemologist, Jean Piaget, and co-workers in Geneva on developmental stages of reasoning was being shared in the 1970?s in physics education, Piaget and his co-workers were advancing understanding of the origins and development of human understanding of the world with a theory of cognitive equilibration. They explained how, why and under what circumstances human understanding changes. Piaget's evidence collection methods became the origins of physics education research (PER) in student conceptions. The PbP workshop will explore the implications of Piaget’s theory of cognitive equilibration for student learning and for new teaching practices in physics applicable to all levels. This workshop is a companion to the original AAPT workshop, Physics Teaching and the Development of Reasoning (PTDR). Participants will receive the PbP manual and boxed lunch as part of the fee.

  • W06: PIRA Lecture Demos 1

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Dale Stille and Sam Sampere

    Cost

    • Members: $125.00
    • Non-members: $150.00

    Seats

    • Max: 50
    • Available: 31

    Topics in this workshop cover the standard first semester of physics instruction from Mechanics to Thermal. It is taught by an experienced team of lecture demonstrators. The format allows for and encourages interplay between instructors and participants. It is recommended that both Lecture Demonstrations 1 and 2 be taken as this will cover the complete year of demonstrations needed for a typical course. The demonstrations used and exhibited will be based on, but not limited to, the PIRA top 200 list of demonstrations. See http://www.pira-online.org for more info on this list. Please note that this workshop is intended to expose as many demonstrations and ideas as possible to the participants. Since we will be doing approximately 100 demos during this workshop, time restraints DO NOT allow for extensive or in depth discussions of each demonstration. We will make every effort to answer all questions and concerns either during or after the workshop.

  • Canceled - W07: Research-Based Curricula and Computer

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $105.00
    • Non-members: $130.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 24

    (Cancelled) Research-Based Curricula and Computer Supported Tools to Revitalize Your Introductory Course. This hands-on workshop is designed for those who want to introduce active learning and computer tools into their introductory courses. We will introduce new approaches to teaching based on physics education research (PER) in lectures, labs, and recitations as well as studio and workshop environments. Among the approaches presented will be Interactive Lecture Demonstration (ILDs), Web-Based ILDs, RealTime Physics Labs, Activity Based Tutorials, Collaborative Problem-Solving Tutorials, Live Photo Assignments and Workshop Physics, as well as analytic modeling and video analysis tools. The computer tools used are available for both Macintosh and Windows computers. Results of studies on the effectiveness of these teaching strategies will also be presented. Current versions of the curricula, along with the book Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite by E.F. Redish will be distributed. Partially supported by the National Science Foundation.

  • Canceled: W08: Teaching Physics For the 1st or 50th Time

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $143.00
    • Non-members: $168.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 30

    Whether you are a seasoned teacher or a novice teaching physics for the first time, the workshop is designed to provide learning cycles for the first year of physics. Equipment is inexpensive and often found in the home or garage. The book is an excellent resource for those mentoring new teachers or involved in teacher training.

  • W09: The Physics of Energy

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Abigail Mechtenberg

    Cost

    • Members: $115.00
    • Non-members: $140.00

    Seats

    • Max: 40
    • Available: 28

    Whether motivated by energy security or environmental stability, physicists at all levels must play a role in the scientific literacy shaping the past as we have known it and the future of the world as we should know it. This workshop will open the eyes of practitioners to the vast array of teaching and learning possibilities for classroom application of Physics of Energy as well as illustrate how this curriculum and research has been implemented in the US and Uganda. During the workshop ten laboratories will be executed in groups as well as a final energy competition. All participants will leave with a CD of resources. Together the workshop will weave a coherent common thread of Physics of Energy from mechanical to electrical energy - four devices, thermal to electrical - three devices, solar to electrical - 1 device, and chemical to electrical energy - 2 devices.

  • Canceled: W15: Introductory Laboratories

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $90.00
    • Non-members: $115.00

    Seats

    • Max: 7
    • Available: 7

    At six stations, presenters will demonstrate an approach to an introductory laboratory exercise, discussing the apparatus and techniques used. The experiments and presenters are from colleges and universities across the United States. Attendees will cycle through the stations and have an opportunity to use each apparatus. Documentation will be provided for each experiment, with lab manuals, sample data, equipment lists, and construction or purchase information. This workshop is appropriate primarily for college and university instructional laboratory developers.

  • W16: Laserfest Apparatus and Activitiess

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Pati Sievert, David Sturm, Dale Stille

    Cost

    • Members: $80.00
    • Non-members: $105.00

    Seats

    • Max: 60
    • Available: 43

    LaserFest 2010 (http://www.laserfest.org/) included many physics outreach programs around the world with programming styled 'LaserFest On The Road'. We have invited leaders from many of these programs to share activity ideas both from LaserFest and from related laser-based physics demonstration shows and exhibits. The "focus" is on items you can use in both outreach and the classroom. We'll look (with our one remaining good eye!) at a top 20 laser demo list. We share some of our favorite exhibits and construction techniques. We’ll build a few take-home pieces. Safety discussions about how to use lasers with (not on!) students and the public will of course be included. And don't forget, we'll network, share, and develop plenty of new ideas for laserific road show gear. For more information, check for updates. [LaserFest programming originally supported by a consortium led by APS and the Optical Society.]

  • W17: Modeling Applied To Problem-Solving

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    David Prichard

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 40
    • Available: 27

    This workshop will introduce participants to a modeling-based approach to problem solving, a pedagogy that enables students to attain significant expert-like improvement of their problem solving. Students develop more expert-like attitudes towards science, particularly in problem-solving self confidence, and the skills they learn transfer to a subsequent E&M course. The workshop goal is to enable participants to introduce some or all of this pedagogy into their courses with the help of our Integrated Learning Environment for Mechanics (ILEM). Hosted in LON-CAPA, an open source online learning environment, ILEM incorporates our modeling pedagogy into a standard introductory mechanics syllabus and combines multi-level research-based homework sets with a WIKI-text. Workshop participants will sample the various teaching materials for in-class use and will participate in some innovative activities (participants are encouraged to bring their laptops for a hands-on introduction to ILEM). We seek users/collaborators for our materials, which can be freely modified.

  • Canceled: W18: Physics and Performance

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $80.00
    • Non-members: $105.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 20

    Whether you are doing a demonstration show for 1000 people or teaching a class for 10 students, you are on stage. You are a performer, like it or not. And you'll be a better teacher or put on a better show if you give some thought to your performance. How do you engage the audience or the class? How do you present a demonstration for best effect? What role do costuming and staging play on the stage or in the classroom? This will be an active workshop. Bring along a demonstration that you present in your class or in a show. We'll work in groups to share ideas, to develop short lessons or presentations, applying the principles of performance.

  • W19: Teaching Critical Thinking: Science and Religion

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jul 30
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Matthew Koss and Paul Nienaber

    Cost

    • Members: $80.00
    • Non-members: $105.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 9

    Recent interchanges between science and religion have sparked serious interest and no little heat. Science educators have an investment in these discussions, not just because they impact public school curricular policy –- curious students and colleagues often raise questions whose answers require examining subtle distinctions. This workshop seeks to map out a particular approach to the discourse, an explorative juxtaposition of fundamental (and sometimes deeply implicit) characteristics of the two principal disciplines (science and theology). The intent is not to exhaustively survey the current literature, nor to demolish or advocate particular positions. The aim, rather, is to provide an opportunity for participants and presenters to interact in a number of guided discussions and activities on this topic. These directed engagements will help construct a framework that the presenters feel will permit participants to address the issues more productively, and to open avenues to better help students develop critical thinking skills.

  • W13: Pre-College Labs: Student Centered Lab Progression

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Marsha Hobbs, Steve Lindaas

    Cost

    • Members: $80.00
    • Non-members: $105.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 24

    Pre-College Labs: Student Centered Lab Progression for Vertical Alignment. Experience real and virtual lab activities covering basic electricity and magnetism from simple circuits to motors and speakers. We will discuss ways to engage as well as challenge each student so that they learn no matter their age or ability level. We will also explore how activities can be vertically aligned, connecting content across grades. You will leave with materials and activities, energized and ready to spark the joy of discovery in your students. Share ideas, experiences, and aspirations as we explore ways to enhance the excitement of learning. No prior knowledge of electricity and magnetism is assumed. These activities have been used successfully in elementary classrooms to college engineering courses.

  • W26: Activities for Teaching Climate and Climate Change

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Brian Jones

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 6

    During the day, the earth is warmed by sunlight. This is something that your students can see, something that they can feel. But, over the course of a day and night, the surface of the earth receives more radiant energy from the bottoms of clouds and the lower atmosphere than it does from the sun. This influence of thermal radiation is critically important for an understanding of the earth’s climate and how it is changing. In this workshop we’ll share activities that make this invisible form of energy transfer tangible. We’ll also share activities that illuminate other important but complex concepts, such as how climate models work, how feedbacks, both positive and negative, affect the climate. Our goal is to give you a set of tools to give your students a real understanding of the earth’s climate and how scientists predict its development in the future.

  • W27: Can You Use Inquiry To Teach Radioactivity? Yes!

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Andy Johnson

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 15

    Can high school or beginning college students develop meaningful understandings of radioactivity via inquiry? They can now! The Inquiry-Based Radiation project is supported by a CCLI grant (DUE 0942699). Roughly thirty hours of inquiry materials are currently available. Content includes basic properties of ionizing radiation, interaction of radiation with matter (including health effects), the origins of radiation and nuclear waste. These research-based materials resolve numerous student difficulties and problematic conceptions that we have identified through repeated classroom trials, observations, and interviews with students. Notable examples include recognizing the quantized character of radiation, EM vs. ionizing radiation, the behavior and structure of atoms, the ionization process, and the meaning of half life. Participants will get a flavor of the materials, learn about learning issues and receive a CD containing the current version including fun and effective simulators.

  • W28: Computational Physics Examples To Include in Physics

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Rubin Landau

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 18

    Computational Physics Examples to Include in Physics Courses. Although physics faculties are incorporating computers to enhance physics education, computation is often viewed as a “black box” whose inner workings need not be understood. We propose to open up the computational black box by providing Computational Physics (CP) curricula materials based on a problem-solving paradigm that can be incorporated into existing physics classes, or used in stand-alone CP classes. The curricula materials assume a computational science point of view, where understanding of the applied math and the CS is also important, and usually involve a compiled language in order for the students to get closer to the algorithms. The materials derive from a new CP eTextbook available from Compadre that includes video-based lectures, programs, applets, visualizations and animations.

  • W29: Blurring the Lines: ILD's (and Other Activities) in An

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Robert Hobbs

    Cost

    • Members: $84.00
    • Non-members: $109.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 15

    The small classrooms common in two year colleges and smaller universities offer unique opportunities for blending Physics Education Research (PER) based pedagogies with other lab and classroom activities. This workshop will present diverse examples where Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILD’s) and other technologies are combined in this environment. Examples include demonstrations that use computers, demonstrations that become guided inquiry activities for part or all of the class period, and demonstrations with clicker stimulated discussion. Additional activities will be presented that integrate familiar uses of computers (e.g. simulating concepts or environments not easily created in the lab, rapidly analyzing or presenting data in uniquely accessible forms, and capturing phenomena not easily observed) with other curricular elements in ways that are suggested by insights from PER. The workshop will prepare participants for a closing discussion identifying competing factors that they must weigh in making appropriate choices in their local departments or individual classes.

  • Canceled: W30: Introduction To Astronomy Education Research

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 48
    • Available: 48

    Astronomy Education Research (AER) results can be confusing to interpret. Thinking about doing AER can be very daunting. Yet the skills of interpreting and doing ought to be in the teaching toolkit of every astronomy teacher. This hands-on workshop will introduce the key concepts and concerns of AER. We will explore quantitative and qualitative techniques; the different ethical and validity standards between research, evaluation, and action-research; and the tools of the trade. Doing AER in your own classroom is the best way to improve your own teaching.

  • W31: LivePhoto Physics: Video-Based Motion Analysis for Home

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Robert Teese

    Cost

    • Members: $75.00
    • Non-members: $100.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 11

    This workshop is for physics teachers who wish to explore the use of video-based motion analysis in a wide range of applications including the teaching laboratory, projects and homework. Participants will learn how to make digital video clips for analysis, as well as how to use video analysis for homework problems and in the classroom. We will discuss educationally effective uses of video analysis being developed in the LivePhoto Physics project, the Workshop Physics project and in other settings. Evaluation copies of analysis software, selected digital video clips and homework assignments will be provided to the participants for their use after the workshop. The software used in this workshop is available for both Mac and Windows computers. Participants in this workshop may find that some prior, hands-on experience with basic video analysis using software such as Logger Pro or Tracker will be helpful but is not required.

  • W32: NTIPERs: Research-based Reasoning Tasks for Introductor

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    David Maloney

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 28
    • Available: 16

    A common question instructor’s wrestle with is: How do I get my students to develop a strong understanding of physics? In this workshop you will explore some new materials designed to get students to think about fundamental concepts in alternative and multiple ways to promote robust learning. Participants will work with a variety of tasks and task formats that require students to think about the basic physics in the domains of kinematics and dynamics, including rotational dynamics, in nonstandard ways. Participants will be given a CD with more than 400 tasks, and other materials.

  • W33: What Every Physics Teacher Should Know About Cognitive

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Chandralekha Singh

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 6

    In the past few decades, cognitive research has made significant progress in understanding how people learn. The understanding of cognition that has emerged from this research can be particularly useful for physics instruction. We will discuss and explore, in a language accessible to everybody, how the main findings of cognitive research can be applied to physics teaching and assessment.

  • W20: Arduino Microcontrollers in the Physics Lab

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Eric Ayars

    Cost

    • Members: $175.00
    • Non-members: $200.00

    Seats

    • Max: 12
    • Available: 0

    The Arduino is an open-source microcontroller system that is relatively easy to use in a broad range of situations. In this workshop we will be building and programming a small self-contained Arduino "datalogger" that can record time-stamped analog data and then report that data to a separate computer for analysis at a later time.

  • W21: Computer Modeling & The Physics Classroom Web Resources

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Wolfgang Christian

    Cost

    • Members: $90.00
    • Non-members: $115.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 16

    Did you know you can put together your own customized collection to integrate computer-based modeling and interactive tutorials into your classroom? This workshop shows you how. Participants will build their own personal resource collection that combines ready-to-run simulations from the Open Source Physics Collection with material from other ComPADRE collections such as The Physics Classroom. Once created, instructors can directly share their resource collection with colleagues and students with a dedicated URL provided by ComPADRE. Integrating computer models and tutorials into a traditional curriculum can make difficult concepts much more accessible to students. Afternoon breakout sessions provide opportunities for guided in-depth study of ComPADRE community tools, such as shared filing cabinets, and OSP applications, such as the Easy Java Simulations modeling tool and the Tracker video modeling tool. All materials are free and are provided on CD and on the OSP ComPADRE website: .

  • W22: Make, Take, and Do; A PTRA Workshop

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Tom Senior

    Cost

    • Members: $105.00
    • Non-members: $130.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 19

    Participants will build a selection of our favorite Make/Take/do activities from our years with the PTRA program. The apparatus produced will span many topics in introductory physics. Not only will participants make the apparatus, but will gather suggestions on how and when to use it.

  • Canceled: W23: Math Machines: Connecting Physics With Math

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $110.00
    • Non-members: $135.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 20

    Math Machines: Connecting Physics with Math and Engineering. Each participant will make-and-take 2 "math machines" (an automated servo motor and an RGB color mixer) which their students can control using free-form algebraic or trigonometric functions. They will also receive a SensorDAQ interface with 2 probes and a CD with all necessary control software along with classroom activities in Word format. Math machine activities engage students in designing and testing mathematical functions that control engineering-style physical systems and display immediate, physical and dynamic results. This workshop builds on an 11-year series of summer workshops for high school and college teachers conducted by math and physics faculty from Sinclair Community College. Participants will learn about opportunities for conducting similar summer workshops at their institutions. Please bring your own Windows laptop computer on which you can install the control software. Supported in part by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program through grant DUE-1003381. More information is available at www.mathmachines.net.

  • Canceled: W24: Physic Union Mathematics:

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $115.00
    • Non-members: $140.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 24

    Physic Union Mathematics: Science Processes and Mathematical Reasoning. Workshop participants will learn how to use Physics Union Mathematics (PUM) materials. PUM is a new curriculum that spans through middle school and high school and attempts to bridge the gap between physics and mathematics. It is based on the Investigative Science Learning Environment system (ISLE) that was found to help students learn physics and develop scientific abilities at the college level. The main feature of ISLE is that students learn physics by mirroring the processes physicists use to construct knowledge (some of those are experimental design and reasoning with multiple representations). PUM materials can be used in middle school physical science, Physics First, College Prep, Honors and AP physics. We provide 9 high school and 4 middle school modules broken into individual lessons with homework, daily assessments, final module tests, and a website with more than 200 videotaped experiments and supporting questions. Modules can be used with any textbook.

  • W25: PIRA Lecture Demos 2

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Dale Stille and Sam Sampere

    Cost

    • Members: $125.00
    • Non-members: $150.00

    Seats

    • Max: 50
    • Available: 36

    Topics in this workshop cover the standard second semester of physics instruction from E&M to Modern plus Astronomy. It is taught by an experienced team of lecture demonstrators. The format allows for and encourages interplay between instructors and participants. It is recommended that both Lecture Demonstrations 1 and 2 be taken as this will cover the complete year of demonstrations needed for a typical course. The demonstrations used and exhibited will be based on, but not limited to, the PIRA top 200 list of demonstrations. See http://www.pira-online.org for more info on this list. Please note that this workshop is intended to expose as many demonstrations and ideas as possible to the participants. Since we will be doing approximately 100 demos during this workshop, time restraints DO NOT allow for extensive or in depth discussions of each demonstration. We will make every effort to answer all questions and concerns.

  • W44: Teaching Astronomy With Ranking Tasks

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Kevin Lee, Ed Prather

    Cost

    • Members: $35.00
    • Non-members: $60.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 15

    Ranking tasks are a powerful example of curricular materials for promoting active engagement in the classroom and they have a long history of usage in physics. A ranking task typically provides the learner with a series of pictures or diagrams that describe several slightly different variations of a basic physical situation. The student is then asked to make a comparative judgment and order or rank the various situations based on some physical outcome or result. These novel and intellectually challenging tasks effectively probe student understanding at a deep conceptual level. This workshop will expose participants to two libraries of ranking tasks for use in introductory astronomy at either the college or high school level: 1) pencil-and-paper versions appropriate for group work in the classroom or assigned as homework, and 2) computerized versions that contain extensive randomization, background material, and feedback. Participants will work through several sequences of ranking tasks in both formats and then discuss implementation of ranking tasks in their classroom. All materials will be made available to participants via the web before the workshop and participants are expected to preload them on a laptop which they bring to the workshop. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants #0737376 and #0715517, a CCLI Phase III Grant for the Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS).

  • Canceled: T01: Interactive Learning At Home With the

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 30

    Interactive Learning at Home with the Pathway Active Learning Environment. The Pathway Active Learning Environment is an online interactive tutoring system designed to provide students with a supplemental, interactive educational experience at home, when their classroom teacher is not available. This system is targeted at high school, algebra- or concept-based physics students. It allows students to get pre-recorded video responses to their physics questions from experienced, young physics teachers. We currently have three lessons, one on each of Newton's laws, which guide the interaction, providing students with a context in which to learn physics. The lesson activities center around video clips of physical phenomena, providing a connection between physics concepts and the real world. Frame-by-frame capabilities allow for the extraction of both quantitative and qualitative information. In this workshop we will demonstrate the features of the system and discuss implementation strategies for teachers who might be interested in using the Pathway Active Learning Environment with their students.

  • Canceled: W34: Action Research in the High School

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $75.00
    • Non-members: $100.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 30

    Working collaboratively with others to study, reflect and make systematic improvements in some aspect of one’s own teaching practice is called “action research”. Teachers who engage in this process have opportunities to contribute much to the field, not only to their site-based instructional team or their school district, but potentially to broader reform of secondary science curriculum. In some cases, an action research project is a required element of a master’s degree program. In others it is undertaken as a personal or a collective effort to improve student outcomes in a school or district. During this workshop, participants will learn how to plan, conduct and utilize classroom action research from the perspective of both the research experience coordinator and from teachers who have engaged in the action research process. We will discuss research planning and design, human subjects, approval, data collection and analysis, publication and dissemination of results.

  • W35: Advanced and Intermediate Laboratories

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Van Bistrow

    Cost

    • Members: $140.00
    • Non-members: $165.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 15

    This workshop is appropriate for college and university instructional laboratory developers. At each of six stations, presenters will demonstrate an approach to an intermediate or advanced laboratory exercise. Each presenter will show and discuss the apparatus and techniques used. Attendees will cycle through the stations and have an opportunity to use each apparatus. Documentation will be provided for each experiment, with sample data, equipment lists, and construction or purchase information.

  • W36: Designing and Implementing An Inquiry-Based Physics Cou

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Lillian McDermott; Donna Messina

    Cost

    • Members: $95.00
    • Non-members: $120.00

    Seats

    • Max: 32
    • Available: 14

    The Physics Education Group at the University of Washington is developing a set of inquiry-oriented materials for the preparation of high school teachers. Tutorials for Teachers of Physics covers more advanced topics than Physics by Inquiry (Wiley, 1996) and goes into greater depth than Tutorials in Introductory Physics (Pearson, 2002). These materials are intended to help teachers strengthen their understanding of important concepts, gain familiarity with common student difficulties, reflect on research-validated instructional strategies, and practice assessing student learning. This workshop is primarily intended for faculty and others responsible for the preparation and professional development of teachers. Participants will gain hands-on experience with Tutorials for Teachers of Physics, which have been tested in courses and institutes for preservice and inservice teachers. Requirements for effective implementation will be discussed. *Supported in part by the NSF.

  • Canceled - W37: Falsification Labs

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $75.00
    • Non-members: $100.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 20

    Verification labs are a staple in many physics courses, but what about falsification? It is important for students to be able to recognize and test wrong ideas as well as right ones. In this workshop, we will present a number of laboratory exercises based on plausible-but-wrong theories which can be tested in a typical lab period. All of the exercises can be performed with minimal equipment, and are appropriate for high-school or introductory college physics labs. Participants will have opportunity to try the experiments, experience some of the pitfalls involved, and develop similar experiments of their own.

  • W38: Free Physics Webtools

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Cathy Ezrailson, Steve Henning

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 11

    Web 2.0 teaching tools, easily learned, free and immediately available could markedly enhance and augment physics learning in novel and unforeseen ways. Using web tech tools such as Google Docs to organize, design, access and assess lessons seamlessly is integral to teaching in the 21st century Classroom. This paper illustrates examples of best teaching practices that incorporate these tools for high school and college instruction. Ezrailson, C. M. (2010, July) Web Tech Tools for Teachers, Workshop, Summer AAPT Meeting, Portland, OR Ezrailson, C. M. (2010, Feb). Tech Tool Savvy for Physics Teachers. AAPT Winter Meeting, Washington, DC. Ezrailson, C. M. (2009, July) A Taste of Technology: Blogs, Wikis, Forums' and more. AAPT Summer Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI Mason, B. & Mancuso, C. (2007, Fall). Pedagogy in Action: On-line resources for physics faculty and teachers, Forum on Education of the American Physical Society

  • Canceled:W39: Implementing a Diagnostic Learning Environment

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 24

    A diagnostic learning environment is one in which assessments are used for formative purposes. Formative assessment identifies the details of students' understanding and reasoning. This allows the teacher to address specific student ideas with targeted instruction. What does formative assessment look like and why do we think it is important? How do teacher-educators help pre-college teachers construct an understanding of what formative assessment is and how to implement it? In this workshop we will analyze video and written classroom data, diagnose student understanding of specific ideas using evidence from classrooms, and consider instructional implications. We will consider evidence of ways in which pre-college teachers understand and implement formative assessment in their classrooms. In addition, participants will learn about the Diagnoser Project’s free instructional tools to help diagnose precollege student thinking and guide instructional decisions. Participants are invited to bring their own laptop.

  • W40: Make Your Own Teacher 2.0 Websites

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Lee Trampleasure, Steve Peroni

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 17

    You will leave this workshop with a fully-functional "Web 2.0" site ready to use in the fall. We will start by presenting features of PBWorks and Moodle as possible pMake Your Own Teacher 2.0 Websiteslatforms, then participants will select their choice and begin creating their web site. Web 2.0 sites are interactive and allow communication between students and instructor, as well as student to student, using bulletin boards, wikis, databases, etc. Advanced features include online quizzes, surveys, chat, embedding YouTube videos, Google aps and docs. Both platforms are free for teachers and students. Participants may bring their own laptops or use computers provided at the workshop. If you have questions, please email us at lee@trampleasure.net (Moodle) or peronis@northshoreschools.org (PBWorks).

  • W41: Physics and Toys I: Force, Motion, Light, and Sound

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Beverley Taylor, Raymond Turner

    Cost

    • Members: $80.00
    • Non-members: $105.00

    Seats

    • Max: 36
    • Available: 8

    This hands-on workshop is designed for teachers at all levels in search of fun physics demonstrations, lab experiments, and interactive materials through the use of ordinary children's toys. More than 75 toys will be demonstrated, and the physical principles related to these toys will be discussed. This workshop will concentrate on toys that illustrate the concepts of force, equilibrium, linear and rotational motion, optics and light, sound and waves. You will have the opportunity to participate in both qualitative and quantitative investigations using some of these toys. The workshop leaders have found that toys can be utilized at all grade levels from kindergarten thought college by varying the sophistication of the analysis. These same toys can also be used for informal presentations to public groups of all ages, whether children or adults. Participants will be given a small assortment of toys to help start their own toy collection.

  • W42: Skepticism in the Classroom

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Dean Baird, Matt Lowry

    Cost

    • Members: $80.00
    • Non-members: $105.00

    Seats

    • Max: 32
    • Available: 24

    We will present a variety of lessons, appropriate for the physics classroom, that focus on the skeptical and critical thinking nature of science. Some lessons involve obvious physics content; some bring in examples from the real world. Participants will leave with ready-to-use lessons (video clips and student worksheets) and resources designed to bring healthy, scientific skepticism to their classrooms. Topics will include firewalking, ghosts and angels, balance bracelets, the credulity of local media, and more.

  • W43: Strategies To Help Women Succeed In Physics Related Pr

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jul 31
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Chandralekha Singh

    Cost

    • Members: $70.00
    • Non-members: $95.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 11

    Strategies to Help Women Succeed In Physics Related Professions. Women are severely under-represented in physics-related professions. This workshop will explore strategies to help women faculty members in K-12 education, colleges and universities understand and overcome barriers to their advancement in careers related to physics. A major focus of the workshop will be on strategies for navigating effectively in different situations in order to succeed despite the gender schema, stereotypes and subtle biases against women physicists. We will also examine case studies and learn effective strategies by role playing.

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