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2011 Winter Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. January 8-12, 2011

Workshops

Below are a current list of workshops planned for the meeting. Some details are subject to change. All workshops will be held offsite at Jacksonville University.  Shuttle buses will be available from the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel.

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  • T01: Providing Feedback To Improve Instruction

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $40.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 20

    How do we break the cycle of "teaching as we were taught?" Will formative feedback accelerate teachers' professional growth? Recent education scholarship asks that teachers include active-learning, inquiry-based, and problem-solving strategies in their science instruction (Beichner, 2004).These reform strategies have been proven to spark student interest in science, help students-especially women and underrepresented minorities-learn more and get better grades, and lead students to enroll in advanced science courses (Handelsman, 2004). Analyzing video records, of classroom interactions, has long been used as a tool for educational research, and more recently to provide evidence for changes in teaching practice and teacher growth over time. This tutorial will develop the rationale for studying teaching using classroom video and the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol. We will engage participants in the exploratory use of the tool through selected video clips and provide examples of how others have used the RTOP tool.

  • Canceled - T02: Civic Engagement and Service Learning in

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Cost

    • Members: $40.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 30

    This tutorial is aimed at those interested in improving physics education within the context of civic engagement (including service learning). We will discuss examples from across the country, and engage in group activities that will provide a springboard for making curricular changes that will make civic engagement an integral part of the physics curriculum. During the tutorial we will also describe the national dissemination program SENCER, which connects science and civic engagement by teaching "through" complex, capacious, and unresolved public issues, and ways to participate in its activities.

  • T03: Preparing Teacher Candidates To Teach the New AP Physic

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Organizer

    Gay Stewart

    Cost

    • Members: $40.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    Seats

    • Max: 70
    • Available: 64

    There will be a brief discussion on the nature and development of the new AP Physics B courses. We will move into what impact these changes may have on what faculty need to do when they prepare teachers, or what teacher mentors may need to do differently to support teachers in these greatly improved courses. The conceptual level is significantly deeper, but, because of the two years, the first year could be accessible to more students. Currently, Physics B is supposed to follow a preparatory course. Now, the material is divided up and deepened to make each year a stand-alone, rigorous, conceptual and problem-solving course. These can be placed flexibly into a school's curriculum; examples will be discussed. We will share examples of features of our program that prepare pre-service teachers for best-practice classes. There are some resources available to help new and practicing, but perhaps not richly prepared, teachers.

  • W01: Critical Thinking in Introductory Astronomy

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Joe Heafner

    Cost

    • Members: $40.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    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: Potpourri of Physics Simulations

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Paul Williams

    Cost

    • Members: $45.00
    • Non-members: $70.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 4

    A large number of simulations have become available over the last few years. This workshop will look at simulations from a consumer?s point of view with a focus on effectively using simulations in the Physics classroom. A number of strategies for incorporating simulations into instruction such as free inquiry activities, guided inquiry activities, lab activities (including quantitative data acquisition), and conceptual exercises based on simulations will be explored. The workshop will focus on three packages of simulations/animations that are available for free on the web including PhET simulations, Physlet simulations, and simulations and animations from the MIT TEAL site. As part of the workshop, participants will design an activity which incorporates a simulation. Participants who wish to run the simulations from their own laptop are encouraged to bring their laptop to the workshop.

  • Canceled - W03: Ring Flinger Make and Take

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $190.00
    • Non-members: $215.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 20

    You will construct your very own Elihu-Thompson Coil (PIRA 5K20.30). This device throws metal rings 3m into the air. The device comes with four rings to demonstrate various principles. We will discuss the theory and operation of this intriguing apparatus. Please remember to provide shipping to your instituition.

  • W04: NTIPERS: Research-Based Reasoning Tasks for Intro Mech

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Dave Maloney

    Cost

    • Members: $60.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    Seats

    • Max: 28
    • Available: 20

    A common question instructors 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.

  • W05: Ben Franklin As My Lab Partner

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Robert Morse

    Cost

    • Members: $52.00
    • Non-members: $77.00

    Seats

    • Max: 12
    • Available: 2

    Benjamin Franklin's experiments and observations on electricity established his reputation as a scientist, our electrical conventions and vocabulary, and the principle of charge conservation. In his letters, Franklin builds, test, and defends his model with skill and eloquence, arguing from experiment, sharing both his wisdom and doubts, while conveying his fascination with electricity. As Franklin lacked formal schooling in mathematics, his theory was qualitative, and is an approachable example of hands-on and minds-on construction of a conceptual model with significant explanatory power. In this workshop (developed at the Wright Center for Science Teaching at Tufts University), working with Franklin's descriptions, we will recreate many of his experiments using modern, inexpensive materials. Participants will receive a kit of materials, selections from the workshop manual and a CD-ROM containing the complete workshop manual, a collection of Franklin's letters relating to electricity, and movie clips illustrating the experiments.

  • W06: Grant Writing 101: Grant Writing Workshop for New Fac.

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Paula Engelhardt

    Cost

    • Members: $40.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 13

    This workshop is intended for individuals who in their last year of graduate school, in a post-doctoral position or are new faculty members. The workshop will focus on navigating the National Science Foundation (NSF) website, finding alterative funding sources such as Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and state and local funding agencies, and preparing the grant proposal. Tips and suggestions for developing ideas and seeing them through to the development of the grant proposal will be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring with them grant ideas to discuss with the group.

  • Canceled - W07: The Art of Teaching in Minority High Schools

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $47.00
    • Non-members: $72.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 24
  • W08: Household Electricity in the Physics Classroom

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    John Lewis

    Cost

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

    Seats

    • Max: 12
    • Available: 3

    Everything you need to start a household electricity unit in your physics classroom. Participants will build a student station that will accommodate actual electrical components used in common household electric projects. The station includes a fused power supply, conduit-connected electric boxes which will simulate an actual house with actual electrical requirements. These include 2-way and 3-way switched overhead lamps, a common outlet, a complete bedroom, doorbells, thermostats and more! You'll actually bring home a brief-case-sized self-contained student station with all of the equipment to build the circuits above and plans to build similar kits for each of your lab stations. No experience necessary. We will build and assemble the stations during the morning and use them to perform the student experiments during the afternoon. The "final exam" will be building your own working lamp "from scratch". Come enjoy this totally hands on approach to the world of household electricity.

  • Canceled - W09: Curricula and Tools To Revitalize the Intro

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

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

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 24

    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.

  • W10: Designing and Implementing An Inquiry-based Physics Cou

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Lillian McDermott

    Cost

    • Members: $65.00
    • Non-members: $90.00

    Seats

    • Max: 32
    • Available: 29

    Laboratory-based courses in physics can help teachers develop the depth of understanding necessary to teach physics and physical science as a process of inquiry. For over 30 years, the UW PEG has been offering such courses using Physics by Inquiry(1), a research-validated curriculum. This workshop focuses on the design of special physics courses for teachers and is primarily intended for college and university faculty, lead teachers, and others responsible for K-12 teacher professional development. Participants will experience and reflect on critical elements of courses that can help teachers deepen their conceptual understanding, gain familiarity with common student difficulties, and translate their own learning into effective classroom practice. * This work has been supported in part by a series of grants from the NSF, the most recent of which is DRK-12 grant #0733276. (1)Physics by Inquiry, L.C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Wiley (1996).

  • Canceled - W11: Extended Investigations in the Middle School

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $50.00
    • Non-members: $75.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 30

    Plasmas 101 - the Fourth State of Matter: John DeLooper, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory-Few people know it, but plasmas, the fourth state of matter, make up 99% of the visible universe. This workshop will provide a basic overview of what a plasma is using examples that are person made and naturally occurring. Plasmas will be demonstrated using hands on ?toys.? A primer on fusion energy will also be included. ..Middle School Spectroscopy: With new low-cost spectrometers, now even middle school teachers can use cutting-edge technology in their classrooms. Inquiry-based lesson plans developed by classroom teachers facilitate student observations of emission spectra of various light sources. First by using only the naked eye and diffraction gratings participants make qualitative observations, then using inexpensive spectroscopes, students gather data and compare it to measurements of the same gas samples made with a low-cost, but fully functional spectrometer.

  • W12: Learner-centered Environment for Algebra-based Physics

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Paula Engelhardt

    Cost

    • Members: $40.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 18

    The Learner-centered Environment for Algebra-based Physics (LEAP) is a newly developed, two semester physics curriculum for algebra-based physics. The course pedagogy and activity sequence is guided by research on student learning of physics and builds on the work of the NSF supported project, Physics for Everyday Thinking (PET). Students work in groups to develop their understanding of various physics phenomena including forces, energy, electricity and magnetism, light and optics. Students utilize hands-on experiments and computer simulations to provide evidence to support their conceptual understanding. Traditional problem solving is scaffolded by using the S.E.N.S.E. problem solving strategy. During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the LEAP curriculum and S.E.N.S.E. problem solving strategy, will examine and work through a sample of the types of activities students do, and will view video from the college LEAP classroom. *Supported in part by NSF CCLI grant #DUE-0737324

  • W13: LivePhoto Physics: Video-Based Motion Analysis

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Bob Teese

    Cost

    • Members: $45.00
    • Non-members: $70.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 12

    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.

  • W14: Modeling Mechanics: From Freefall To Chaos

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Wolfgang Christian

    Cost

    • Members: $40.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 13

    This workshop shows how to use the open-source Easy Java Simulations (EJS) authoring and modeling tool for teaching. We will describe the simplified structure and extensive scaffolding provided by the tool to create interactive, dynamical, effective simulations and we will show how teachers can connect from EJS to national digital libraries to download hundreds of ready to use simulations. These simulations can be used for computer demonstrations or virtual laboratories in high-school and undergraduate courses, or serve as programming examples and tasks for Computational Physics and higher-level students. These EJS simulations are ready to be distributed on a CD or published on a Web page as Java applets. Additional information is available at: http://www.compadre.org/osp/. Partial funding for this workshop was obtained through NSF grant DUE-0442581.

  • W15: Observing With NASA: Expanding the Universe in the Clas

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Janelle Bailey

    Cost

    • Members: $55.00
    • Non-members: $80.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 9

    Explore the biggest questions about our place in space and time. Many new astronomy learners, students and adults alike, are unfamiliar with the universe beyond the solar system. This workshop uses online telescopes and hands-on activities to deepen content knowledge and practice strategies for teaching and learning about current scientific models and evidence for the origin and evolution of our universe of galaxies. Participants will receive a copy of the professional development NASA-funded DVD "Beyond the Solar System: Expanding the Universe in the Classroom" and gain access to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics' MicroObservatory online telescopes in order to collect their own evidence for the Big Bang model of expanding, evolving galaxies. Two inquiry-based lesson plans, Cosmic Timeline, and Measuring Galaxies With Telescopes, will be featured, along with video clips exploring key concepts, evidence, researchers, student ideas, classrooms and other resources from the DVD.

  • W16: Using the Wii for Fun and Physics

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Organizer

    Dwain Desbien and David Weaver

    Cost

    • Members: $48.00
    • Non-members: $73.00

    Seats

    • Max: 21
    • Available: 0

    Over 30 million Wii remotes have been sold and many of our students have or do use them. You will learn how to use the Wiimote as a 3-axis accelerometer in the physics lab. Then, you will assemble an IR pen and use the Wiimote to create a fairly Smart Board for use in your classroom. Participants MUST bring their own Wiimote to the workshop.

  • W17: Energy and the Environment Hands on Activities

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    John Welch

    Cost

    • Members: $47.00
    • Non-members: $72.00

    Seats

    • Max: 21
    • Available: 12

    This workshop will present some of the activities developed at the Cabrillo College Summer Energy Academy to teach basic concepts having to do with Energy and the Environment. Our NSF funded program is designed to spark or strengthen an interest in science among high school seniors. Workshop participants will do the activities as the students normally would, with time afterwards for discussion as teachers. Activities will include a game for teaching what ?peak oil? means, building micro wind generators and measuring power output, and tracing energy conversions through various systems.

  • Canceled - W18: Cool Astronomy With NASA's WISE Mission

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $45.00
    • Non-members: $72.00

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 30

    NASA's latest space telescope is the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The WISE-generated infrared map of Earth's celestial sphere will support research on dangerous asteroids in our Solar System, the nearest and coolest stars, the origins of stellar and planetary systems, and the most luminous galaxies in the Universe. We will discuss how astronomers use infrared to learn about a variety of phenomena throughout the Cosmos. Some of the activities will be from the NASA guide ?Active Astronomy.? These hands-on activities are designed to complement instruction on the electromagnetic spectrum for middle school and high school students. We will present lessons that make use of real image data from infrared space telescopes and discuss how to involve your students in research projects using WISE data. Participants will receive copies of the activities presented, as well as other NASA educational materials.

  • Canceled - W19: Implementing a Diagnostic Learning Environ

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $40.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    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 encouraged to bring their own laptops.

  • W20: Laboratories With Biomedical Applications

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Nancy Beverly

    Cost

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

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 5

    There is a growing need for laboratory activities that allow life science and biophysics students to explore and deepen their understanding of physics through such contexts as physiology, medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices, biomechanics, biological processes, and biological research techniques. Several individuals and groups who have been working independently on such laboratory activities will present examples of their labs. After an initial overview by all the presenters, participants will break into rotating groups for hands-on experience with different laboratory activities and more detailed discussion with each presenter about the pertinent pedagogy and apparatus. A flash drive with materials of all the laboratory activities will be given to the participants.

  • W21: Teaching About Radioactivity

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Alice Flarend

    Cost

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

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 18

    Topics discussed will be: atomic models, half-life, nuclear fission, nuclear reactors. Most activities use low cost materials and computer simulations so that they are accessible in many teaching venues. This workshop will be a sharing of methods and constructivist activities for teachers of all experience and teaching levels. Participants will receive a copy of the activities from the PTRA Teaching about Radioactivity resource. Please bring a laptop if possible.

  • Canceled - W22: Teaching Physics on a Shoestring:

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $50.00
    • Non-members: $75.00

    Seats

    • Max: 32
    • Available: 32

    The focus of this workshop is on strategies for effective physics teaching in environments where resources are limited. Examples of the resource constraints facing physics teachers around the world will be discussed. In addition, participants will explore strategies for effective teaching within the limitations imposed by these constraints. This will include a hands-on opportunity to work through curriculum designed with resource limitations in mind.

  • Canceled - W23: Technology for Middle School Classrooms

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $45.00
    • Non-members: $70.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 25

    Come join us for day workshop on using technology in the upper elementary and middle school classroom. We will introduce you to probeware and sensors, software, curriculum and online collections of physics and science educational resources, which will promote active learning in your classroom. Using technology is a wonderful way to engage students and help make science meaningful. Come join us for a fun experience doing science with technology

  • W24: Tutorials in Introductory Physics: A Research-Validate

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Lillian McDermott

    Cost

    • Members: $65.00
    • Non-members: $90.00

    Seats

    • Max: 32
    • Available: 21

    Tutorials in Introductory Physics(1) is a set of research-validated instructional materials intended to supplement the lecture, textbook, and laboratory of a standard calculus-based or algebra-based introductory course. The tutorials are designed to address specific conceptual and reasoning difficulties that have been identified through research. In addition to providing hands-on experience with the curriculum, the workshop will include discussions of instructional strategies and results from assessments of student learning. Important aspects related to implementation of the tutorials will be covered, including preparation of graduate teaching assistants, undergraduate peer instructors, and post docs. Copies of Tutorials in Introductory Physics will be provided to participants. (1)Tutorials in Introductory Physics, First Ed., L.C. McDermott, P.S. Shaffer, and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Prentice Hall (2002). * This work has been supported in part by a series of grants from the NSF, the most recent of which is CCLI grant #0618185.

  • Canceled - W25: Hooking Kids With Haunted Physics Labs

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

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

    Seats

    • Max: 30
    • Available: 30

    Use a Halloween themed event to entice your students to explore physics by creating interactive displays of physics concepts which can be shared with younger students and the public. Plasma, black-lights, lasers, mirrors, and optical illusions are just the beginning. In this workshop you will be able to explore interactive physics displays from 3 universities' haunted physics laboratories, construct sample make-and-takes, and assemble plane-friendly displays to bring home. Presenters will share information on construction techniques, logistics, and publicizing the events. Participants will receive a CD including a copy of NIU's Haunted Lab Teacher's Guide, photos of additional displays from the 3 haunted labs, and construction details for many of the interactive displays.

  • Canceled - W26: Going Deep To Reach the Stars: Dark Matter

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $85.00
    • Non-members: $110.00

    Seats

    • Max: 25
    • Available: 25

    Description: Presented by: Peggy Norris, Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake and Black Hills State University, and Cathy Ezrailson, University of South Dakota The Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab, an NSF project being planned for the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota, will attempt to answer questions at the forefront of our knowledge of fundamental physics and the nature of the cosmos by putting large detectors a mile deep. In this workshop we will explore two of those questions: What is the nature of dark matter, and what is the nature of neutrinos? The workshop will consist of both classroom activities and material exploring these questions and how scientists hope to answer them.

  • W27: Research-Based Alternatives To Traditional Problem-Solv

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    Kathleen A. Harper

    Cost

    • Members: $65.00
    • Non-members: $90.00

    Seats

    • Max: 24
    • Available: 17

    Accumulating research on problem solving in physics clearly indicates that traditional, end-of-chapter exercises in physics texts are not useful and may actually hinder students' learning of important physics concepts. The research also raises questions about the efficacy of such tasks for helping students develop "problem solving skills." In light of these results the question is: What alternative tasks can we use to help students develop problem solving skills and a conceptual understanding? This workshop will review the research and then provide examples of several alternative tasks and their use. Participants will also get practice writing alternative problems in a variety of formats for use in their own classrooms.

  • Canceled - W28: Differentiating Instruction

    This workshop has been canceled by the Workshop Leader

    Date/Time

    • Sun, Jan 9
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Cost

    • Members: $55.00
    • Non-members: $80.00

    Seats

    • Max: 20
    • Available: 20

    Differentiated instruction is a process consisting of ensuring what and how students learn and demonstrate their learning is matched with student readiness levels, interests and preferred modes of learning. This workshop will explore practical, readily usable strategies for differentiating instruction in physics and physical science classrooms.

  • W29: Modeling Applied To Problem Solving - An Adoptable Peda

    Date/Time

    • Sat, Jan 8
    • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Organizer

    David Pritchard

    Cost

    • Members: $40.00
    • Non-members: $65.00

    Seats

    • Max: 40
    • Available: 21

    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 skills that transfers to a subsequent E&M course, as well as significantly more expert-like attitudes towards science, particularly in Problem-Solving self confidence. The workshop goal is to enable participants to introduce some or all of this pedagogy into their courses with the help of our open source integrated version of LON-CAPA, ANDES, and a Wiki-Text that incorporates MAPS into a standard introductory mechanics syllabus. Workshop participants will sample the various teaching materials for in-class use and will participate in some innovative activities for class. The integrated environment will be demonstrated. We seek users/collaborators for part or all of our materials, which can be freely modified.

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