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2010 Summer Meeting

2011 AAPT Summer Meeting
July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska


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Date: Saturday, July 30 - Wednesday, August 03

 

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W01:

Critical Thinking in Astronomy
  Location: HLSB 361
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $90.00
Nonmember: $115.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Space Science and Astronomy
  Leader(s): Joe Heafner, heafnerj@sticksandshadows.com
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: In this workshop, participants 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.
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W02:

Developing a High-Altitude Balloon Program: Sending a Hands-On STEM Project to the Edge of Space
  Location: HLSB L26
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $180.00
Nonmember: $205.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Space Science and Astronomy
  Leader(s): Kendra Sibbernsen, ksibb@cox.net
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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.
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W03:

Learning Physics While Practicing Science
  Location: RS G21
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $115.00
Nonmember: $140.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Leader(s): Eugenia Etkina, David Brookes, Alan van Heuvelen, eugenia.etkina@gse.rutgers.edu
  Co-Leader(s): David Brookes, Alan Van Heuvelen
  Description: 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: (a) The Physics Active Learning Guide with 30 or more activities per 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.
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W04:

Physics By Design
  Location: HLSB 188
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $125.00
Nonmember: $150.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education
  Leader(s): Julia Olsen, jkolsen@u.arizona.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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.
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W06:

PIRA Lecture Demos 1
  Location: HLSB G59
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $125.00
Nonmember: $150.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Dale Stille and Sam Sampere, dale-stille@uiowa.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Sam Sampere, Syracuse University, Dept. of Physics, 201 Physics Building, Syracuse, NY, 13244. smsamper@syr.edu
  Description: 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.
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W09:

The Physics of Energy
  Location: RS L22
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $115.00
Nonmember: $140.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Abigail Mechtenberg, amechten@umich.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Regina Barrera
  Description: 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.
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W10:

Computer Problem Solving Coaches
  Location: HLSB 408
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Ken Heller, heller@physics.umn.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Leon Hsu Andy Mason Qing Xu
  Description: 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.
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W11:

A Research-based Methodology for Using Clickers
  Location: HLSB 244
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $77.00
Nonmember: $102.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Professional Concerns
  Leader(s): Lin Ding, lding@ehe.osu.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Tom Carter Albert Lee Neville W. Reay
  Description: We invite high school and college teachers as well as research professionals to experience with us a new question sequence clicker methodology that 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.
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W16:

Laserfest Apparatus and Activities
  Location: HLSB 244
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $80.00
Nonmember: $105.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Pati Sievert, David Sturm, Dale Stille, psievert@niu.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Workshop Co-Leader Dale Stille Instructional Resource Specialist Department of Physics and Astronomy University of Iowa 58 Van Allen Hall Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 335-1833 dale-stille@uiowa.edu Workshop Co-Leader David Sturm Instructional L&LD Specialist Department of Physics and Astronomy University of Maine 5709 Bennett Hall Orono, ME 04469-5709 sturmde@maine.edu
  Description: LaserFest 2010 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.]
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W17:

Modeling Applied To Problem-Solving
  Location: HLSB 246
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): David Prichard, dpritch@mit.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Analia Barrantes, Carie Cardamone, Andrew Paul, Saif Rayyan, and Raluca Teodorescu
  Description: 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.
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W19:

Teaching Critical Thinking: Science and Religion
  Location: HLSB 408
  Date: Saturday, Jul.30
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $80.00
Nonmember: $105.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Professional Concerns
  Leader(s): Matthew Koss and Paul Nienaber, pnienabe@smumn.edu
  Co-Leader(s): MATTHEW B KOSS COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS 1 COLLEGE STREET WORCESTER MA 01610
  Description: 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.
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W13:

Pre-College Labs: Student Centered Lab Progression for Vertical Alignment
  Location: RS L10
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $80.00
Nonmember: $105.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Laboratories
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Marsha Hobbs, Steve Lindaas, lindaas@mnstate.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Marsha Hobbs
  Description: 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.
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W20:

Arduino Microcontrollers in the Physics Lab
  Location: RS G09
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $175.00
Nonmember: $200.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Eric Ayars, ayars@mailaps.org
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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.
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W21:

Computer Modeling and The Physics Classroom Web Resources
  Location: HLSB 244
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $90.00
Nonmember: $115.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Leader(s): Wolfgang Christian, wochristian@davidson.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Bruce Mason Mario Belloni
  Description: 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: .
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W22:

Make, Take, and Do; A PTRA Workshop
  Location: RS G16
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $105.00
Nonmember: $130.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Tom Senior, tomseniorphysics@yahoo.com
  Co-Leader(s): Pat Callahan George Amann Al Gibson
  Description: 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.
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PIRA Lecture Demos 2
  Location: HLSB G59
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $125.00
Nonmember: $150.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Dale Stille and Sam Sampere, dale-stille@uiowa.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Sam Sampere, Dept. of Physics, 201 Physics Building, Syracuse Univ. Syracuse, NY, 13244. smsamper@syr.edu
  Description: 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.
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W26:

Activities for Teaching Climate and Climate Change
  Location: RS G21
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Brian Jones, brian.jones@colostate.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Paul Williams, Austin Community College
  Description: 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.
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W27:

Can You Use Inquiry to Teach Radioactivity? Yes!
  Location: RS L22
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Andy Johnson, andy.johnson@bhsu.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Michael Grams
  Description: 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.
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W28:

Computational Physics Examples to Include in Physics Courses
  Location: HLSB 408
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Rubin Landau, rubin@science.oregonstate.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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.
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W29:

Blurring the Lines: ILD's (and other activities) in an Integrated Lecture-Lab Environment.
  Location: HLSB L26
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am -12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $84.00
Nonmember: $109.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Leader(s): Robert Hobbs, rhobbs@bellevuecollege.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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.
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W31:

LivePhoto Physics: Video-Based Motion Analysis for Homework and Classroom
  Location: RS G18
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $75.00
Nonmember: $100.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Robert Teese, rbtsps@rit.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Priscilla Laws and Aaron Titus
  Description: 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.
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NTIPERs: Research-based Reasoning Tasks for Introductory Mechanics
  Location: HLSB 522
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Leader(s): David Maloney, maloney@ipfw.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Curt Hieggelke, Joliet Junior College Steve Kanim, New Mexico State University
  Description: 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.
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W33:

What Every Physics Teacher Should Know About Cognitive Research
  Location: HLSB 523
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Leader(s): Chandralekha Singh, clsingh@pitt.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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.
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Advanced and Intermediate Laboratories
  Location: RS G19
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $140.00
Nonmember: $165.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Laboratories
  Leader(s): Van Bistrow, vanb@uchicago.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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.
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Designing and Implementing an Inquiry-Based Physics Course for K-12 Teachers
  Location: HLSB 428
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $95.00
Nonmember: $120.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Leader(s): Lillian McDermott; Donna Messina, peg@phys.washington.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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.
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Free Physics Webtools
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Cathy Ezrailson, Steve Henning, cathy.ezrailson@usd.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Steve Henning
  Description: 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
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Make Your Own Teacher 2.0 Websites
  Location: TBD
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Lee Trampleasure, Steve Peroni, lee@trampleasure.net
  Co-Leader(s): Stephen Peroni
  Description: 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).
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W41:

Physics and Toys I: Force, Motion, Light, and Sound
  Location: HLSB 188
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $80.00
Nonmember: $105.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education
  Leader(s): Beverley Taylor, Raymond Turner, taylorba@muohio.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Raymond Turner
  Description: 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.
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W42:

Skepticism in the Classroom
  Location: HLSB 523
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $80.00
Nonmember: $105.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Dean Baird, Matt Lowry, dean@phyz.org
  Co-Leader(s): Matt Lowry (Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, IL and College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL)
  Description: 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.
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W43:

Strategies to Help Women Succeed In Physics Related Professions
  Location: HLSB 522
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Women in Physics
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Graduate Education in Physics
  Leader(s): Chandralekha Singh, clsingh@pitt.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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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Teaching Astronomy with Ranking Tasks
  Location: HLSB 408
  Date: Sunday, Jul.31
  Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Undergrad Education
  Leader(s): Kevin Lee, Ed Prather, klee6@unl.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Ed Prather, University of Arizona
  Description: 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).
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