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AAPT Summer Meeting Workshops

July 17- 18, 2010

(All workshops will be held at Portland State University, except W01 which will be held at Reed College and W05 which will be held at Vernier Software and Technology)

Note: You can click on some of the headers to sort by Workshop ID, Title, Date, Time, and Type.


ID Title Date Time Room Member / Non-member price Max# Registered Available
T01

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T01: Teaching About Lasers & Their Uses: Lab & Demonstration

Workshop organizers - Richard Peterson and Chad Hoyt

LaserFest 2010 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the construction of the first laser, and it encourages functions that make lasers and their applications visible to all. This tutorial will utilize demonstrations (with the assistance of written and video documentation) to review classroom demonstrations and lab exercises that help us teach about lasers. Examples will be chosen from both introductory and advanced classes.

Workshop will be held at Portland State and is supported in part by a grant to Bethel University from SPIE LaserFest.?

July 17 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 341 $35.00
$60.00
50 18 32
T02

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T02: Computational Physics Examples To Include in Physics Co

Workshop Leader: Rubin Landau

Examples of Computation to Use in Physics Courses

Examples will be give, both in the talk and on a DVD, of computational physics problems that may be used to enhance existing physics classes. Although there are applets covering some of the examples, source codes in various languages will be given for all the examples so that students and instructors can extend them and customize them. In all cases, the physics, computational, and mathematical ingredients of the problem will be presented.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 101 $41.00
$66.00
24 18 6
T03

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"CANCELED" T03: Monsters in the Middle USA

Workshop Leader: Mandy Frantti

Use a topic that excites students to teach about energy and matter and their interactions, with emphasis on radiation from the high-energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum. The most energetic events in the universe can be detected by their emissions in gamma rays and x-rays. Find out about the energy involved in phenomena that involve active galaxies, a powerhouse of energy, and about the extremely massive black holes at their centers. What is a black hole and how is one formed? Participants will explore the fascination of mysterious black holes and consider the part active galaxies play. Learn how to use the black holes and high-energy astronomy to excite students about science. A set of activities and models will be used to demonstrate aspects of black holes and to discuss common misconceptions held by students. The materials used are developed and distributed by NASA.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

$35.00
$60.00
20 0 20
T04

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"CANCELED" T04: LEPS: A Large Enrollment Guided Inquiry

Workshop Leader: Edward Price

The LEarning Physical Science (LEPS) curriculum is designed to be richly interactive, student- centered, and collaborative, but is intended for use in large/lecture-format classes or other settings where hands-on experimentation and whole class discussions are difficult. To overcome these limitations, LEPS makes use of interactive tools such as class response systems, interactive demonstrations, online homework, and computer simulations. LEPS is based on the Physical Science and Everyday Thinking (PSET) curriculum. LEPS focuses on core conceptual themes of energy, forces, and the atomic-molecular theory of matter. In addition, LEPS explicitly engages students in learning about the nature of science and learning. This workshop will introduce participants to the LEPS curriculum, including instructor and student materials, and explore the possibilities and limitations of guided inquiry in large/lecture format classes. Development of LEPS is supported by an NSF Phase 2 CCLI grant (DUE-0717791).

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

$35.00
$60.00
20 0 20
W01

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W01: LabVIEW Instruction for the Advanced Laboratory

Workshop Leader: John Essick

This daylong workshop will be held on the Reed College campus in the Physics Department?s Advanced Laboratory and will be of interest to professors seeking to include LabVIEW-based instruction in their instructional lab curricula. In advance of the workshop, each participant will supplied with the book ?Hands-On Introduction to LabVIEW for Scientists and Engineers? (Oxford University Press) and be asked to self-study selected chapters to learn the LabVIEW programming language (free trial versions of LabVIEW software can be downloaded from the National Instruments web site). Then, during the workshop, participants will use their acquired programming skills on Reed?s LabVIEW systems (Windows machines equipped with National Instruments Multifunction Data Acquisition and GPIB boards) to build several computer-based instruments (including a digital oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, and digital thermometer) and to explore GPIB control of instrumentation. Reed College is located in Southeast Portland and is easily accessible from downtown hotels by public transportation.

Workshop will be held at Reed College.

July 17 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Reed College $100.00
$125.00
16 16 0
W02

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W02: Learning Physics While Practicing Science

Workshop Leader: Eugenia Etkina

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 CD 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.

Please bring your own laptop to the workshop. Make sure it has QuickTime installed. If you do not own a computer you will be paired with somebody who does.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 201 $75.00
$100.00
25 24 1
W03

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W03: Piaget Beyond "Piaget"

Workshop Leader: Dewey Dykstra

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. They explain 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 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, a book including the PTDR and boxed lunch as part of the fee.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 203 $105.00
$130.00
24 12 12
W04

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W04: Research-Based Alternatives To Traditional Problems

Workshop Leader: Kathleen Harper

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 for use in their own classrooms.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 385 $60.00
$85.00
24 20 4
W05

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W05: Research-Based Curricula and Computer Supported Tools

Workshop Leader: David Sokoloff

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.

Workshop will be held at Vernier Software & Technology. You will need to take Portland's TriMet Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) 2 blocks from the Hilton hotel, which will drop you off directly behind Vernier Software Technology (a 25 minute ride).

July 17 9:00 am - 4:15 pm Vernier Software and Technology $50.00
$85.00
24 19 5
W06

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W06: Applied Critical Thinking: Science, Religion & Question

Workshop Leader: Paul Nienaber

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 together in a number of 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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 241 $47.00
$72.00
24 12 12
W07

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"CANCELED" W07: Carnival Knowledge

Workshop Leader: Gene Easter

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! To the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth! Take a stroll down the Magic Midway as we explore the games of chance?or so they are called. How do they work? Learn how to play using science. See when to bet and when not. Learn how to gaff a game. What are alibi games? Why are Flat stores flat? Participants will try the games as we explain how the principles of physics are used against you. Hanky Pank, Group Games, Skill Games, Percentage Games, Buildup, Alibi, Flat Stores and more! You will make and take home several of the games, receive a DVD of resources and learn how to open an entertaining avenue for learning physics! Participants will have an opportunity to put their new skills to use if they volunteer to run the games with us at the AAPT picnic.

*Funded by Misspent Youth

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

$60.00
$85.00
30 0 30
W08

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W08: Critical Thinking in Astronomy

Workshop Leader: Joe Heafner

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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 159 $35.00
$60.00
24 15 9
W09

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W09: Leadership Roles & Models in the Classroom, Academia

Workshop Leader: Juan Burciaga

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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 238 $40.00
$65.00
24 5 19
W10

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W10: PIRA Lecture Demonstrations 1 - Condensed

Workshop Leader: Dale Stille

During this workshop, we will introduce you to the Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA) and the PIRA 200. The PIRA 200 are the 200 most important demonstrations deemed necessary to enhance an introductory physics course. We will show a subset of approximately 50 demonstrations explaining use, construction, acquisition of materials, and answer any questions in this highly interactive and dynamic environment. Ideas for organizing and building your demonstration collection will be presented. Lecture Demonstrations 1 ? Condensed will cover demonstrations in Mechanics, Fluids, Oscillations, and Thermodynamics. It is recommended that both Lecture Demonstrations 1 and 2 ? Condensed be taken as this will cover the complete year of demonstrations needed for a typical course.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Science Building 1- 107 $70.00
$95.00
50 40 10
W11

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W11: Using Graphing Calculators in the Classroom

Workshop Leader: Lee Trampleasure

In this workshop participants will conduct a few classic kinematic experiments and analyze their data using TI 83/84 graphing calculators. Classroom-ready handouts (using TI key fonts) will be provided to work through entering the data into the calculators, graphing the data, and fitting equations to the data. The workshop will use lower tech data collection (stopwatches, tape timers, meter sticks) to avoid the ?black box? confusion often presented by computerized motion detectors--however teachers may also use photogates to generate the data that students enter into their calculators. We?ll also explore using the ?Draw Tangent? feature to calculate the instantaneous velocity of objects from an x/t graph. Calculators will be provided, but teachers are encouraged to bring their own if they have one. This workshop is Modeling friendly.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 225 $40.00
$65.00
30 10 20
W12

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W12: Constructing Knowledge & Skills in Intro Labs

Workshop Leader: Paul van Kampen

We have restructured the first year undergraduate physics labs, which caters for three hundred non-physics students. The labs were designed to be an enjoyable experience in which students see science as a process of inquiry and develop scientific skills such as hypothesis testing, control of variables, interpreting and drawing conclusions from their own experimental data, and carrying out quasi-independent investigations. Conceptual difficulties are clarified based on experimental results. The first labs are quite prescriptive and are conducted within a framework of guided inquiry, but the amount of autonomy is increased rapidly as students acquire skills and experience. Online pre-tests along with weekly surveys highlight students? attainment, attitudes, experiences and conceptual development. Feedback and pretest/post-test comparison consistently show that the labs have been transformed into an enjoyable environment where deep learning takes place. In this workshop, we will give participants a flavor of the laboratories and the tutor training elements.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Science Building 2 - 161 $60.00
$85.00
24 19 5
W13

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W13: Introductory Laboratory Workshop

Workshop Leader: Mary Ann Klassen

This workshop is appropriate primarily for college and university instructional laboratory developers. At each of six stations, presenters will demonstrate an approach to an introductory 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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Science Building 1- 424 $50.00
$75.00
30 6 24
W14

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W14: PIRA Lecture Demonstrations 2 - Condensed

Workshop Leader: Dale Stille

During this workshop, we will introduce you to the Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA) and the PIRA 200. The PIRA 200 are the 200 most important demonstrations deemed necessary to enhance an introductory physics course. We will show a subset of approximately 50 demonstrations explaining use, construction, acquisition of materials, and answer any questions in this highly interactive and dynamic environment. Ideas for organizing and building your demonstration collection will be presented. Lecture Demonstrations 2 ? Condensed will cover demonstrations in Electricity & Magnetism, Optics, Modern Physics, and Astronomy. It is recommended that both Lecture Demonstrations 1 and 2 ? Condensed be taken as this will cover the complete year of demonstrations needed for a typical course.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Science Building 1- 107 $70.00
$95.00
50 25 25
W15

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W15: Photovoltaic Kits

Workshop Leader: Stanley Micklavzina

A photovoltaic PV lab kit and curricula are being developed for use in the classroom. This workshop will demonstrate the use of the kit and explore various experiments that can be conducted with the kit. These complete kits, are being developed so they can be made available on a sign out basis to regional high schools for use during their school year.

THIS IS NOT A MAKE AND TAKE WORKSHOP. You will be provided an equipment list and curriculum materials to take with you from the workshop.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 238 $35.00
$60.00
20 12 8
W16

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W16: Promoting Active Inquiry-Based Learning

Workshop Leader: Maxine Willis

This is a hands-on workshop designed for teachers interested in engaging their students in inquiry-based active learning. Participants will work with classroom-tested kinematics, dynamics and other mechanics units selected from the Activity-Based Physics High School CD (ABP HSCD). These student-centered materials are based on the outcomes of physics education research and are linked to the national standards. The curricular materials combined with the use of computers for data collection and analysis enable students to learn physics by doing. The curricula on the ABP HSCD include: RealTime Physics, Tools for Scientific Thinking, Workshop Physics and Interactive Lecture Demonstrations. The data acquisition equipment and software used in this workshop are compatible with both Mac and Windows computers and the hardware and software systems from both PASCO and Vernier Software and Technology.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Science Building 2- 113 $47.00
$72.00
24 13 11
W17

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"CANCELED" W17: The Art of Teaching in Minority-Serving High

Workshop Leader: Daniel Smith, Jr.

Challenges in teaching at predominantly minority high schools, where resources are often limited, can at times seem overwhelming. This workshop will provide guidance in choosing topics likely to engage the students intellectually, but require a minimum of expensive equipment, and it will address the difficulties posed by those students whose math skills are weak.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

$40.00
$65.00
25 0 25
W18

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W18: What To Do About the First Day of School & Other Events

Workshop Leader: Dean Baird

The first day of school can be daunting. But it might be the most important day of the school year. Back-to-School Night may be your only chance to really connect with parents. Open House can be a chore or an opportunity. Over the course of a 24-year career, I've developed solutions to these special events. Some are simple, others are more involved. But they're all effective. And they make the First Day, Back-to-School, and Open House events you'll look forward to. Participants will be provided with a binder of instructional information and a CD of video resources, presentations, and PDFs.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 17 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 225 $45.00
$70.00
32 13 19
W19

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W19: What Every Physics Teacher Should Know About Cognitive

Workshop Leader: Chandralekha Singh-What Every Physics Teacher Should Know About Cognitive Research.

In the past few decades, cognitive reseach 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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 228 $35.00
$60.00
25 25 0
W20

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W20: Computer Modeling & The Physics Classroom Web Resources

Workshop Leader: Wolfgang Christian

Creating good and thorough web resources that allow teachers to easily incorporate computer-based modeling into their curriculum requires the right tools. The ComPADRE National Science Digital Library (NSDL) provides curriculum material and tools that are easy to use, open, extensible, and free to solve this integration problem. This workshop will show participants how to combine curricular material in The Physics Classroom with simulations in the Open Source Physics Collection to improve the understanding of physics concepts and to make difficult topics more accessible to students. Participants will create personal resource collections that integrate these diverse ComPADRE materials for their students. Afternoon technical and non-technical breakout sessions will allow participants to develop their own simulations and learning resources.

This workshop will benefit anyone teaching introductory physics. Information can be obtained from < http://www.compadre.org/osp/> and .

Partial funding for this work was obtained through NSF grants DUE-0442581 & DUE-0840768.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 159 $55.00
$80.00
24 13 11
W21

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W21: Enhancing Your Course With Activities Arising From PER

Workshop Leader: Calvin Kalman

Participants take part in five "miniclasses":1. Use of Reflective Writing to engage students before class. 2. Critical Thinking- Feyerabend's view. 3. Use of Collaborative Groups to Promote Critical Thinking. 4. Critique: a writing tool to enhance Critical Thinking Skills. 5. The Course dossier:- A supplement to or a replacement for a final essay/examination. Based upon my book Successful Science and Engineering Teaching in Colleges and Universities. This workshop utilizes research in the classroom that I have been conducting and publishing for many years using qualitative and quantitative methods. Participation in reflective writing as a self-dialogue between the learner's prior knowledge and new concepts in the text was consistently reported in interviews. Comparison of pre- and post-tests indicate that in doing written critiques, students are not only more likely to undergo conceptual change, but also increase their critical thinking skills and thus are led to reevaluate their entire conceptual framework.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 237 $65.00
$90.00
60 11 49
W22

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"CANCELED" W22: Implementing Special Physics

Workshop Leader: Lillian McDermott

Laboratory-based, inquiry-oriented 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 all-day AAPT workshop focuses on the design of special physics courses for teachers. It is primarily intended for college and university faculty, lead teachers, and others responsible for K-12 teacher preparation and professional development. Participants will experience and reflect on critical elements of courses designed to help teachers: deepen their conceptual understanding, gain familiarity with common student difficulties, and translate their own learning into effective classroom practice. Important intellectual and practical issues will be discussed. *This work has been supported in part by the National Science Foundation. (1) Physics by Inquiry, L.C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Wiley (1996).

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

$80.00
$105.00
32 0 32
W23

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W23: Physics By Design

Workshop Leader: Julia Olsen

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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Science Building 2- 161 $90.00
$115.00
30 15 15
W24

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W24: Teaching Astronomy Effectively With Technology

Workshop Leader: Kevin Lee

Educational research has clearly defined the characteristics of the optimal introductory astronomy classroom -- one where students are actively engaged in the learning process and frequently receiving timely feedback on their learning progress. This CAE/CATS Tier 2 workshop will explore a variety of technologies that enable instructors to engage students and efficiently provide feedback. Instructors will be trained and provided with curriculum materials from multiple NSF grants on computer simulations, computerized databases of Think-Pair-Share questions, and a library of both animated and pencil-paper ranking and sorting tasks. All materials will be disseminated through the web (http://astro.unl.edu) before the workshop and attendees will bring their own laptops with the software already installed.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 341 $55.00
$80.00
40 10 30
W25

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"CANCELED" W25: Teaching Physics for the First Time

Workshop Leader: Mary Winn

With the push for physics first, many middle school and high school instructors find themselves assigned to teach physical science and physics classes with little or no formal preparation in the content. Teaching Physics for the First Time is designed to provide a supply of lessons based on the learning cycle that are reliable and cost-effective. The labs, demonstrations, and activities emphasize the hands-on approach to learning physics concepts and include teaching strategies and address misconceptions students often have with respect to the concept. The workshop attendees will receive a copy of the book Teaching Physics for the First Time.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Science Building 2- 149 $95.00
$120.00
35 0 35
W26

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W26: Using RTOP To Improve Physics & Physical Science

Workshop Leader: Kathleen Falconer

The Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) is a 25-item rubric that provides a percentile measure of the degree and type of student-centered, constructivist, inquiry- based engagement in an instructional situation. RTOP scores correlate very highly with student conceptual gains. In this workshop, we will score video vignettes of teaching to learn how to use RTOP for guiding personal reflection and improvement and change of our own teaching; for mentoring peers, novice teachers and student teachers; and to establish a vocabulary for discussing reformed teaching practices. If you wish, you may bring a DVD of your own teaching to score.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 307 $60.00
$85.00
25 0 25
W27

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W27: Arduino Microcontrollers in the Physics Lab

Workshop Leader: Eric Ayars

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.

Participants will gain their own datalogger and the software needed to customize and extend its capabilities, as well as all schematics, sources, software, and a basic skill-set for getting started with using Arduino microcontrollers as lab tools.

Participants must bring a laptop. Prior experience in soldering and/or computer programming will be helpful, but is not required.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Science Building 1- 201 $110.00
$135.00
12 12 0
W28

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W28: A New Methodology for Using Clickers

Workshop Leader: Neville Reay

Workshop participants will experience a new question sequence clicker methodology proven to help students enjoy lectures and experience significant learning gains. Discussion leaders Lin Ding and Bill Reay from The Ohio State University, Tom Carter from The College of DuPage and Albert Lee from California State University, Los Angeles 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 evaluation 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 be given CDs containing all 167 sequences, relevant published papers and workshop slides.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Science Building 2- 113 $40.00
$65.00
30 27 3
W29

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W29: Biology Inspired Labs for the IPLS Course

Workshop Leader: Mark Reeves

Recent high-level reports such as BIO2010 and the HHMI/AAMC's Scientific Foundations for Future Scientists have emphasized the need for life science undergraduate majors to be taught a much higher level of quantitative reasoning and further for them to make connections between material taught in biology with that taught in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. An important enabling and motivating factor for this is a laboratory experience that explicitly connects physics concepts and reasoning to important problems in the life sciences. In this day workshop, we will make available, for hands-on use, a number of class-tested laboratories. Participants will acquire and analyze data on their own laptops (either mac or windows OS) and by so doing will take away software, their data, and other materials from the workshop. Participants without laptops will be paired with a partner bringing a laptop.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 103 $55.00
$80.00
24 18 6
W30

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W30: Designing a Diagnostic Learning Environment

Workshop Leader: Lane Seeley

All students are capable of constructing scientific understanding. To support a Diagnostic Learning Environment, teachers must establish a classroom culture where initial and evolving student ideas are an essential part of instruction. In a Diagnostic Learning Environment, teachers elicit student ideas, use flexible teaching strategies, and perform ongoing assessments of student learning to guide instructional decisions. In this workshop we will study artifacts of student thinking in order to better understand the experiences, ideas, and intellectual resources from which learners can construct a personally owned scientific model. We will discuss how beliefs about learners and learning influence attitudes toward formative assessment. We will use classroom video to study efforts to informally assess student ideas and examine the efficacy of resulting instructional interventions. In addition, participants will learn about the Diagnoser Project?s free tools to help diagnose precollege student thinking and inform instruction. Participants are invited to bring their own laptop.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 375 $35.00
$60.00
20 7 13
W31

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W31: Energy in the 21st Century

Workshop Leader: Pat Keefe

We have found that engaging students in predictions of what form and how much energy will be used in the future is a very successful way to generate enthusiasm and further investigation of physics. We have developed three different projects that involve designing energy systems. One model requires students to do a home energy audit. Using the model allows students to adjust their energy use and compare the results. The other two modeling exercises look at past energy consumption patterns and develop a plan for energy usage in the 21st Century. Other considerations such as population, costs and efficiencies are also used to further expand the discussion and decision making that takes place.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 203 $35.00
$60.00
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W32: LivePhoto Physics: Video-Based Analysis Activities

Workshop Leader: Robert Teese

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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 101 $45.00
$70.00
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W33: Mining the Data: Writing Better Tests

Workshop Leader: Nathan Unterman

This workshop is designed for teachers at all ranges of experience who want to learn how to improve the quality of their multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended-response questions. Teachers explore ways to create well-constructed assessments based on benchmarks, educational research, content limits, various representations, state and national goals, and local expectations. Mechanics of the test, including bias, use of names, page layout and design, use of illustrations, placement of answers, etc., are reviewed in the context of best practice. Teachers will learn techniques of item analysis and how to integrate these results into curricular revisions and evaluating student understanding. Basic educational research techniques with references for more advanced study will be discussed. Bring samples of existing questions, any resources, and texts that may help you revise or create items for tests, and a number 2 pencil.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 209 $50.00
$75.00
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W34: NTIPERS: Research-Based Reasoning Tasks for Intro Mech.

Workshop Leader: David Maloney

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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 201 $35.00
$60.00
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W35: Playing the Game of Science

Workshop Leader: David Maloney

One dilemma that is experienced in science classes is helping students understand how science works, what makes an activity scientific, and the characteristics of scientific reasoning. In an activity inspired by a quote from The Feynman Lectures on Physics, participants will use a strategy-game based analog of scientific reasoning to examine aspects of the nature of science. Participants will be given the playing pieces, the game board, and the histories of two players' moves while playing the game several times. Through the activity, and by using a variety of games, students can experience important scientific processes. The workshop will explore three different games that feature different aspects of scientific reasoning. We will also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the activity as well as ideas for additional variations.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 241 $35.00
$60.00
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W36: Road Show Lecture Demonstrations

Workshop Leader: David Sturm

How do you organize apparatus for Physics on the Road? Structured like the PIRA Lecture Demonstration workshops, we invite folks who do, have done, and/or want to do physics outreach to join us for a workshop that focuses on top demonstrations for the road. We'll look at a top 50 list. For each, we'll cover design and construction, and using existing demonstrations found in most departments. Workshop leaders will discuss organizing using the PIRA Demonstration Classification Scheme. And of course, we'll network, share, and develop plenty of new ideas for cool road show gear.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Science Building 1- 107 $35.00
$60.00
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W37: Web Tech Tools for Teachers

Workshop Leader: Cathy Ezrailson

Technology takes many forms in today?s high schools ? from smart board, to data acquisition devices to digital libraries with web-based lessons, simulations and other interactive resources. As we prepare physics teachers, we need to integrate these web-based teaching resources that were not available even a few years ago. 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 workshop will give examples of best teaching practices that incorporate these tools for high school and college instruction.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 196 $45.00
$70.00
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W38: Advanced and Intermediate Laboratory Workshop

Workshop Leader: Van Bistrow

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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m. Science Building 1- 424 $130.00
$155.00
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W39: Falsification Labs Workshop

Workshop Leader: John Welch

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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Science Building 2- 113 $38.00
$63.00
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W40: Modeling Applied To Problem Solving: An Adoptable Ped.

Workshop Leader: David Pritchard

This workshop will introduce participants to our modeling-based approach to problem solving, a pedagogy that enables students to attain significant expert-like improvement of their problem solving skills as well fostering dramatically more expert-like attitudes towards science, particularly in Problem-Solving Sophistication. Workkshop participants will be introduced to MAPS and its central ?System, Interactions, Model? procedure, then will sample and discuss the various instructional materials for in-class. These include: the Model Hierarchy, multi-concept problems, an expert inventory, classification tasks, Mastering Physics problems, and the open source WIKItextBOOK under development (bring your laptop for this). This new pedagogical approach is designed to be integrated into existing courses without dramatic changes to the syllabi, and the workshop goal is to enable participants to introduce it into their courses.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 201 $35.00
$60.00
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W41: Open-source Tutorials

Workshop Leader: Rachel Scherr

Instructors inevitably need to adapt even the best reform materials to suit their local circumstances. We offer a package of research-based, open-source, epistemologically-focused tutorials, along with the detailed information instructors need to make effective modifications and provide professional development to teaching assistants. In particular, our tutorials are embedded with comments from the developers, advice from experienced instructors, and video clips of students working on the materials. Participants will take home a DVD that includes tutorials, homework, instructo's guides, pretests, exam questions, solutions, captioned video episodes, and video workshops that integrate tutorials with video episodes. Bring a laptop if it's convenient.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 103 $42.00
$67.00
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W42: PhET Simulations - Fun Tools To Help Your Students

Workshop Leader: Wendy Adams

Simulations are fun and powerful learning tools that can be used in many ways in the classroom. We have found that students engage with simulations in a scientist-like way, asking their own questions and exploring at their own pace. This half day workshop will include a brief presentation about the free interactive simulations from the PhET Project including the research behind their development and a classroom study or two. The bulk of the workshop allows participants to explore the simulations and consider ways to use them in their classroom including lecture demonstrations, in class activities, homework and/or labs. Later in the day participants will pair with a fellow teacher who has similar classroom goals so that the remainder of the time can be spent planning and creating activities around sims for your classroom.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 222 $80.00
$105.00
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W43: Physics and Performance

Workshop Leader: Stanley Micklavzina

In this half day workshop we will work on developing creative methods and ideas on how to present science principles and demonstrations on the stage. Bring your favorite demonstration or presentation (or we can provide one) and we will create a new way to present this to the public. The idea is to establish the performance aspect of public road shows. We will be joined by Performing Arts Prof John Schmor form the University of Oregon who will offer instruction and feed back of how to incorporate performance and entertaining presentation methods into the science being displayed.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 203 $35.00
$60.00
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W44: Physics & Toys II: Energy, Momentum Electricity & Mag.

Workshop Leader: Beverley Taylor

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. Mover than 50 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 kinetic and potential energy, linear and angular momentum, electricity, magnetism, pressure, temperature, and properties of materials. You will have the opportunity to participate in both qualitative and quantitative investigations using toys. The workshop leaders have found that toys can be utilized at all grade levels from kindergarten through 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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Neuberger Hall 209 $45.00
$70.00
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W45: Strategies To Help Women Succeed in Physics-Related Pro

Workshop Leader: Chandralekha Singh

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.

Workshop will be held at Portland State University.

July 18 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cramer Hall 225 $35.00
$60.00
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