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2010 Winter Meeting

2010 AAPT Winter Meeting
February 13-17, 2010
Washington, DC


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Date: Saturday, February 13

 

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T01:

Building Your Physics Course with comPADRE
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 1-3
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Bruce Mason, bmason@ou.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: The ComPADRE online collections of physics educational resources contain many different types of materials to enhance physics courses at all levels. They also include the tools to help members build their own personal course collections. These include personal, sharable, online filing cabinets, editorial recommendations and features, and advanced search of the library. This tutorial will explore these tools with the goal of having participants begin building their own personal collections for a course they teach. Participants wishing to engage in the online tutorial activities should bring a computer with wireless internet capabilities. Those without computers will receive an overview of the ComPADRE collections, resources, and tools. ComPADRE, a collaboration of the AAPT, APS, and AIP, is supported by the NSF and is part of the National Science Digital Library.
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W01:

Physics Teaching and the Development of Reasoning
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 7:30-3:30
  Price: Member: $90.00
Nonmember: $110.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Leader(s): Dewey Dykstra, ddykstra@boisestate.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Robert G. Fuller, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Tom C. Campbell, Illinois Central College Scott M. Stevens, Carnegie Mellon University
  Description: Students come to high school and college physics with differing abilities to make sense of the phenomena of physics. Piaget and colleagues give a powerful description for this observation in terms of stages of the development of reasoning or cognitive abilities. This workshop, updated from the original AAPT 1975 workshop, will assist participants in identifying these stages of reasoning in the behavior of students in typical physics course activities. Participants will also experience and study the instructional design strategy called the learning cycle, developed by Robert Karplus, an original author of the 1975 workshop. This workshop in the late 70’s was an important initial influence that ultimately resulted in the physics education research community. It is still valuable today to teachers and researchers. Participants will receive a copy of a new book, "College Teaching and the Development of Reasoning". Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.
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W02:

Developing Physics Teacher Knowledge
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 7:30-3:30
  Price: Member: $80.00
Nonmember: $105.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Eugenia Etkina, eugenia.etkina@gse.rutgers.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Lee Shulman identified pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) as a necessary component of teacher knowledge - a blend of content and pedagogy that distinguishes the understanding of a pedagogue from that of a content expert. PCK is a very personal construct that is based on one's orientation towards teaching which in turn shapes the knowledge and attitudes towards students' ideas, different ways to represent those ideas, assessment strategies, and effective instructional methods within a particular discipline. The combination of the objective and subjective aspects of pedagogical content knowledge makes is difficult to teach and even more difficult to evaluate. Lunch is included in the price of this workshop. What constitutes physics PCK and how can physics teachers construct and evaluate theirs? In this interactive workshop participants will reflect on their own PCK and develop some strategies for its improvement. They will also learn about a teacher preparation program that specifically focuses on helping future teachers build their physics PCK.
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W04:

Physics by Design
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 7:30-3:30
  Price: Member: $95.00
Nonmember: $120.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education
  Leader(s): Julia Olsen, jkolsen@u.arizona.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Participants will connect their teaching current practice to a model utilizing "Understanding by Design" as a planning tool to facilitate understanding and engagement in physics/physical science classrooms. This strategy also aids in teaching classes with diverse learners. Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.
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W05:

Household Electricity in the Physics Classroom
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 7:30-3:30
  Price: Member: $115.00
Nonmember: $140.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): John Lewis, jlewis@glenbrook.k12.il.us
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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. Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.
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W06:

Behind the Scenes at the Smithsonian
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 8:30-3:30
  Price: Member: $45.00
Nonmember: $70.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Apparatus
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Leader(s): John Roeder, john.roeder@calhoun.org
  Co-Leader(s): William McNairy
  Description: A behind the scenes tour of the Smithsonian Museum. See how exhibits are conceived, planned, researched, developed, and executed.
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W08:

Activity-Based Units for All Ages
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 11:45-3:30
  Price: Member: $75.00
Nonmember: $100.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Richard Flarend, ref7@psu.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Alice Flarend
  Description: Looking for more activities with a solid educational content for your classroom or an outreach program? In this workshop, participants will work through sequences of hands-on connected activities covering each of the following topics: heat, sound, and electro-magnetism. Presenters have used these activities in a variety of settings including outreach programs with elementary and middle school students, high school physics classes, college physics courses for non-scientists and teacher in-services. Presenters strive to use inexpensive materials. Participants will receive sample materials for many activities and a resource CD.
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W09:

Ben Franklin as my Lab Partner
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 11:45-3:30
  Price: Member: $50.00
Nonmember: $75.00
  Sponsor: Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Apparatus
  Leader(s): Robert Morse, robert_morse@cathedral.org
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: 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.
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W10:

Condensed Lecture Demonstration Workshop
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 11:45-3:30
  Price: Member: $70.00
Nonmember: $95.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Apparatus, APS, Forum on Education
  Leader(s): Dale Stille, dale-stille@uiowa.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Sam Sampere, Dept. of Physic, Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, NY 13244 smsamper@syr.edu
  Description: During this ½ day workshop, we will introduce you to the Physics Resource Instructional Association (PIRA) and the PIRA 200. The PIRA 200 are the 200 most important and necessary demonstrations needed to teach an introductory physics course. Each demonstration has a catalog number according to the Demonstration Classification System (DCS); we will introduce you to the system used to classify these and the bibliography that details journal articles and demonstration manuals for construction and use in the classroom. We will also 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. We especially invite faculty members teaching introductory physics to attend.
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W24:

Live Photo Physics: Video-Based Analysis Activities for the Classroom/Homework
  Location: TBA
  Date: Saturday, Feb.13
  Time: 11:45-3:30
  Price: Member: $50.00
Nonmember: $75.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Priscilla Laws, lawsp@dickinson.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Robert Teese, Maxine Willis and Patrick Cooney
  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 tutorial and collaborative problem solving sessions, 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 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 VideoPoint or Logger Pro will be helpful but is not required. (Format: Mac/PC)
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