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2010 AAPT Winter Meeting
February 13-17, 2010
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Date: Sunday, February 14

 

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T02:

Civic Engagement and Service Learning: The SENCER Project
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-2:45
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Professional Concerns
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Leader(s): Theo Koupelis, tkoupelis@edison.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: This tutorial is aimed at those interested in improving physics education within the context of civic engagement (including service learning). During the tutorial we will describe the national dissemination program SENCER -- which connects science and civic engagement by teaching "through" complex, capacious, and unresolved public issues -- and ways to participate in its activities. We will also discuss ways to include service learning in the physics curriculum using examples from across the country, and engage in group activities that will provide a springboard for making curricular changes that will make civic engagement an integral part of the physics curriculum.
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T03:

Multimedia Modern Physics for High School Teachers
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-2:45
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
  Leader(s): Michele McLeod, mmcleod@learner.org
  Co-Leader(s): Alex Griswold Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  Description: Dark matter, string theory, and high energy particle accelerators. Do you need to be a Ph.D. from MIT to understand these things? Physics of the 21st Century, funded by Annenberg Media, is an upcoming, free, online resource covering the frontiers of physics research. Developed by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and designed by Harvard professor of astronomy and physics, Christopher Stubbs along with leading content experts, the multimedia course will connect the new ideas of contemporary physics with familiar ideas from classical physics. This workshop will introduce the course materials (to be released in fall 2010) including video profiles of research teams working on superconducting materials and the course Web site. The goal of the materials is to help both teachers and the public better understand and appreciate the science behind the headlines of physics breakthroughs.
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T04:

Monster in the Middle
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-2:45
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Space Science and Astronomy
  Leader(s): Mandy Frantti, mpfrantti@hotmail.com
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Students get excited about science when they hear "black holes." In this session we will consider different types of galaxies, the black holes at their centers, and what would happen if you "fell" into a black hole. Participants will receive materials about black holes, take part in hands-on activities, and learn interesting information that can be used in science classrooms (particularly physics and astronomy classes) to draw students into great physics topics using space as the stage. Materials are provided by NASA.
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W03:

Using Research-based Curricula and Tools to Revitalize your Introductory Courses
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8:00-4:30
  Price: Member: $80.00
Nonmember: $105.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): David Sokoloff, sokoloff@uoregon.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Ronald Thornton, Tufts University Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College
  Description: 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. Lunch is included in the price of this workshop.
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W11:

Research-based Alternatives to Problem Solving
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8:00-4:30
  Price: Member: $60.00
Nonmember: $85.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Leader(s): Kathy Harper, harperk@denison.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Thomas M. Foster David P. Maloney
  Description: 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.
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W12:

Teaching Physics for the First Time
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8:00-4:30
  Price: Member: $90.00
Nonmember: $115.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Mary Winn, winnmmw@aol.com
  Co-Leader(s): Jan Mader
  Description: 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".
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W13:

Going Deep to Reach the Stars
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8:00-4:30
  Price: Member: $80.00
Nonmember: $105.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Cathy Ezrailson, Cathy.Ezrailson@usd.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Peggy Norris, Education and Outreach Director of the Sanford Underground Science Laboratory at Homestake Mine in Lead, SD peggynorris@bhsu.edu
  Description: Presented by: Peggy Norris, Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake and Black Hills State University, and Cathy Ezrailson, University of South Dakota The Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab, an NSF project being planned for the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota, will attempt to answer questions at the forefront of our knowledge of fundamental physics and the nature of the cosmos by putting large detectors a mile deep. In this workshop we will explore two of those questions: What is the nature of dark matter, and what is the nature of neutrinos? The workshop will consist of both classroom activities and material exploring these questions and how scientists hope to answer them.
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W14:

Using the Wii for Fun and Physics
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8-11:45
  Price: Member: $50.00
Nonmember: $75.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Dwain Desbien, dwain.desbien@emcmail.maricopa.edu
  Co-Leader(s): David Weaver
  Description: Over 30 million Wii remotes have been sold and many of our students have or do use them. You will learn how to use the Wiimote as a 3-axis accelerometer in the physics lab. Then, you will assemble an IR pen and use the Wiimote to create a fairly Smart Board for use in your classroom. Participants MUST bring their own Wiimote to the workshop.
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W15:

Ranking Tasks in Astronomy
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8-11:45
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Space Science and Astronomy
  Leader(s): Kevin Lee, klee6@unl.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Edward E. Prather, University of Arizona
  Description: Ranking tasks are a powerful example of curricular materials for promoting active engagement. A ranking task provides the learner with a series of pictures or diagrams that describe several variations of a basic physical situation. The student is then asked to make a comparative judgment and rank the various situations based on some criteria. These novel and intellectually challenging tasks effectively probe student understanding at a deep conceptual level. This workshop focuses on 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, and 2) computerized versions that contain extensive randomization and feedback. Participants will work through several ranking tasks and then discuss implementation in their own classrooms. Participants will be asked to download software and install it on a laptop which they will bring to the workshop.
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W16:

Equity Education "Outside the Box": Exploring Issues of Race and Gender in the Classroom Through the Lens of Privilege
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8-11:45
  Price: Member: $50.00
Nonmember: $75.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Women in Physics
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Minorities in Physics
  Leader(s): Apriel Hodari, hodaria@cna.org
  Co-Leader(s): Melissa Dancy
  Description: Often discussions of race and gender center on the deficit model (why are "they" not succeeding, what are "they" lacking, etc.). This focus encourages solutions focused on changing "them" such as providing mentors or extra tutoring and experiences. Rarely do we examine aspects of our own privilege as educators, and how our privileges damage us and create unproductive environments in our classrooms. In this workshop we will challenge this traditional framing and consider issues of race and gender through the framing of privilege. Through activities and discussion we will explore the concept of privilege, how it plays out in the classroom, and how it can be used to rethink classroom practices. We will acknowledge and explore the emotional turbulence that the lens of privilege often creates, but focus on how we can redirect this emotional energy to empower ourselves and our students.
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W17:

A New Model of Instruction for the Urban Physics Classroom
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8-11:45
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Leader(s): Mel Sabella, msabella@csu.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Samuel Bowen, Kim Coble, Edmundo Garcia, Thomas Kuhn, (Chicago State University) Anthony Escuadro, Jamie Millan, Daniel Russ, David Zoller (City Colleges of Chicago)
  Description: Many PER-based materials are designed for institutions that serve largely traditional student populations in fairly rigid learning environments. The introductory physics course at the urban institution is often small, with students remaining in a single room for all components of the course (lecture, laboratory, problem-solving, etc.). Chicago State University and the City Colleges of Chicago are capitalizing on these features to create a learning environment where students continuously move back and forth between course components. To aid in the implementation of this environment, CSU is creating an Interactive Physics Workbook that provides a clear structure for the course. The workbook contains lecture notes, discussion questions, TIPERS, problem-solving tasks, and laboratories that are often broken up. The material in this workbook comes from a diverse group of collaborators. In this workshop, participants will be placed in this learning environment and will get a sense of how the various components cohere into one unit. *The workbook is a result of collaborations between New Mexico State University, California State University - Fullerton, Buffalo State University, and The Ohio State University. **Supported by the NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program (CCLI grants 0632563, 0618128, 410068)
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W18:

Designing and Implementing an Inquiry-based Physics Course for K-12 Teachers*
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8-11:45
  Price: Member: $60.00
Nonmember: $85.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Leader(s): Lillian C. McDermott, peg@phys.washington.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Laboratory-based, inquiry-oriented courses can help teachers develop the depth of understanding necessary to teach physics as a process of inquiry. For over 30 years, the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington has been offering such courses using Physics by Inquiry, a research-validated curriculum. (1) This workshop is intended for faculty and others responsible for the preparation and professional development of K-12 teachers. Participants will have hands-on experience with the curriculum. By examining pretest and post-test responses, participants will also gain insight into the impact of the curriculum on teacher understanding. Critical intellectual and practical issues associated with the development and implementation of such courses will be discussed. (1) Physics by Inquiry, L.C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Wiley (1996). * Supported in part by the National Science Foundation, most recently under DRK-12 grant #0733276.
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W19:

Using Easy Java Simulations for Physics Teaching
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8-11:45
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
  Leader(s): Wolfgang Christian, wochristian@davidson.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Mario Belloni
  Description: This workshop shows how to use the open-source Easy Java Simulations (EJS) authoring and modeling tool for teaching. We will describe the simplified structure and extensive scaffolding provided by the tool to create interactive, dynamical, effective simulations and we will show how teachers can connect from EJS to national digital libraries to download hundreds of ready to use simulations. These simulations can be used for computer demonstrations or virtual laboratories in high-school and undergraduate courses, or serve as programming examples and tasks for Computational Physics and higher-level students. These EJS simulations are ready to be distributed on a CD or published on a Web page as Java applets. Additional information is available at: . Partial funding for this workshop was obtained through NSF grant DUE-0442581.
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W20:

Just-in-Time Teaching: Using the Web to Create an Active Learning Classroom
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 8-11:45
  Price: Member: $85.00
Nonmember: $120.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
  Leader(s): Andy Gavrin, agavrin@iupui.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: This workshop will introduce the Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) method, which promotes active learning in the classroom, improves student engagement and morale, and helps students to stay caught up in the class. JiTT does this by establishing feedback between students' homework/study time and the time they spend in the classroom. The World Wide Web is used as a communications tool to establish this feedback. During the workshop, participants will learn what JiTT is, why it works, and how it can be implemented in a wide range of educational settings. Assessment data and techniques will also be discussed. There will be an emphasis on developing the resources to implement JiTT easily and effectively, and participants will leave the session with some material for their courses already complete. JiTT has been adopted by hundreds of faculty worldwide, in a wide range of classes in science, mathematics, and the humanities.
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W21:

Designing a Diagnostic Learning Environment: A Workshop for Teacher Educators
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-4:30
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Leader(s): Stamatis Vokos, closee@spu.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Hunter Close Lezlie DeWater
  Description: A diagnostic learning environment is one in which assessments are used for formative purposes. Formative assessment identifies the details of students' understanding and reasoning. This allows the teacher to address specific student ideas with targeted instruction. What does formative assessment look like and why do we think it is important? How do teacher-educators help pre-college teachers construct an understanding of what formative assessment is and how to implement it? In this workshop we will analyze video and written classroom data, diagnose student understanding of specific ideas using evidence from classrooms, and consider instructional implications. We will consider evidence of ways in which pre-college teachers understand and implement formative assessment in their classrooms. In addition, participants will learn about the Diagnoser Project's free instructional tools to help diagnose precollege student thinking and guide instructional decisions.
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W22:

Following Students' Learning in the PET, PSET and LEPS Courses for Prospective Elementary Teachers*
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-4:30
  Price: Member: $40.00
Nonmember: $65.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Teacher Preparation
  Leader(s): Fred Goldberg, fgoldberg@sciences.sdsu.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Steve Robinson Valerie Otero
  Description: Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET)** and Physical Science and Everyday Thinking (PSET)** are one-semester guided inquiry courses intended for prospective and practicing elementary teachers or students needing a general education science course (http://www.petpset.net). Both courses engage students in activities involving standards-based content, the nature of science, and learning about one's own learning and the learning of younger students. After providing a curricular overview, we will view video snippets of students engaged in various activities within the courses. The snippets will provide opportunities to analyze students' ideas and reasoning and discuss the roles of social interaction, laboratory experiments, computer simulations and the written curricula in promoting student learning. Finally, we will present recent work on a version of the course intended to meet similar goals in a large-enrollment format, called Learning Physical Science (LEPS). *Supported by NSF Grants 0096856 and 0717791. **Published by It's About Time, Herff-Jones Education Division.
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W23:

Tutorials in Introductory Physics*: A Research-validated Approach to Improving Student Learning
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-4:30
  Price: Member: $60.00
Nonmember: $85.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Leader(s): Lillian C. McDermott, peg@phys.washington.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Tutorials in Introductory Physics (1) is a set of instructional materials intended to supplement the lecture, textbook, and laboratory of a standard calculus-based or algebra-based introductory course. The tutorials are designed to address specific conceptual and reasoning difficulties that have been identified through research. In addition to providing hands-on experience with the curriculum, the workshop will include discussions of instructional strategies and results from assessments of student learning. Important aspects related to implementation of the tutorials will be covered, including preparation of graduate teaching assistants, undergraduate peer instructors, and post-docs. Copies of Tutorials in Introductory Physics will be provided to participants. (1) Tutorials in Introductory Physics, First Ed., L.C. McDermott, P.S. Shaffer, and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Prentice Hall (2002). * This work has been supported in part by a series of grants from the NSF, the most recent of which is CCLI grant #0618185.
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W25:

Laboratories With Biomedical Applications
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-4:30
  Price: Member: $55.00
Nonmember: $80.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Apparatus
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Laboratories
  Leader(s): Nancy Beverly, nbeverly@mercy.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Dean Zollman Dyan McBride
  Description: There is a growing recognition of the need for laboratory activities that allow life science and biophysics students to explore and deepen their understanding of physics through such contexts as physiology, medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices, biomechanics, biological processes, and biological research techniques. Several individuals and groups who have been working independently on such laboratory activities will present examples of their labs. After an initial overview by all the presenters, participants will break into rotating groups for hands-on experience with different laboratory activities and more detailed discussion with each presenter about the pertinent pedagogy and apparatus. A flash drive with materials for all the laboratory activities will be given to the participants.
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W26:

TA Preparation: Challenges and Successes
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-4:30
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: AAPT Committee on Graduate Education; APS Forum on Education
  Leader(s): Ken Heller, heller@physics.umn.edu
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description: Being a teaching assistant is often the first professional experience for physics students. Preparing students to be successful TAs gives them a positive attitude toward their graduate career. TA preparation and support influences how physics students interact within the department and colors their outlook towards teaching. Because TA duties usually comprise the largest single block of time for a physics student, whether graduate or undergraduate, adequate TA preparation assures that it is a productive part of their education. This workshop will explore how TA preparation programs help integrate the TA experience into the education of a physicist while facilitating the teaching of undergraduates in a physics department. Several examples of successful physics TA preparation programs will be presented and discussed. Participants will be able to discuss their goals, challenges, and constraints for TA preparation at their institution and compare with other institutions represented at the workshop.
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W27:

Nuclear Forensics
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-4:30
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
  Leader(s): Dan Crowe, dan.crowe@loudoun.k12.va.us
  Co-Leader(s): Monica Plisch Heide Doss Cathy Mader Betsy Beise
  Description: Nuclear science meets CSI in this unit on nuclear forensics, intended for high school physics, chemistry or forensics courses. A set of five lessons uses nuclear forensics scenarios to introduce nuclear science in a context that the students might find interesting. These lessons, which are flexible and designed to take up to ten hours of class time, include background on nuclear science and case studies in which students analyze data from interdicted nuclear material. The workshop includes hands-on activities and mathematical modeling designed to develop students' critical thinking skills. The laboratory component includes detection of radiation from common materials and other sources, shielding experiments and more. Participants will be given both the student packets and teacher packets for the lessons.
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W28:

N-TIPERS: Research-based Conceptual Reasoning Tasks for Introductory Mechanics
  Location: TBA
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-4:30
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
  Co-Sponsor(s): Committee on Research in Physics Education
  Leader(s): David Maloney, maloney@ipfw.edu
  Co-Leader(s): Curtis Hieggelke, Joliet Junior College and Steve Kanim, New Mexico State Univ
  Description: 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, including clickers, that require student 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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