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W16: Introduction to Interactive Laboratory Experience
(ILE) – A Hands-On and Minds-On Approach to Effective
Physics Teaching
Sponsor: Committee on Committee on Physics in High Schools
Time: 1–5 p.m. Saturday
Member Price: $85
Non-Member Price: $110
Location: SRTC 161
Mark Greenman, Boston University, Physics Department, Metcalf Science
Center, 590 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215;
This eight-step pedagogy intellectually and actively engages students in
learning concepts in physics. The Interactive Laboratory Experience (ILE),
a derivative of the Interaction Lecture Demonstration (ILD) approach,
moves students through a learning cycle from soliciting student precon-
ceptions, to engaging in animated peer debate, to learning from nature,
confronting initial conceptions with experimental observations and mak-
ing connections to the students’ world outside the classroom and labora-
tory. Participants will leave with an annotated eight-step ILE/ILD “how
to” along with a rubric to self assess fidelity to the pedagogy. Workshop
participants will be fully immersed in experiencing the use of the ILE/ILD
techniques. Participants will also use the ILE/ILD self-assessment rubric to
evaluate the fidelity of the presenter to the pedagogy.
W18: Physics and Toys I: Force, Motion, Light, and Sound
Sponsor: Committee on Science Education for the Public
Co-sponsor: Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education
Time: 1–5 p.m. Saturday
Member Price: $65
Non-Member Price: $90
Location: SB1 304
Beverley Taylor, Miami University, Hamilton, 1601 University Blvd., Hamilton,
OH 45011;
Stephen Luzader
This hands-on workshop is designed for teachers at all levels in search
of fun physics demonstrations, lab experiments, and interactive materi-
als 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 dis-
cussed. 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 kinder-
garten 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.
W19: Standards-based Grading
Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
Co-Sponsor: Committee on Physics in High Schools
Time: 1–5 p.m. Saturday
Member Price: $60
Non-Member Price: $85
Location: SRTC B1-82
John Burk, 350 Noxontown Road, Middletown, DE 19709; John.Burk98@
Josh Gates, Andy Rundquist
How do your grades themselves become actionable feedback for your stu-
dents? How can they reflect a student’s current level of understanding and
not past performance, behavior, or participation? How can grades motivate
student improvement, instead of being an immutable anchor or a source of
adversarial wheedling and game-playing? Standards-based grading (SBG)
removes assignments from the grade book and replaces them with content
standards. These grades evolve over time, giving you and your students a
real-time picture of understanding. In this workshop, you will hear from
experienced instructors from high schools and colleges that have success-
fully implemented SBG in a variety of settings, and can help with defining
standards, assessment strategies, tracking and communicating progress,
educating students and parents on SBG, and managing the logistics of
making your classroom feedback-centered.
W21: Designing Courses with Moodle
Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education
Co-Sponsor: Committee on Educational Technologies
Time: 1–5 p.m. Saturday
Member Price: $60
Non-Member Price: $85
Location: SRTC B1-41
Bill Junkin, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711;
Wolfgang Christian, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035; wochristian@
In this hands-on workshop participants will create a demo Moodle site
that incorporates text, multimedia resources, and computer simulations.
This workshop will benefit high school and college teachers who wish to
use Moodle for curriculum distribution and course management. We will
discuss the pedagogical and technical issues and have participants add to
their demo Moodle site resources and activities such as warm-up (JiTT)
pre-class questions, in-class polling (Peer Instruction) using mobile devices
and/or clickers, Open Source Physics models, and other resources from
ComPADRE. Participants will leave with copies of their demo Moodle site,
providing resources for use in their fall courses. Participants may bring
their own laptops.
Workshops – Sunday, July 14
All workshops are held at Portland State University, except W35
and W40, which are held at Vernier Software & Technology
W24: Teaching Physics for Life Science and Pre-Health
Students: Lab Activities and Strategies for Course Design
Sponsor: Committee on Laboratories
Co-Sponsor: Committee on Research in Physics Education
Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday
Member Price: $95
Non-Member Price: $120
Location: SRTC 161
Ralf Widenhorn, Portland State University, Department of Physics, SRTC,
1719 SW 10th Ave., Room 134, Portland, OR 97201;
Catherine H. Crouch, Swarthmore College, Department of Physics and
How can we reform introductory college-level physics courses for life
science students, so that we both offer the optimum physics topical cover-
age and present the physics in the context of rich biological and medical
examples? This workshop will share the motivation and design principles
used to reform IPLS (Introductory Physics for Life Sciences) courses at
several different institutions. Attendees will go through both in-class and
laboratory activities for life science majors and pre-health students through
multiple breakout sessions, and they will leave with the instructional
materials for these field-tested activities. The presenters will discuss the
process of developing and refining such activities, as well as addressing the
benefits and challenges of a reformed physics curriculum for IPLS. Finally,
the workshop will discuss ideas and strategies for implementing changes in
different institutional settings.
W25: Arduino Microcontrollers and Underwater ROVs
Sponsor: Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges
Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday
Member Price: $150
Non-Member Price: $175
Location: SB1 201
Greg Mulder, Linn-Benton Community College, Department of Physical Sci-
ences, 6500 Pacific Blvd., Albany, OR 97321;
Parker Swanson, Pat Keefe
Arduino Microcontrollers are relatively inexpensive devices that you can
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