Val Monticue, our very own Secretary, continues to contribute to our deeper understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Her website is full of resources, and her goal is “to introduce teachers to the pros while mitigating the cons as much as possible.” We encourage you to visit her site:
Stepping into NGSS.
You can see the latest developments for the Pluto Hew Horizons mission. Their most recent tweets appear below (they make take a few seconds to appear, and you can scroll down to see older ones).
If you were at our last meeting, you heard that we were going to change our dues structure. Due to a generous annual donation from the Foothill College Physics Show, we will be able to reduce membership costs to in-the-trenches physics teachers. We will no longer charge fees for our meetings, but will instead revert to a membership model. When you attend a meeting, you will be required to pay a year’s worth of dues. These will be set at $25, although if you register via the web we will discount to $20. Membership covers two meetings (plus associated meals).
Here’s a quick FAQ:
Continue reading Let’s Save Physics Teachers Some Money
Message from National AAPT:
With the Early Bird Registration Deadline just over 2 weeks away (May 28th), we hope you will take a few minutes to discover how attending the 2015 AAPT Summer Meeting can improve your career. Continue reading Early Bird Pricing ends in two weeks
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There are 66 heads in this photo, and probably a few came late or left early, so our total attendance was about 70.
If you’re a high school teacher looking to collaborate with other physics teachers with an open agenda, you may want to attend AAPT this summer. Kelly O’Shea is one of the organizers, and here’s her review of it:
“How great would it be to have a day at AAPT that was designed to be totally collaborative and interactive? Where you could decide on that day what you were excited to share with other high school physics teachers? Where you had time and space to work together on a new idea?
Pretty great, right? Yes, amazingly great. And how about if it only cost $20 to attend? And if that included food for breakfast and lunch?”
Continue reading AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp this summer
The map below shows the location of attendees, based on their ZIP codes
View NCN AAPT attendance April 2015 in a full screen map
There are hands-on Vernier workshops coming to our area, and seats are still available.
Data-collection Workshop in Santa Clara, CA
- Monday, April 27, 2015
- 4:00 – 8:00 PM
- Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
- Details and registration »
Data-collection Workshop in San Francisco, CA
Join us to learn how to integrate our data-collection technology into your science curriculum. You will have the opportunity to explore our award-winning sensor interface, the Vernier LabQuest.
For more information and online registration, go to our website or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Vernier Software & Technology
PS. Our local Vernier contact is long-time NCN AAPT member Clarence Bakken, who you can reach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some spaces still remain in University of Oregon’s June 18-20 short course on active learning in physics, “Active Learning in Introductory Physics Courses: Research-Based Strategies that Improve Student Learning.“
Chautauqua Short Course
NEW: Including RealTime Physics 3rd Edition, Clicker Interactive Lecture Demonstrations and Video Analysis
June 18-20, 2015 • Portland, Oregon
Presented by: David Sokoloff • Priscilla Laws • Ronald Thornton
This hands-on course is designed for college, university and high school* teachers of physics interested in making learning in their introductory courses more active. Participants will be introduced to research-validated strategies for each component of the course: lecture, lab, problem-solving, modeling and video analysis. Course fee is $200. For more information: http://pages.uoregon.edu/sokoloff/CHAUT.htm
*One or two graduate credits are available from the University of Oregon for $90 per credit.
Professor of Physics, University of Oregon
Way Past President, American Association of Physics Teachers (2011)