Physics Teacher SOS spring 2009 workshops:
Electricity, Magnetism, and Light: “Come See the Light”
March 7, 2009: Rio Americano High School (Sacramento area); Dean Baird & Steve Keith. Rio Americano HS Campus Map (PDF).
March 14, 2009: San Mateo High School (SF Peninsula); Paul Robinson & Dan Burns.
Complete workshops descriptions and registration information at PTSOS.org.
CJ Chretien has started a channel on YouTube for NCNAAPT members to share their favorite videos. Please visit www.youtube.com/ncnaapt to see videos and add your favorites.
Call for Videos
I am in the process of getting a YouTube channel going to promote NCNAAPT. Since there has been a few messages going around about video I thought I would put this out.
If you have any videos of demos that you have done and you want to have them put on the NCNAAPT YouTube channel send them my way. These do not have to be videos of anything out of this world; although those are great too. The idea is to create a resource for teachers to find demos that they can easily incorporate into their curriculum.
If you have a video that you want to share you can send me a link to the WWW or you can e-mail me a file. If you have a large file you might want to use www.megaupload.com or equivalent, which makes sending large files really easy and is free.
When I get the video I will put the NCNAAPT name and web address on the beginning and end and get it up on our channel.
If you want to keep up with the channel the link is www.youtube.com/ncnaapt, although there is nothing there as of now. Act fast and you could be the first video up there.
Email CJ at: groovitude AT gmail DOT com
ComPADRE is part of the National Digital Library concentrating on physics and physics teaching. Check it out. Make a bookmark. Tell your friends!
Dean also links to a movie he took of a water balloon popping. It’s from the relatively new Casio Exilim EX-F1. It’s a still camera that will let you capture motion at really high speeds.
Click the image at right to see a smaller (1 MB, QuickTime) version of Dean’s movie.
We’re excited to announce that PASCO will host our spring 2009 meeting at their facilities in Roseville, CA. The date of the meeting is Saturday, March 28, 2009. Mark your calendars!
In addition to great presentations by PASCO (not strictly focused on their equipment), we’ll also offer our ever popular Show ‘n’ Tell–everyone is invited to bring a five minute presentation of your favorite lab, handout, website, or other teaching resource.
More details will be posted here shortly.
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Over the years, the Modeling Instruction program at Arizona State has created materials and a pedagogical approach that focuses on (and seems to get) deep student understanding of basic physics concepts. And they’re branching out into other disciplines.
It takes a commitment of time, energy, and possibly a willingness to be in Phoenix for a few weeks in the summer, but it’s worth learning more. Visit http://modeling.asu.edu for more background.
Their national workshop list is at http://modeling.asu.edu/MW_nation.html.
Here is a news article about the LHC. Cool pictures and background for your class.
The official site for the LHS is lhc.web.cern.ch/lhc/
If you teach undergraduates, consider the NSF-sponsored Chautauqua course from David Sokoloff and his colleagues. It’s called “Using Research-Based Curricula and Tools to Promote Active Learning in Introductory Courses.” Whew. Learn more at http://uoregon.edu/~sokoloff/chaut1.htm.
You can learn cool summer stuff and earn money while you’re doing it.
- In the IISME (Industry Initiatives for Science and Mathematics Education) Summer Fellowship Program, you work in a technically-oriented workplace or research lab, contribute to what goes on there, and translate your experience into improved instruction. Summer 2007, you could earn up to $8200!
Check out http://www.iisme.org/AboutSummerFellowships.cfm.
You can read sample postings from previous summers at http://www.iisme.org/samplejobs.cfm.
Applicants must currently teach K–16 in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara or Santa Cruz County.
- The Edward Teller Education Center (ETEC) of the UC Davis School of Education in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is offering two new programs this summer for the Teacher Research Academy and an option for an advanced degree. You can learn more at http://etec.ucdavis.edu. These may be related to other LLNL offerings, below.
- Once again, Lawrence Livermore is hosting a series of summer opportunities for teachers. You can work in biotechnology, fusion/astrophysics, or energy technologies and environment. Summer programs starting in 2007 can lead to internships as part of a research team. The idea is that your new knowledge and skills will enhance your instruction. There is money for stipends, lodging, and travel.
Check it out at http://education.llnl.gov/doeacts/.
Our Spring 2008 Meeting took place April 18–19 at Heritage High School in Brentwood. Check out the program! The SNAAPT petition (you can download it here) was voted upon by the 50 or so attendees and passed unanimously. We wish them luck!
Dean Baird, documentor and presenter extraordinaire, has assembled some cool stuff here. In includes links to:
- Skepticism in the Classroom (a page of mini-lessons in critical thinking)
- The Amazing Meeting (hosted by the James Randi Educational Foundation)
And photos, of course!