April 3-5, 2003 (Thurs.-Sat.)

LabVIEW and LabProWorkshop

at Lee College in Baytown, Texas

This workshop will be lead by Chris LeBlanc and Sara Seba from National Instruments, David Vernier and Sam Swartley from Vernier Software & Technology, Thomas O'Kuma from Lee College, and Dr. Curtis Hieggelke from Joliet Junior College with Thomas O'Kuma as our local workshop host.

One of the Physics Workshops for the 21st Century.

(supported in part by a grant from the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) by the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF))

 Participant List

 Workshop Schedule

 Workshop and Travel Information (pdf file)

 Workshop Accommodation and Travel Form (pdf file)

 Maps - Lee College

 Hotel Information - The Hampton Inn in Baytown (281) 421-1234

 Workshop Leaders:

Chris LeBlanc, Field Sales Engineer for the Houston and Louisiana, National Instruments, bio;

Sara Seba, Academic Marketing Manager, National Instruments, bio;

David Vernier, Vernier Software & Technology, bio;

Sam Swartley, Test Engineer, Vernier Software & Technology, bio;

Tom O'Kuma, Lee College, bio; and

Curtis Hieggelke, Joliet Junior College, bio

 HS Teachers Travel Reimbursement Information and Form

 National Instruments

 LabVIEW Resources at National Instruments

 Vernier Software & Technology

 LabVIEW Page at Vernier Software & Technology


 Pre-workshop materials

About LabVIEW and Vernier LabPro (html, pdf, word)

A Quick Look at LabPro Programming (html, pdf, word)

LabVIEW Introduction (pdf, PowerPoint)


 Links to education research related papers

Mestre, J.P. "Cognitive aspects of learning and teaching science."  In S.J. Fitzsimmons & L.C. Kerpelman (Eds.), Teacher Enhancement for Elementary and Secondary Science and Mathematics: Status, Issues and Problems (pp. 3-1 - 3-53).  Washington, D.C.: National Science Foundation (NSF 94-80).

Johnson, A. "The Computer Display as a Support of Collaborative Development of Scientific Models of Magnetism," presented at the CSCL '99 - Computer Support for Collaborative Learning, Palo Alto, CA.(1999)

"Collaborative Group Techniques," UMass Physics Education Research Group(1999)

McDermott, L.C.  "How we teach and how students learn--A mismatch?".  American Journal of Physics, 61, 295-298 (1993).

Ted Schultz. "Science Education Through the Eyes of a Physicist". National Academy of Sciences (2001)

Edward F. Redish and Richard N. Steinberg, "Teaching Physics: Figuring Out What Works," Physics Today, Vol. 52 (January 1999), pp. 24-30. 

Edward F. Redish, "Millikan Award Lecture (1998): Building a Science of Teaching Physics," Am. J. Phys. 67 (7) 562-573 (1999).

E. F. Redish, "Are Computers Appropriate for Teaching Physics," Comp. Phys. 7, 613 (Nov/Dec 1993). 

Millar, S.B. (2001). "How Do You Measure Success? Lessons on Assessment and Evaluation from the LEAD Center." Syllabus Vol. 14 No. 7, 11-13. The article includes a full page "case" from LT2 - featuring Curt Hieggelke's courses at Joliet Junior College.

Head of the Class: How teachers learn technology best (Electronic School, January 2001) Professional development programs should focus not on software tools like spreadsheets and word-processors, but on teaching and learning strategies that make a difference in daily practice and that translate into stronger student performance.

 Workshop Links

Skills For a New Century: A Blueprint for Lifelong Learning, outlines the leadership group's vision, recommendations and initial commitments to help American businesses findmore skilled workers and to help all adult Americans acquire the skillsthey need to succeed in a changing economy.

Illinois Skill Standards. A project funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. Supported by partner agencies and administered by the Department of Workforce Education and Development SIUC

National Skill Standards Board The mission of the National Skill Standards Board is to encourage the creation and adoption of a national system of skill standards which will enhance the ability of the United States to compete effectively in a global economy. These voluntary skill standards will be developed by industry in full partnership with education, labor and community stakeholders, and will be flexible, portable and continuously updated and improved.

Washington State Skill Standards. This site is designed to provide information about Washington's Skill Standards projects, link industry partners with schools and colleges, inform individuals about Skill Standards, and link Washington with national efforts

STANDARDS FOR THE Ph.D. DEGREE IN THE MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCES, Recommendations of the Committee on Education of The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Oct. 1999)

Vernier Software & Technology which provides low cost education software and lab technology such as computer interfaces. They celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2001. They support the workshops by the optional daily post-workshop discussion sessions for all the workshops in addition to supporting this workshop with workshop leaders and equipment.

 Other resources

Prentice Hall, part of the Pearson Education family of companies, publishes the Ranking Task Exercises in Physics edited by T. O'Kuma, D. Maloney, & C. Hieggelke.

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) also offers outstanding physics education resources and materials. It is the "must-join" professional organization for all physics teachers. Tom O'Kuma was the first two-year college teacher who was elected and served as president of it.

Syllabus Magazine: Syllabus Magazine, read by more than 300,000 educators worldwide, includes feature articles, case studies, product reviews, and profiles of technology use at the instructor, departmental, and institutional levels. Complimentary subscriptions in the US are available for individuals who work in colleges, universities, and high schools.

Physlets, PHYSics appLETS, are small flexible Java applets designed for science education. They are written for physics pedagogy that can be embedded directly into html documents and that can interact with the user using a browser. A good introduction to Physlets technology is contained in the Physlets: Teaching Physics with Interactive Curricular Material book by Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni, or go to the Physlets Resources web site. To see how they can be used with Ranking Tasks go here and scroll down the left hand side to near the bottom. Note Mac users may have problems running some of the Physlets until the operating software fully supports Java 1.1 and JavaScript to Java applet communication.

The Learning Through Technology (LT2) web site was constructed as a resource for Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) instructors. The site features information designed to provide knowledge on technologies in use, and how this technology can impact and enhance student learning. We focused on technologies with a preference for those that were student-centered, and where the use of this technology had a clear and measurable effect on learning. Joliet Junior College is one of the featured case studies.



the Project Co-Directors

Joliet Junior College,
Joliet, IL
(815)280 2371

Tom O'Kuma,
Lee College,
Baytown, TX
(281) 425-6522