February 24-26, 2005 (Thur.-Sat.)

HTML, Physlets (Physics Applets), and

TIPERs (Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research) Workshop

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))

at Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus in Miami, FL

with Guillermina Damas as our local host and

featuring workshop leaders

Mario Belloni (Davidson College, Davidson, NC) web site

Anne Cox (Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL)

David Maloney (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN) bio

Steve Kanim (New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM)

Tom O'Kuma (Lee College, Baytown, TX) bio and

Curtis Hieggelke (Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL)

 Workshop Description.

 (NEW) Workshop Schedule-(pdf or html)

 (NEW) Participant list-(pdf or html)

 (NEW) Participant hotel list PLEASE CHECK FOR MISTAKES-(pdf or html)

 Miami International Airport

 Ground Transportation Information from the airport: Upon arrival at the Miami International Airport on Wednesday (Feb. 18, 2004) go to the baggage claim area and pick up your luggage first. Use the exit door in the baggage claim area to exit and proceed to the Super Shuttle Service Desk (bright yellow shirts). Give the attendant your name and meeting name (Physics Workshops), the attendant will then call the shuttle to take you to the Holiday Inn. For each workshop participant‚ the shuttle fee of $12.00 has been pre-paid (Spouse fee not included).

 Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus area and building maps

 ETCOTA Emerging Technologies Center of the Americas (location of workshop session)

 Hotel rooms shared with another participant will be provided for Wednesday evening to Saturday evening. Participants wishing a single room or bringing a spouse will be expected to pay for half of the room. There are a limited number of rooms available so we encourage participants to share rooms. We will reserve your hotel room for you at the Holiday Inn Marina Park Hotel (also known at the Holiday Inn Port of Miami) located at 340 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132.. The Holiday Inn telephone number is (305) 371-4400. Please do not call them to reserve a room unless you are staying before or after the workshop.

 TIPERs (Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research) information

 What is a Physlet?

 Physlets Website Link

 Excellent HTML Links-

The Bare Bones Guide to HTML http://barebones@werbach.com/barebones/

Writing HTML http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/tut/index.html

 Workshop Supporter Links-

Vernier Software & Technology They support the workshops by the optional daily post-workshop discussion sessions for all the workshops in addition to supporting the MBL workshop through equipment and software.

Addison-Wesley, part of the Pearson Education family of companies, is the provider of Randall Knight's Five Easy Lessons: Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching

Prentice Hall, part of the Pearson Education family of companies, provides in this workshop the Ranking Task Exercises in Physics by Thomas O'Kuma, David Maloney, and Curtis Hieggelke (published as part of the Series in Educational Innovation) and Physlets: Teaching Physics with Interactive Curricular Material by Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni (published by Prentice Hall as part of the Series in Educational Innovation) 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.

John Wiley & Sons provided copies of Teaching Physics by Edward (Joe) Redish from the University of Maryland.

 List (old now) of physics applets compiled in 1999 at the IPC4

 Andrew Duffy (Boston University) uses Physlets in three main areas:

incorporating them as simulations in pre-lab assignments


as simulations and animations to use in class


in Physlabs, which is a bit like an on-line alternative to a textbook, where the focus is on the physlets


 Fowler' Physics Applets

 NTNU Virtual Physics Laboratory

 Java Applets on Physics

 Physics 2000 (University of Colorado-Boulder)

 The Applet Collection (Michigan State University)

 Interactive Physics and Math with Java

 Northwestern's Virtual Physics Laboratory

 Math and Physics Applets by Paul Falstad PIRA Webring site

 Java Applets for Engineering Education

 The Physics Illuminations Project (PIP)-Ron Greene

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

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.

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.

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)

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

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

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.

Prentice Hall, part of the Pearson Education family of companies, provides for the participants in this workshop the Ranking Task Exercises in Physics (T. O'Kuma, D. Maloney, & C. Hieggelke); Interactive Journey Through Physics (Cindy Schwarz & Bob Beichner); and Interactive Physics II Player Workbook- Mac & Windows (Cindy Schwarz).

Addison-Wesley, part of the Pearson Education family of companies, is the provider of ActivPhysics 1 and ActivPhysics 2 CD-ROM/Workbook by Alan Van Heuvelen for this workshop. ActivPhysics is a comprehensive multimedia tool for use in introductory physics courses that emphasizes problem solving. Each unit of ActivPhysics includes: qualitative concept development activities, problems that emphasize the multiple representation of processes, multipart synthesis problems, and estimation video problems involving videos of real phenomena.

Physics Academic Software (PAS) publishes education software for the physics teaching community in cooperation with the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). They have software including the PER connected Freebody, Graphs & Tracks, Electric Field Hockey, and EM Field software that will be featured in this workshop.

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) also offers outstanding physics resources and materials plus the PAS software listed above. It also is the source for the Mac software Fieldplots 1.2 which enables users to display the electric field graphically by plotting field lines and equipotentials to investigate the force on a test charge by observing its motion in the field.

Interactive Physics from the MSC.Working Knowledge division of MSC.Software Corporation which is a leading provider of mechanical computer-aided engineering (MCAE) software. It can model, simulate and explore a wide variety of physical phenomena in Newtonian mechanics. It permitts modification of friction, elasticity, and gravity, and control many other physical characteristics of an object such as initial linear and rotational velocity.

Vernier Software & Technology which provides low cost software and lab technology such as computer interfaces is celebrating 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 the MBL workshop through equipment and software.

 Other resources

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.

Constructing Physics Understanding (CPU) Simulation Software is a set of physics Java applets designed to complement and extend hands-on laboratory activities in physics and physical science at the high school level in a wide variety of contexts. The simulators provide students with both phenomenological and conceptual (model-based) evidence to help them develop robust and valid ideas in physical science. This software is available from The Learning Team and was developed as part of the Constructing Physics Understanding (CPU) Project with major contributions from people active in the physics education research community.

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