April 14-16, 2005 (Thur.-Sat.)

ISLE (Investigative Science Learning Environment - Learning physics while practicing the processes of science)


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 Monroe Community College (Brighton Campus) in Rochester, NY

with Paul D'Alessandris as our local host and

featuring workshop leaders

Eugenia Etkina from Rutgers University bio, home page plus home page in the Graduate School of Education

Alan Van Heuvelen from Rutgers University bio and old web site at Ohio State University

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

Curtis Hieggelke (Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL)

 Workshop Description.(pdf or html)

 Workshop Schedule (Building 7, Room 107)-pdf or html

 Participant list-pdf or html

 Workshop Hotel Information-

Participants (non-local) will be provided a reserved non-smoking room (shared with another participant) paid for by the Physics Workshops for the 21st Century Workshop Project for Wednesday through Saturday night at the Ramada Inn, 800 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623. We will reserve your hotel room for you for these nights. The Ramada Inn’s telephone number is (585) 475-9190 if you are coming early or staying later.

Due to limited number of rooms available, sharing a room is preferred. If you wish to have a single room or if you are planning to bring your spouse, the grant will pay half the cost of the room for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Please confirm your final arrangements to Paul D'Alessandris (pdalessandris@monroecc.edu).

Upon departure, you will be responsible for any room service and telephone charges accrued throughout your entire stay as well as any other extra charges.

 Greater Internation Rochester (New York) Airport (ROC) and airlines serving this airport

Ground Airport Transportation Information-Upon arrival at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Wednesday, April 13, go to the baggage claim area and pick up your luggage. Call the Ramada Inn at 585-475-9190, or from the courtesy phones near the care rental desks, to arrange shuttle pick-up.


 TIPERs (Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research) information

 Physics Teaching Technology Resource video web site at Rutgers

 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.

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)

Addison Wesley also part of the Pearson Education family of companies supported this workshop by providing travel and workshop lodging for Alan Van Heuvelen and Eugenia Etkina. They publish ActivPhysicss now and will be publishing the ISLE materials in the future.

 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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