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Leveraging Open Source Tools across NSF-funded Projects: Partnerships, Integration Models, and Developer Communities

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Day: 
Fri

Discuss the potential utility of CODAP and other open source tools in your work, effective cross-project partnerships, and supporting developer communities around open source materials.

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9:15 am to 10:45 am
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Goal: Participants will explore the spectrum of “working together” from collaboration to community. Alongside participant examples, CODAP will be used as a model to explore the range of possibilities.

Objectives: That participants

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Infusing Engineering into Secondary-level Classes

STEM Categorization: 
Day: 
Fri

Participants learn about approaches to infusing or integrating engineering concepts into secondary-level science classrooms and engage in an analysis of two projects’ products and outcomes.

Date/Time: 
9:15 am to 10:45 am
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The session will feature the experiences, outcomes, and materials from two engineering-oriented DR K-12 projects. The two projects, INFUSE and INSPIRES, use different approaches to teacher professional development with the goal of preparing science teachers to infuse or integrate engineering into their classrooms. They have both developed a unique set of materials designed to impact science and technology outcomes (working on a combination of curriculum development, professional development, and research).

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Productivity of “collisions generate heat” for reconciling an energy model with mechanistic reasoning: A case study

Scherr, R. E. & Robertson, A. D. (2015). The productivity of ‘collisions generate heat’ for reconciling an energy model with mechanistic reasoning: A case study. Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research 11(1), 010111-1 – 010111-16.

Author/Presenter: 
Rachel E. Scherr
Amy D. Robertson
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Year: 
2015
Short Description: 
We observe teachers in professional development courses about energy constructing mechanistic accounts of energy transformations. We analyze a case in which teachers investigating adiabatic compression develop a model of the transformation of kinetic energy to thermal energy. Among their ideas is the idea that thermal energy is generated as a byproduct of individual particle collisions, which is represented in science education research literature as an obstacle to learning. We demonstrate that in this instructional context, the idea that individual particle collisions generate thermal energy is not an obstacle to learning, but instead is productive: it initiates intellectual progress. Specifically, this idea initiates the reconciliation of the teachers’ energy model with mechanistic reasoning about adiabatic compression, and leads to a canonically correct model of the transformation of kinetic energy into thermal energy. We claim that the idea’s productivity is influenced by features of our particular instructional context, including the instructional goals of the course, the culture of collaborative sense making, and the use of certain representations of energy.

The Learning Portal: Hundreds of Free Digital Activities Using Models and Probes

The Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI) project is a learning portal with hundreds of free, customizable science, math,

Author/Presenter: 
Carolyn Staudt
Camden Hanzlick-Burton
Carol Williamson
Cynthia McIntyre
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2015
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American Association of Physics Teachers 2016 AAPT Summer Meeting; Sacramento, CA

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Sat, 07/16/2016 (All day) to Wed, 07/20/2016 (All day)

To learn more, visit http://www.aapt.org/Conferences/meetings.cfm

 DR K-12 Presenters:

  • Amy Robertson, Kara Gray, Clarissa Lovegren, Kathryn Rininger, and Scott Wenzinger, Seattle Pacific University (Project: Assessing, Validating, and Developing Content Knowledge for Teaching Energy (Collaborative Research: Gitomer))
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Developing Simulation-Based Assessments for Learning Next Generation Science

Day: 
Wed

Participants explore assessments developed in the SimScientists Physical Science Links project, and discuss whether the developers successfully integrated the three dimensions of the NGSS.

 

Date/Time: 
9:45 am to 11:45 am
2014 Session Types: 
Feedback Session (Work in Development)
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The SimScientists Physical Science Links project aims to develop a multi-level system of assessments aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at the middle school level. The first suite developed focuses on energy. The first iteration of these assessments have been developed and tried out in the classroom of a teacher co-developer with five classes of students.

Using Life Cycle Data to Help Teachers Understand Key Energy Concepts

Day: 
Tues

Participants engage in and provide feedback on digital interactive learning experiences that use National Renewable Energy Laboratory life cycle data and help teachers understand key energy concepts. Please bring your laptop.

Date/Time: 
9:45 am to 11:45 am
2014 Session Types: 
Feedback Session (Work in Development)
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Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and project partners are developing an online course for high school science teachers. The purpose of the course is to help teachers understand key energy concepts in alternative energy contexts. The course includes three interactive learning experiences (interactives) that use life cycle data from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).

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