Enlightening Experiences with Energy
This Web Seminar, developed in collaboration with the National Science Digital Library
(NSDL) took place on Thursday, June 12, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
time. In this program
Dr. Cathy Mariotti Ezrailson, Assistant Professor
at the University of South Dakota and
Dr. John Roeder,
AAPT Physics Teaching Resource Agent and Physics teacher at the Calhoun School in
New York City provided content and resources related to energy from The Physics
Front, a digital collection of resources for teaching physics for secondary teachers
that is a part of ComPADRE, the NSDL digital library for physics and astronomy.
Roeder provided examples of activities that teachers can use to illustrate principles
of work, potential, and kinetic energy through measuring variables of force and
distance and how these measurements help to derive formulas associated with work
and energy. Dr. Ezrailson pointed to examples of online resources on these concepts
that are found in The Physics Front collection. These resources are organized specifically
for the K-12 educator, ranging from classroom activities, labs, simulations and
other useful resources across a wide variety of physics topics.
Sixty-three (63) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators
represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois,
Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Texas, and Virginia. One participant attended the program from Mexico. Participants
received a one-year subscription to an NSTA SciGuide for attending the program and
completing the evaluation form.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "I enjoyed finding a great resource that is both interactive and conceptual.
It can be used at different levels."
- "I enjoyed being able to access the websites during the presentation and
some of the activities."
- "Loved the simulations!"
- "I enjoyed all the virtual labs. With a limited budget, I can cover more
in an active manner without spending too much."
Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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