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Enlightening Experiences with Energy
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

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
    try some of the activities."

  • "Loved the simulations!"

  • "I enjoyed all the virtual labs. With a limited budget, I can cover more
    material 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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