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Failure is Necessary for Growth

Time for a little mental health rant… We all want our children to be the best they can be, to feel good about themselves, and to reach their potential. Part of this process, however, involves learning to fail productively — understanding and experiencing what it’s like to fall short, knowing that sick feeling in your gut is uncomfortable but necessary, and disliking that feeling enough to do something about it and try again. I sure hope I’m wrong, but I feel like many of the changes I’m seeing

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Failure is Necessary for Growth

Time for a little mental health rant… We all want our children to be the best they can be, to feel good about themselves, and to reach their potential. Part of this process, however, involves learning to fail productively — understanding and experiencing what it’s like to fall short, knowing that sick feeling in your gut is uncomfortable but necessary, and disliking that feeling enough to do something about it and try again. I sure hope I’m wrong, but I feel like many of the changes I’m seeing

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Creating Screencasts (Mac) – 2017 Update #edtech #flipclass

So, it’s been a few years since I’ve detailed how I make my screencasts, and my workflow and equipment have evolved as I’ve added a few bells and whistles in an attempt to make the screencasts look a touch more professional (and more fun).  Some things have stayed the same, and others, well, not so much.  Here’s the basic workflow. The Computer 27″ iMacI’m still working on a Mac platform, doing most of my work on a 27-inch 2013-vintage iMac.  I try to keep up to date with the latest version of

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Creating Screencasts (Mac) – 2017 Update #edtech #flipclass

So, it’s been a few years since I’ve detailed how I make my screencasts, and my workflow and equipment have evolved as I’ve added a few bells and whistles in an attempt to make the screencasts look a touch more professional (and more fun).  Some things have stayed the same, and others, well, not so much.  Here’s the basic workflow. The Computer http://aplusphysics.com/flux/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/imac-192x300.jpg27″ iMac I’m still working on a Mac platform, doing most of my work on a 27-inc

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Playstation VR In Educational Settings?

Not long ago I acquired a Playstation VR (PSVR) which I set up in my basement office, and was asked to evaluate the system for potential educational applications.  Beyond that, my scope was wide open, though I was provided the opportunity to sample a variety of games on the system to get a feel for the potential of the system.  What follows are some general ramblings and thoughts about the system. The Hardware Playstation VR Headset and Camera The tested system included a

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New AP Physics C Mechanics Book Release

You may have noticed it’s been a LONG time since I’ve updated this physics education blog.  More likely you haven’t noticed, because it’s been a LONG time since I’ve updated this blog.  This hasn’t been due to a lack of topics to write about, but rather, it’s been a conscious choice to plow full steam ahead on a project that began in June of 2013 and that I’m thrilled to announce is now available, The AP Physics C Companion: Mechanics.  But first, some background. Traditional AP Physics C As a

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New AP Physics C Mechanics Book Release

You may have noticed it’s been a LONG time since I’ve updated this physics education blog.  More likely you haven’t noticed, because it’s been a LONG time since I’ve updated this blog.  This hasn’t been due to a lack of topics to write about, but rather, it’s been a conscious choice to plow full steam ahead on a project that began in June of 2013 and that I’m thrilled to announce is now available, The AP Physics C Companion: Mechanics.  But first, some background. Traditional AP Physics C As a

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AP Physics 1 Essentials — The Mystery Third Edition

A few years ago I put together a review/guide book for the AP Physics 1 course the College Board recently released.  The project was started around 2009, but took several years to complete as the scope and direction of the College Board’s AP Physics 1 course continued to evolve, as more and more information about the course was released, modified, re-released, etc.  It has done fairly well, and after the release of the first exam, a second edition was released, which included minor edits, modifi

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AP Physics 1 Essentials — The Mystery Third Edition

A few years ago I put together a review/guide book for the AP Physics 1 course the College Board recently released.  http://aplusphysics.com/flux/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/3d-book2nd.pngThe project was started around 2009, but took several years to complete as the scope and direction of the College Board’s AP Physics 1 course continued to evolve, as more and more information about the course was released, modified, re-released, etc.  It has done fairly well, and after the release of the first e

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Guest Blog Post: Make a Positive Impact on Your High School Students’ Education With These Tips

Make a Positive Impact on Your High School Students Education With These Tips   High school teachers do not have easy shoes to fill, as an integral part of preparing teenagers for adulthood. Not only are they responsible for educating these young adults, they need to be able to engage with them in a way so that they are willing to learn and participate in new experiences. This is an age group who are at a major turning point in their lives, and despite needing guidance are more often prone to

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Bouncy Ball Lab

So taking a page from Lee Trampleasure’s blog “Bouncing Ball Lab Introduces Models and Foreshadows Future Physics Concepts,” I tried a version of the Bouncing Ball Lab with my Regents Physics students on the 3rd day of school.  Our goal Continue reading → The post Bouncy Ball Lab appeared first on Physics In Flux.

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Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge

<p>I ran across this “SWEAT” pledge from Mike Rowe and absolutely loved it, so thought I’d share… a great philosophy for taking ownership and control of your life! Learn more about this effort by clicking on the image itself.</p> <div style="width: 622px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="[url="http://profoundlydisconnected.com/foundation/poster/pledgedownload/"]http://profoundlydisconnected.com/foundation/poster/pledgedownload/[/url]"><img class="" [ur

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Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge

I ran across this “SWEAT” pledge from Mike Rowe and absolutely loved it, so thought I’d share… a great philosophy for taking ownership and control of your life!  Learn more about this effort by clicking on the image itself.   The post Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge appeared first on Physics In Flux.

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Which AP Physics Course Should I Take?

<p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; font-family: Helvetica, Helvetica, Georgia, serif; font-size: 17px; line-height: 32px;">Considering an AP Physics course? Outstanding, but which course should you take? The College Board now offers four separate and distinct versions of AP Physics, each designed with very different content, styles, and levels of mathematical complexity.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; font-family: Helvetica, Helvetica, Georgia, serif; font-size: 17px; line-he

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Which AP Physics Course Should I Take?

Considering an AP Physics course? Outstanding, but which course should you take? The College Board now offers four separate and distinct versions of AP Physics, each designed with very different content, styles, and levels of mathematical complexity. Currently, the four Continue reading → The post Which AP Physics Course Should I Take? appeared first on Physics In Flux.

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Developing a Successful Flipped Classroom

Flipped Classroom Resources Flipping Sites Upstate NY Flipped Forum (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/groups/667338956711381/ Flipped Learning Network: http://flippedclassroom.org Tips for High Quality Screencasts: http://bit.ly/1ReECBN Screencasting Software Screencast-O-Matic (PC & Mac): http://screencast-o-matic.com Camtasia (PC & Mac): http://techsmith.com Academic Superstore: http://www.academicsuperstore.com Adobe Presenter (PC & Continue reading → The post Developing a Suc

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AP Physics 1 2015 Free Response Solutions

<p><iframe width="660" height="371" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GyTFznnrtTs?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Questions here: <a href="https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap15_frq_physics_1.pdf" target="_blank">https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap15_frq_physics_1.pdf</a></p> <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/PhysicsInFlux/~4/f1UsO3MAXNk" height="

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AP Physics 1 2015 Free Response Solutions

Questions here: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap15_frq_physics_1.pdf The post AP Physics 1 2015 Free Response Solutions appeared first on Physics In Flux.

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AP Physics C 2015 Free Response Solutions

<p><iframe width="474" height="267" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NBrDW-vNHog?feature=oembed"frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="474" height="267" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ejp8aurJ294?feature=oembed"frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mechanics Exam Questions: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap

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AP Physics C 2015 Free Response Solutions

Mechanics Exam Questions: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap15_frq_physics_c-m.pdf E&M Exam Questions: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap15_frq_physics_c-e-m.pdf The post AP Physics C 2015 Free Response Solutions appeared first on Physics In Flux.

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Separating Wheat from Chaff #lewin #physicsed

<p>Recently I replied to a post on the College Board’s AP Physics Teacher discussion forum, an act that always seems to be a dicey proposition. A teacher had asked other AP physics teachers for instructional physics video recommendations. I replied with links to one of my favorite video series, the MIT 8.xx introductory calculus-based physics series put together by Prof. Walter Lewin.</p> <p>If you are unaware, Prof. Lewin’s lectures have been immensely popular and have

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