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Help your students shine as innovative engineers at RIT #edtech #physicsed #engineering

Hello high school physics teachers! My name is Rob Pearson, and I’m director of microelectronic engineering programs at Rochester Institute of Technology. I really like what I do and I want to tell you why. I also want to tell you why I am sharing this with you. I bet you would like to see students more engaged with the concepts you teach and the math employed in your courses. I am an engineer, so I think about problem solving (applications) first and basic science second. But like any good en

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Help your students shine as innovative engineers at RIT #edtech #physicsed #engineering

Hello high school physics teachers! My name is Rob Pearson, and I’m director of microelectronic engineering programs at Rochester Institute of Technology. I really like what I do and I want to tell you why. I also want to tell you why I am sharing this with you. I bet you would like to see students more engaged with the concepts you teach and the math employed in your courses. I am an engineer, so I think about problem solving (applications) first and basic science second. But like any good en

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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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Graphing Motion Page First Draft Complete

Had a busy weekend with lots of small successes on the APlusPhysics front... First off, finished up the first draft of the Regents --> Graphing Motion page (http://www.aplusphysics.com/courses/regents/kinematics/reg_graphmotion.html) with a couple more sample problems and an interactive Flash mini program demonstrating the relationship between d-t, v-t, and a-t graphs (thanks to Tom Schulte for the great graphics!!!). Also, spent some time on the phone with a physics teacher in Illinois wo

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Free 20GB Storage -- Great for Going off to School

Hi Gang, I ran across this dark and early this morning and thought it might be of interest to juniors and seniors, especially given how often I see students worrying about carrying files on thumb drives, e-mailing things to themselves, etc. This service is called Copy, and what it does is places a folder on your computer called COPY. You can also access it over the Internet. Anything you put in that COPY folder is automatically sync'ed to all of your accounts. So, for example, if

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First Page Complete!

After several weeks of design as well as months of self-training courses, I have the first pass at an entire page for the content section complete! It took some work in Flash Catalyst, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and MathType to put it all together, but I think it's looking swell for attempt #1. Check it out: http://www.aplusphysics.com/courses/regents/mathreview/reg_mathreview.html. :wave)

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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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Diverging Paths Forward

Work continues jointly on three fronts of APlusPhysics... I progressed through several more chapters of Adobe Illustrator CS5 Classroom in a Book (CIB), as it hasn't taken long to realize I need to greatly improve my illustration skills in order to adequately convey the message I want in the courses section of APlusPhysics. On off-CIB nights, I've been working through the text for the kinematics unit. More and more I'm realizing that I need to quit worrying about perfection in each sectio

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Diffraction in the Finger Lakes

Check out this shot from Google Maps demonstrating diffraction in the Finger Lakes region! http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/PhysicsInFlux/~4/JkF553E-K3g Source

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Differences Between AP Physics B and AP Physics 1 & 2

<p>Beginning this year, the <a style="color: #308bd8; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.collegeboard.org/">College Board</a> will be replacing their <a style="color: #308bd8; text-decoration: none;" href="http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_information/2007.html">AP Physics B</a> algebra-based physics course with two separate algebra-based physics courses, titled <a style="color: #308bd8; text-decoration: none;" href="http://apcentral.

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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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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 – 2013 Update #edtech #flipclass

<p>Hi Folks,</p> <p> At least once or twice a week I receive an e-mail asking how I make my screencasts, and given these posts are a couple years old, and I’ve adjusted my methodology a bit in the past few years, it seems high time I provided an update on my recommendations for screencasting. So, here goes.</p> <p><a href="http://aplusphysics.com/flux/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Screen-Shot-2013-05-29-at-8.20.40-AM.png"><img src="http://aplusphysics.c

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Collaboration

I had the opportunity to meet with a colleague, teacher, friend and peer on Wednesday, and I'm thrilled with how our breakfast (and work meeting) progressed. Having known each other professionally for close to 10 years now, from a time back before either of us entered education, it was a tremendous experience to sit down and talk about what's working in our classrooms, what we envision for the future, and start putting plans together to achieve that vision. Following breakfast, we settled do

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Bullet Fired Into the Air -- Free Fall Symmetry

I'm pretty sure this isn't the exact video clip I remember seeing explained, but it does recount the basic gist of the story in which a bullet fired randomly into the air comes back down with a high velocity to strike an innocent some distance away, consistent with our physics discussions about the symmetry of free fall (neglecting air resistance). Note that the video is graphic and disturbing, and not for the faint of heart. Find more details on annotated Mythbusters. [TABLE] [TR="bgco

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Bug-A-Salt

The Bug-A-Salt sure looks like a great invention utilizing tons of physics -- notice the free body diagram at the beginning of the video!

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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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Book Review: The 32 Most Effective SAT Math Strategies

[ATTACH=CONFIG]149[/ATTACH]Steve Warner’s 32 Most Effective SAT Math Strategies is more than a book of secrets to help students maximize their SAT math scores… it’s also a guide to problem solving and learning strategies that extend considerably beyond the bounds of the SAT exam itself. As a physics teacher, I can strongly assert that the most effective review book for any test is the book the student will use, and that requires a friendly, concise text that is clear, easy-to-read, and well pac

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Book Review: Just Enough Physics

[ATTACH=CONFIG]142[/ATTACH]Prof. Allain has taken his Dot.Physics introductory blog posts and formed them into a fun and entertaining e-book covering the basic principles of mechanics. From his initial advice not to use the e-book as a table leg prop to his discussion of differential equations in chapter 15, Just Enough Physics provides students a light, simple, and concise explanation of algebra-based physics. Further, Just Enough Physics actually includes directions on basic VPython pr

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