Monday, February 8, 2010

American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting Conference: 2010 Summer Meeting — Portland, Oregon July 17 - 21

American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting Conference: 2010 Summer Meeting — Portland, Oregon July 17 - 21
Actual Conference Abstract
Dear Loo Kang  WEE,




Thank you for submitting an abstract for the upcoming AAPT Meeting.  Please check the AAPT website three months prior to the meeting for the scheduled date and time of your abstract.  Thank you.

Meeting: SM10
Session Level:  Upper-Level Undergraduate, High School
Session Topic: Technologies, Lecture/Classroom
Session Type: Contributed
Session Name: Simulated Learning? Using Simulations to Teach Physics
Abstract Title: Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation using Easy Java Simulation

Presenting Author: Loo Kang  WEE
Institution/Company: Ministry of Education Singapore
Address: Ministry Of Education (MOE) Building, 1 North Buona Vista Drive (S)138675
City: Singapore
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Zip: 519935 Country: Singapore
Phone: +65 9247 5573
Email: weelookang@gmail.com

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Abstract Body: To deepen the professional practice of physics educators, we seek to highlight the Open Source Physics (OSP) and Easy Java Simulation (Ejs) community of educators that engage, enable and empower teachers as learners so that we can be leaders in our teaching practice. We learnt through Web 2 online collaborative means to develop simulations together with reputable physicists through the open source digital library. By examining the open source codes of the simulation through the Ejs toolkit, we are able to examine and make sense of the physics from the computational models created by practicing physicists. We will share some of the simulations that we have remixed from existing library of simulations models into suitable learning environments for inquiry of physics.
http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?board=28.0

Abstract Footnotes: None

Conflicts: i am uncertain if my paper is Contributed or Poster.
Let me know.

let me know when my paper is accepted because my trip to USA from Singapore is subjected to my employer's approval, which usually it is easier for me to seek approval especially if i am presenting a paper.
else, if my paper is no shortlisted, then no worries. :)
have a great sharing!


Got to write to moe to go for conference. Wonder if it is good enough for moe?

I am presenting a paper on “Deepen the professional practice of physics educators”. The paper is on Easy Java Simulation (Ejs), a tool that I am driving the development of ICT resources for teaching and learning, under the pedagogy of learning by doing. I have been promoting and experimenting on the effective and innovative use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning, especially prototype school River Valley High School. Through my collaboration with school(s), I can provide consultancy services on translation and scaling of my virtual laboratory packages and support other schools in their planning, implementation and review of such ICT programs. Thus, my community of physics educators can builds school capacity for ICT integration into the school and possibly national curriculum.

Development plans after conference are:

To apply knowledge acquired in the ETD projects mentioned above.
To share on edumall.sg platform to drive physics educators PLC.
To create suitable virtual laboratory for Blue Sky Project.

May 10 2010
Just got an email from Natasha at Programs@aapt.org
Your Contributed paper "Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using Easy Java Simulation" has been scheduled for July 20, 2010 from 2:30 PM - 2:40 PM.


More write-up to seek funding.

Great news!
My Abstract:  " Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation using Easy Java Simulation " is accepted! :)
If my trip can be MOE supported is would be affirm my passion to learn. (Estimated cost is ~ 4500 SGD)

For your consideration.

American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting Conference: 2010 Summer Meeting — Portland, Oregon July 17 - 21 USA.


Abstract Body for conference: To deepen the professional practice of physics educators, I seek to highlight the Open Source Physics (OSP) and Easy Java Simulation (Ejs) community of educators that engage, enable and empower teachers as learners so that we can be leaders in our teaching practice. We learnt through Web 2 online collaborative means to develop simulations together with reputable physicists through the open source digital library. By examining the open source codes of the simulation through the Ejs toolkit, I was able to examine and make sense of the physics from the computational models created by practicing physicists. I will share some of the simulations that I have remixed from existing library of simulations models into suitable learning environments for inquiry of physics.
http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?board=28.0


Abstract Body for MOE: I am presenting a paper on “Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation using Easy Java Simulation”. The paper is on Easy Java Simulation (Ejs), a tool that I am driving the development of simulations for teaching and inquiry learning. I have been instrumental in promoting innovative use of ICT, as demonstrated with co-designed meaningful ICT lessons with River Valley High School.
Virtual Experiential Learning Laboratory with Ejs Java Applet Collision Carts  





Learning Physics of Sport Science through Video Analysis and Modeling  






Through my collaboration with school(s), I can provide consultancy services on translation and scaling of my simulation packages and support other schools in their planning, implementation and review of such ICT programs. Thus, community of physics educators can builds school capacity for ICT integration into the school-based and national curriculum.

Benefits:
To apply knowledge acquired in the ETD projects (Propel-T CSCL, Project Professional Learning Community, ICT Connection -Lesson Example Creation and Support).
To share on ICT Connection edumall.sg platform to support teacher curriculum leadership in physics education with Technology.
To nurture the network with the international professors in the fore-front of use of technology for physics learning

found the program
http://www.aapt.org/Conferences/sm2010/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=25158

WEE Loo Kang Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using Easy Java Simulation
Simulated Learning/ Using Simulations to Teach Physics
Contributed FI05        Salon Ballroom II       7/20/2010         2:30 PM       2:40 PM
http://sgeducation.blogspot.com/2010/02/american-association-of-physics.html

more write up

It is proposed to send WEE Loo Kang to attend this conference as he is presenting a paper on "Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using Easy Java Simulation" on July 20, 2010. He have been strengthening teachers’ capacity to infuse innovative use of ICT into the school’s curriculum, and scaling co-designed exemplars of meaningful ICT lessons with River Valley High School. He can then better mentor teachers’ curriculum leadership in physics education with technology. This exposure will put Singapore education system in good light and allow networking with world famous professors in the fore-front of use of technology for physics education.

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It is proposed to send WEE Loo Kang to attend this conference as he is presenting a paper on "Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using Easy Java Simulation" on July 20, 2010. He have been strengthening teachers’ capacity to infuse innovative use of ICT into the school’s curriculum, and scaling co-designed exemplars of meaningful ICT lessons with River Valley High School. He will be in a better position to mentor teachers’ curriculum leadership in physics education with technology. This exposure also promotes networking with professors using technology meaningfully for physics education and puts Singapore in a good light. 

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It is proposed to send WEE Loo Kang to attend this conference as he will be presenting a paper "Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using Easy Java Simulation" on July 20, 2010. By attending this conference, Loo Kang will be able to keep abreast of the latest research and ideas on ICT-based pedagogies in Physics education. This will stand him in good stead in his project to mentor River Valley High’s teachers in infusing and scaling innovative use of ICT within the school’s science curriculum. This exposure will also enable Loo Kang to network with renowned Physics educators and academia in the United States and glean useful insights on the meaningful use of ICT for physics education.

 EVALUATION REPORT

1.    Objective of the conference:
•    To provide professional development and networking opportunities for the physics education community (i.e. American Association of Physics Teachers)

2.    Description of the conference content.
•    For details on workshops, plenary/concurrent/poster sessions and the exhibition, please see the conference programme at :
http://www.aapt.org/Conferences/sm2010/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=25474

3.    Description of on-the-job training attachments or programme of visits and tours.

•    Two workshops which I attended:

(a)Saturday Jul 17 2010 9:00AM – 5.00PM
Workshop 05: Research-Based Curricula and Computer Supported Tools by David Sokoloff. This hands-on workshop introduced participants to active learning with the use of  computer tools.

(b)Sunday Jul 18 2010 8:00AM – 5.00PM
Workshop 20: Computer Modeling & The Physics Classroom Web Resources by Wolfgang Christian and the Open Source Physics Group. This hands-on workshop showed participants how to combine curricular materials in The Physics Classroom with simulations in the Open Source Physics Collection to improve students’ understanding of physics concepts.

•    In addition to attending the main conference activities, I also presented my paper “Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using Easy Java Simulation” during a concurrent session.


Benefits of Course/Conference/Attachment

4.    Aspects of the course/conference/attachment that were stressed.

•    Workshops enabled participants to fully experience the affordable of the digital resources that were available for the learning of Physics. Research instruments and books were distributed to participants so that they could further develop and adapt the materials for classroom use after the conference.
•    Committee meeting discussions focused on how AAPT could plan and execute future directions of the conference.
•    The panel discussions and concurrent sessions were insightful and research findings of the presenters were clearly grouped under the same broad categories. Panel discussions devoted more time for the audience to ask questions while concurrent sessions were generally short and more focused.
•    The exhibition by vendors highlighted some of the commercial products available for the learning of physics.


5)*    Critical appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the conference

•    Strengths
AAPT is an international organization for physics educators. It supports physics and physical science teachers in teaching and learning in the United States. The conference provided a one-stop access to many physics pedagogical ideas on a range of topics suitable for use by secondary and junior college teachers in Singapore, as well as opportunities for conference attendees to explore possible collaborations with Physics professors. 

•    Weaknesses
As the conference focused on the nuts and bolts of teaching and learning physics in the classroom, conference attendees might not be able to directly draw policy-level conclusions or recommendations about the Physics national curriculum. The absence of free wifi in the conference venue prevented  users from using online social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to discuss and share insights and personal thoughts instantaneously.

6)*    Detailed description of specific benefits derived from the course/conference/attachment in relation to:

•    I have learned more about the latest research and ideas on ICT-based pedagogy in Physics education. An example is provided below:
o    Simulations, Modeling & Computation Physics
The Open Source Physics Project provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling. Computational physics and computer modeling provide students with new ways to understand, describe, explain, and predict physical phenomena.
  • OSP Simulations are compiled programs on specific topics. The models can be used for concept building, exploring physical systems
  • OSP curriculum packages combine computer simulations with tutorial materials and student worksheets. Packages can be modified to meet the needs of faculty and students.
  • Easy Java Simulations provides the computational tools for students and faculty to explore physics without the need for learning details of java programming. OSP tools are OSP provides several general applications for physics teaching, student activities, and curriculum distribution.

•    I attended sessions conducted by the following Physics educators and academia in the United States, who can be possible collaborators in creating OSP curriculum materials:
1)    Christian Wolfgang, Brown Professor of Physics, Davidson College http://www.phy.davidson.edu/FacHome/wc/Welcome.htm
2)    Anne J. Cox, Professor of Physics, Eckerd College http://home.eckerd.edu/~coxaj/
3)    Mario Belloni, Professor of Physics, Davidson College http://webphysics.davidson.edu/mjb/welcome.htm
4)    Doug Brown, Professor of Physics, Cabrillo College http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/
5)    Michael Gallis, Professor of Physics, Penn State Schuylkill http://slweb2.sl.psu.edu/facultypages/Directory/Gallis.html
6)    Todd Timberlake, Professor of Physics, Berry College http://facultyweb.berry.edu/ttimberlake/
7)    Taha Mzoughi, Professor of Physics, Mississippi State University http://www.msstate.edu/dept/Physics/web3OLD2006/profs/mzoughi.html
8)    Aaron Titus, High Point University http://acme.highpoint.edu/~atitus/index.html
9)    Vasudeva Rao Aravind, Pennslyvania State University http://www.mri.psu.edu/faculty/gopalan/aravind.asp

•    I gained insights and useful feedback from fellow physics educators when
I presented my paper “Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using Easy Java Simulation”


7)    How the conference can be improved to be of greater benefit.

Greater benefits could be derived if we get a group of Master teachers and teachers to attend the conference together and work towards becoming a part of the international community of practice to collaborate on projects with the Physics professors (e.g. http://www.compadre.org/osp/ ).

Application of skills acquired

8)*    Aspects of the knowledge/skills acquired that can be introduced in Singapore

In addition to doing a presentation on the conference for my section, I will be sharing lesson ideas and Physics resources gleaned from the conference with teachers in the following projects:

•    PropelT CSCL, Physics collaboration with PJC and ACJC
•    ICT Connection, physics lesson examples Tracker and Ejs
•    ICT Mentoring, sharing F2F session with secondary ICT Mentors
•    Physics Task Force, collaborate with Physics Master Teacher.
•    Singapore Science Teachers Conference Workshop.
•    Instructional Programme support group (IPSG) sharing

9)    State which category of personnel would benefit most from the conference and how.

Senior specialists and Physics teachers (Master, Lead) would benefit most form the conference.  The conference provides much food for thought in terms of how lesson examples can be developed with meaningful use of technology to benefit the education system.

The views expressed here are solely the author and does not necessarily represent the organization.