Friday, October 7, 2011

30 second video/animation for launch of the MOE -Handbook for teaching secondary physics

30 second video/animation for launch of the MOE -Handbook for teaching secondary physics

 Story Board

Story Board page 1/3 video/animation 

Part I: Knowledge of Physics Teaching and Learning
Part II: Knowledge of Secondary Physics Curriculum
Chapter 6. Newtonian Mechanics
Chapter 7. Thermal Physics
Chapter 8. Electricity & Magnetism
Chapter 9. Waves

Part III: Reflective Practice in Physics Teaching

Story Board page 2/3 video/animation

Story Board page 3/3 video/animation

large resolution ripple tank
medium size ripple tank

video capture of the tracker projectile motion model by in Professor Doug Brown library

resources Logo free on the net

The Ministry of Education (MOE) defines higher education as any form of education that happens after one’s secondary education. (MOE, 2010) This includes autonomous universities, private universities and institutions, polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE). The market for higher education in Singapore is relatively huge as indicated by the number and types of institutes; however, we will only focus on education that confers degrees. In Singapore, there a generally 3 ways in obtaining a degree: studying in a public university, studying in a private university or studying abroad.

In line with the strategic vision of NUS to become a global knowledge enterprise, the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre has been established with the mission to nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation among the NUS community through education and outreach activities, and to advance knowledge of technology venturing practice through research. A university level centre and a unit of NUS Enterprise , the centre integrates its three main functions -- entrepreneurship education, research and outreach -- in a synergistic manner to inject an entrepreneurial dimension to NUS education, to mentor technology spin-offs by NUS professors, researchers and students, and to provide entrepreneurial thought leadership to the venture community of Singapore and beyond.

Nanyang Technological UniversityNanyang Technological University is a research-intensive university with globally acknowledged strengths in science and engineering. NTU has roots that go back to 1955 when Nanyang University was set up. Today, NTU has four colleges with 12 schools and three autonomous entities.

Useful Websites
Website on PCK Science (Chemistry, would be great to have a Physics example) Exemplars:

by Illinois Institute of Technology 3300 South Federal Street, Chicago, IL 
Pre-Service Education Program Overview of Program Conceptual Framework

1.   Subject matter Content knowledge: Knowledge of foundational ideas and conceptual schemes, data and procedures within a specific subject matter area.
2.   Pedagogical knowledge: Knowledge of generic principles and strategies of classroom instruction (e.g., instructional models and integration of technology) and management.
3.   (New to me but looks useful to explain/expand the original PCK framework) Knowledge of schools: Knowledge of educational contexts, i.e., the place of the classroom in the school, school in the community and other social contexts.
4.   (good idea) Knowledge of learners: Knowledge of all aspects of intellectual, social and emotional development of all students regardless of cultural, social, ethnic background.
5.   (good idea) Curricular knowledge: Knowledge of development and implementation of programs and materials.
6.   Pedagogical Content knowledge: The way of representing and formulating subject matter knowledge that makes it comprehensible to others (i.e., knowledge of how to transform and represent subject matter so that it is comprehensible to students or others).

Website with Lesson Study resources:

In Lesson Study teachers:

  • Think about the long-term goals of education - such as love of learning and respect for others;
  • Carefully consider the goals of a particular subject area, unit or lesson (for example, why science is taught, what is important about levers, how to introduce levers);
  • Plan classroom "research lessons" that bring to life both specific subject matter goals and long term goals for students; and
  • Carefully study how students respond to these lessons - including their learning, engagement, and treatment of each other. Illustration source: What’s Going on Backstage? Revealing the Work of Lesson Study (2009) by Catherine Bruce and Mary Ladky

MOE ‘Subject Syllabuses’ link:

SEAB ‘Syllabuses for School Candidates’ link:

Website with student difficulties in physics:
Website with abstracts of research on student alternative conceptions:
Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education ‘Alerts to Student Difficulties and Misconceptions in Science’ link:
Physics Instructional Models/Strategies
Lecture-based models/strategies
• Peer Instruction/ConcepTests -
• Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs) -
• Just-in Time Teaching -
Tutorial-based models/strategies
• Tutorials in Introductory Physics -
• Activity-based Physics (ABP) Tutorials -
• Cooperative Group Problem Solving -
• Context Rich Problems -
Studio/Workshop models/strategies
• Physics by Inquiry -
• Workshop Physics -
• The Physics Studio -
• Modelling Instruction in High School Physics -
• Technology Enabled Active Learning -

ICT-enhanced models/strategies
Open Source Physics Collection
• Physlets -
• PhET -
• Virtual Reality -
• Web-Delivered Interactive Lecture Demonstrations -
• TEAL –
• The Physics Classroom – Multimedia Physics Studio


thanks to
This calls for a round of thank you go to the people (ETD) who made this possible:
·         ANG Lay Guan for the excellent animation work, tirelessly translating the storyboard into its current amazing form.
·         TAN Lay Tju for cool video editing and 3D transition effects, recommend file format ‘*.mov’ for actual day as well as a backup ‘*.wmv’ in a CD with me.
·         Lee Chin Hiong Vincent  for the 2 amazing audio effects and good suggestion(s) to improve animation.

·         Sharon GOH for coordinating the animation production.
·         YAP Heong Meng for coordinating the audio and video production slots.
·         WEE Loo Kang for overall concept and service to AST and CPDD’s needs in the animation production.
·         DDTDL CHAN Lai Peng & ADTDL NIAM Hwee Peng for endorsing and putting a strong team of talented people to be involved in the animation production.

Great Work everyone!

scene 1: handbook to actual ripple tank simulation by Andrew Duffy and lookang

scene 2: theory, practice and research form the foundation to inform effective physics teachers for 21st century learning

scene 3: 3 parts of the physics handbook that aims to give ideas and strategies

scene 4: student focused learning with tracker projectile motion by Doug Brown as example

scene 5: teacher led professional learning in secondary school

scene 6: professional networked learning with partners to give the handbook a life of it own

scene 7: student joy and inspire as goal of handbook and network of educators and researchers
scene8: available e-PDF link at AST Physics Subject Chapter website that links to edumall for actuial PDF for restricted access  Handbook for Teaching Secondary Physics from edumall, only with edumall access

Actual Day Launch, video taken from my iPhone 4S HD

video off edumall


Cradle talk by Wulf Hofbauer. CRADLE – A multi-pronged approach to hands-on learning
Wulf Hofbauer, Lim Tit Meng, Science Centre Singapore
Practical application of physical concepts is key for progressing from memorisation to understanding. “Getting one's hands dirty” can also make the difference between passive consumption of an abstract, dry subject and a captivating active journey of discovery. However, hands-on activities require resources (equipment, time and expertise) that often may prevent their adoption in the classroom.
The Centre for Research and Applied Learning in Science (CRADLE) is a new teaching and research lab at Science Centre Singapore that aims to address this problem, focusing initially on physical sciences. Combining experienced scientists and educators, CRADLE not only provides an avenue for conducting experiments, but also to learn about the experimental setup itself (the “engineering”) which helps to understand and reinforce applied science concepts. By not just teaching isolated science facts, but also the practical use of real-world scientific tools and techniques, participants are enabled to build on and go beyond canned experiments, ultimately leading to the competence and skills to make use of CRADLE's resources for independent research projects.
CRADLE also strives to address multiple target audiences: While one focus is to provide a teaching and research lab for pre-university (upper secondary/JC) students, another goal is to be a training and development platform for teachers who want to gain more confidence and skills in bringing hands-on science to the classroom and their school labs with a minimum of resources.
Van de Graaff generator demo by Science Centre
Registration and breakfast
Arrival of Guest of Honour
Sin Kim Ho Welcome
Opening  Address by 
Academy of Singapore Teachers
Low Khah Gek sharing this video Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies -- a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.
For more information, check this website: 
i got the idea from Lee Fook Loong Eugene's post on his edumall blog which i shared with Kexin and Charles Chew.  
Solar Light Bulb by "Isang Litrong Liwanag" 

token of appreciation

Physics handbook launch secondary animation by ETD

Animation can be found in edumall
Keynote Address
Kwek Leong Chuan [] keynote

Kwek Leong Chuan [] keynote on learn more by examining less

Kwek Leong Chuan [] keynote on physics education should be on doing, less examination focus.

Kwek Leong Chuan [] keynote on translational research which he invented the word, adapted from medical field

Updated 2012 March 21st

handbook for teaching secondary physics edited video
For: Principal Master Teacher Charles Chew.
Directed by lookang
Animation and video pieces by: Lay Guan
Video by: Lay Tju
Music by: Vincent Lee
Permission given by ETD, MOE.

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