Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Wee, L. K. (2012, 08 February). Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using EJS Part 2.
Catalogued here as well

Paper presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting Conference: 2012 Winter Meeting, Ontario, California, USA.
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my session FC06 Wed 02/08, 8:50AM - 9:00 AM AAPT National Meeting Conference: 2012 Winter Meeting, Ontario, California, USA.

Title: Physics Educators as Designers of Simulations using EJS part 2
Presenter:  Loo Kang Lawrence Wee
Venue: 200C, Ontario Convention Center
Date: 08 February 2012
Time: 8:50AM - 9:00 AM

To deepen do-it-yourself (DIY) technology in the physics classroom, we seek to highlight the Open Source Physics (OSP) community of educators that engage, enable and empower teachers as learners so that we create DIY technology tools-simulation for inquiry learning. We learn 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 Easy Java Simulation (EJS) toolkit, we are able make sense of the physics from the computational models created by practicing physicists. We will share newer (2010-present) simulations that we have remixed from existing library of simulations models into suitable learning environments for inquiry of physics. We hope other teachers would find these simulations useful and remix them that suit their own context and contribute back to benefit all humankind, becoming citizens for the world
Abstract Footnotes: website prior to the meeting

Extension of
Wee, L. K. (2010, 20 July). Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation using Easy Java Simulation (EJS). Paper presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting Conference: 2010 Summer Meeting, Portland, Oregon, USA.
video and paper can be found here

FC06 8:50-9 a.m. Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using EJS Part 2*
Contributed – Loo Kang Lawrence Wee, Ministry of Education, Singapore
Ministry of Education (MOE) Building, SG 138675 Singapore; from
PPT via Google doc
JAR via Google sites

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To cite this presentation,
Wee, L. K. (2012, 08 February). Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using EJS Part 2. Paper presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting Conference: 2012 Winter Meeting, Ontario, California, USA.

a podcast to prepare myself for the real presentation. apologies for many incorrect use of terms but that is what a preparation is, fill with mistakes :)

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What i have learnt and could share to benefit those interested in Physics Education. Thanks SY for inputs!

Content of Course/Conference/Attachment

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 :

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

  • Four workshops which I attended:

(a)Saturday Feb 04 2012 8:00AM – 12.00PM 
Workshop 09: Teaching and Learning Electromagnetism in Introductory Physics Courses by Jenaro Guisasola. This workshop introduced participants to the students’ difficulties that could be encountered during learning of certain topics in electromagnetism.

(b)Saturday Feb 04 2012 1:00PM – 5.00PM 
Workshop 16: NASCAR Physics by Don Franklin. This hands-on workshop introduced participants to NASCAR racing and the physics concepts behind cars and tracks.

(c)Sunday Feb 05 2012 8:00AM – 12.00PM 
Workshop 28: Modelling Amusement Park Physics with EJS Simulations and Tracker Video Analysis by Wolfgang Christian, Mario Belloni, Anne Cox and Doug Brown. This hands-on workshop showed participants how to use EJS computer models and the Tracker video modelling to study the physics of amusement parks. 

(d)Sunday Feb 05 2012 1:00PM – 5.00PM 
Workshop 32: Writing Apps for the iPhone and the iPad by Andrew Duffy. This hands-on workshop showed participants how to use XCode environment to create apps on the Mac and the Interface Builder to lay out various buttons and sliders.

  • In addition to attending the main conference activities, I also presented my paper “Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using Easy Java Simulation part 2” during a concurrent session FC06. The paper is available for download from the Open Source Physics Website:

Benefits of Course/Conference/Attachment

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

  • Workshops enabled participants to fully experience the affordances 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 key aspects of teaching and learning in the United States. The conference provided a one-stop access to many pedagogical ideas on a range of Physics 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 (e.g. I am leading a project involving an Open Source Physics group of researchers). 

·         Weaknesses

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

·         I learned more about the latest research and ideas on ICT-based pedagogies in Physics education. An example is provided below:
    • Simulations, Modelling & Computation Physics
The Open Source Physics Project provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modelling. Computational physics and computer modelling provide students with new ways to understand, describe, explain, and predict physical phenomena.
  1. OSP Simulations are compiled programs on specific topics. The models can be used for concept building and exploration of exploring physical systems
  2. OSP curriculum packages combine computer simulations with tutorial materials and student worksheets. Packages can be modified to meet the needs of faculty and students.
  3. Easy Java Simulations provide the computational tools for students and faculty to explore physics without the need for learning details of java programming.
  4. OSP tools provide 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
2)    Anne J. Cox, Professor of Physics, Eckerd College
3)    Mario Belloni, Professor of Physics, Davidson College
4)    Doug Brown, Professor of Physics, Cabrillo College
5)    Andrew Duffy, Professor of Physics, Boston University
6)    Taha Mzoughi, Professor of Physics, Mississippi State University
7)    Aaron Titus, High Point University

·         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 part 2”. Some of the participants were excited by the computer models that I shared and asked for the link to these resources for use in their classrooms. Professor Taha also invited me to conduct an invited session at the 2013 Winter Meeting in New Orleans (Jan 5-9) under the AAPT committee sponsorship on Education Technologies (CET) as well as an outreach workshop for the teacher profession sharing programme at the Mississippi State University.

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

Greater benefits could be derived if we get a group of Master Physics 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. ).

Application of skills acquired

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

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 MOE projects:

·         eduLab project in Physics
·         ICT Connection, physics lesson examples
·         ICT Mentoring, F2F sharing session with secondary ICT Mentors
·         Physics Task Force, collaboration with Physics Principal 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 MOE education system.

10)         Any other comments.