Friday, April 27, 2012

3rd Meeting Java Sims

I think our project is progressing well and it is time again to share our collective understanding to benefit the communities within and outside this project.

Below is the draft agenda for your edits for a meaningful meeting.

Date: 27th april 2012
Time: 1500-1730
Venue: Yishun JC
Room: Conference Room Meeting room 1
Possible Guests:  I took the liberty to invite them to understand the good work that we are doing. They may or may not come
1.       Charles Chew, AST
2.       Barnabas Tan, Huang Kexin, Joy Tan , CPDD

1.       Sharing of past research on lesson packages with focus on,
a.       current state of the lesson package
b.      research insights, evidence data, student artifacts
c.       research paper for conference or journal if any planned

Ai phing and alysious goh will attend the WCPE representing the team's work.

•         AJC
Alysious will implement collision cart soon.
Ee-peow has begin to collect survey data using the google form with his enhancement fields like gender etc.

Tat leong Rvhs shared his class used the emi applet and the model is improved and data waiting for analysis.

•         IJC

Soo Kok shared the data with 4% higher post test score using interactive engagement lesson 12% (N=53) using ejs ripple tank model than demonstration 8% (N=59) based on a equivalent grouping based on equal pre test score.
Interesting facts include:
Hake gain formula used
Analysis and finding consistent with hake paper
initial finding based on un-equivalent grouping suggests 0.2% in favour of interactive engagement using ejs ripple tank model.

YJC shared using ripple tank level wide implementation using a blended demo plus hands on using model.

Teachers are encouraged to get more students to complete the survey.

•         SRJC

Chew ling shared her classes used the emi model
Joshua shared his colleague are skeptical of improved learning gains in terms of test scores.
One way of look at this is learning is based on experience, without experience, learning is not deepen and we argue for deep learning as oppose to surface 'learning' for exams smart.

•         YJC

Jimmy share the gravity models will be implemented on term 3.
2 as labs
2 In tutorial as experiential activities.

•         RVHS

Ai phing shared Rvhs findings and teacher interview.
The lesson package is suitable for after lecture, testing more on concepts and application.

•         ETD

o   share using excel spread sheet to analyze data requested by IJC
o   share of the google site use for scaling up to other schools

o   Share the current state of the computer models design
•         NIE

2.       Updates on various lesson packages about the future implementation of the other schools lead lesson packages.
•         AJC
•         IJC
•         SRJC
•         YJC
•         RVHS
•         ETD
•         NIE

3.       Updates on conference
a.       The World Conference on Physics Education Accepted by 2 blind reviewers, who is going?
Blind Reviewer 1 comments are:
This is an interesting project. It is not clear from the abstract whether the presentation will include student responses to the lesson packages but this aspect would also be importance to include even if it is anecdotal and / or very brief.
Blind Reviewer 2 comments are:
• Title is brief.
• Abstract briefly explains the purposes.
• Abstract explains the computer models.

Computer Models Design for Teaching and Learning using Easy Java Simulation

Loo Kang Lawrence Wee1, Tat Leong Lee1, Weiming Xu1, Ai Phing Lim1, Chew Ling Lim1, Giam Hwee Jimmy Goh1, Chee Wah Ong1, Soo Kok Ng1, Khoon Song Aloysius Goh1, Kenneth Lim2
1Ministry of Education Singapore (MOE)
2National Institute of Education (NIE)
I am not allowed to edit the abstract after it is accepted, next time I will include the school names 

Our abstract is:
We are teachers who have benefited from the Open Source Physics (Brown, 2011; Christian, 2010; Esquembre, 2010) community's work and we would like to share some of the computer models and lesson packages that we have designed and implemented in five schools in the grade 11 to 12 classes.
In a ground up teacher leadership (MOE, 2010) approach, we came together to learn together, advancing the professionalism of physics educators and improve students' learning experiences through suitable blended of real equipment and computer models. We will share computer models that we have remixed from existing library of computer models into suitable learning environments for inquiry of physics customized (Wee & Mak, 2009) for the Advanced Level Physics.
We hope other teachers would find these computer models useful and remix them that suit their own context and contribute back, design better learning activities and share back, to benefit all humankind, becoming citizens for the world.
This is an eduLab (Wee, 2010) project funded by the National Research Fund (NRF) Singapore and Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore.

Brown, D. (2011). Tracker Free Video Analysis and Modeling Tool for Physics Education Retrieved 20 October, 2010, from
Christian, W. (2010). Open Source Physics (OSP) Retrieved 25 August, 2010, from
Esquembre, F. (2010). Easy Java Simulations Retrieved 20 October, 2010, from
MOE. (2010). An Introduction to PLCs Retrieved 01 December, 2010, from
Wee, L. K. (2010, 03 November). eduLab mass briefing on possible ideation options for eduLab projects sharing on Easy Java Simulation and Tracker. Jurong Junior College, 2010, from
Wee, L. K., & Mak, W. K. (2009, 02 June). Leveraging on Easy Java Simulation tool and open source computer simulation library to create interactive digital media for mass customization of high school physics curriculum. Paper presented at the 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference, Singapore.

Keywords: Blended Learning, Simulations, Computer Models, Open Source Physics, Teacher Education, Tracker, Easy Java Simulations
b.      ICCE2012 – The 20th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2012, Singapore any anyone interested?
4.       Other Matters