Thursday, June 26, 2014

Invitation to OCPA8 Conference - Phys Ed Speaker

Surely I would love to speak but I just have to check with my bosses :)
Hope it is approved soon.

Proposed Abstract:

Conference: 8th Joint Meeting of Chinese Physicists Worldwide (OCPA8)
Date: 23 to 27 June 2014

Conference: 8th Joint Meeting of Chinese Physicists Worldwide (OCPA8)
Invited Talk Date: 26 June 2014
Address: School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 21 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637371
Time: 5.30pm – 5.50pm 
Title: Open Educational Resources from Performance Task using Video Analysis and Modelling using Tracker and K12 science education framework 
Speaker: Loo-Kang Wee 

This invited paper discuss why Physics performance task by grade 9 students in Singapore is worth participating in for two reasons, 1) the video analysis and modelling are open access, licensed creative commons attribution for advancing open educational resources in the world and 2) allows students to be like physicists, where the K12 science education framework is adopted.

Personal reflections on how physics education can be made more meaningful in particular Practice 1: Ask Questions, Practice 2: Use Models, Practice 5: Mathematical Thinking using Video Modelling supported by evidence based data from video analysis and Practice 8: Open Communications. 

This paper hopes to spur fellow colleagues to look into open education initiatives such as our Singapore Tracker community open educational resources curated on  as well as digital libraries directly accessible through Tracker 4.85, EJSS reader app on Android and iOS and EJS 5.0 authoring tool-kit for computer models in Easy Java Simulation-Open Source Physics Project.

google doc version

Proposed Slides:



I speculate I will be talking about physics education using
2 pedagogies
  1. (simple for mass adoption) Inquiry supported by simulations and video analysis - 10 mins
  2. (sophisticated, for deep pedagogy with technology) Constructionism: student as designers of computer and video modelling – 5 minutes.


Loo Kang WEE Lawrence

Loo Kang Lawrence WEE is a senior specialist II at the Ministry of Education (MOE), Education Technology Division (ETD),Singapore. He obtained his B.Eng (Hons) from National University of Singapore, and his Masters in Instructional Design and Technology from National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.
His current research focuses on designing computer models, also known as simulations and video analysis and modelling for physics education.
He is a member of American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and International Research Group on Physics Teaching GIREP and also publishes in Physics Education journal.
His blog serves as a gateway to teachers and students to use and remix his simulations with the aim of benefiting all humankind. His contributed simulations are downloadable, creative commons attribution licensed, from Digital Libraries on the NTNU Virtual Physics Laboratory and Open Source Physics (OSP).
His teaching experiences include junior college physics and secondary school science and mathematics.
He was recognized for his research and development of innovative and effective “gravity-physics by inquiry” computer models by winning a Ministry of Education Innergy 2012 Gold Award, Singapore Public Service PS21 Best Ideator 2012 and Ministry of Education Best Innovator Award 2013 . He is also a recipient of numerous SPRING Singapore Excellent Service Award (EXSA), MOE Service Excellence Award (MSEA) and Public Service 21 (PSSSA) Distinguished Star Service Award 2014.

List of publication:Journal Papers

  1. Wee L.K., Charles Chew, Samuel Tan, Darren Wong (201?) Using Computer Model to understand Forced Resonance Graph and Why Use Easy Java Simulation? ( in draft)
  2. Wee L.K., Ning H.T. (201?) Vernier Caliper and Micrometer Computer Model using Easy Java Simulation XX(X), XXX (accepted) 
  3. Wee, L. K., & Goh, G. H. (2013). A geostationary Earth orbit satellite model using Easy Java Simulation. Physics Education, 48(1), 72. doi: 10.1088/0031-9120/48/1/72 arXiv:1212.3863 [pdf]
  4. Wee L.K., Charles Chew, Goh G.H.,Lee T.L.,Samuel Tan (2012) Using Tracker as a Pedagogical Tool for Understanding Projectile Motion Physics Education, 47(4): 448. arXiv:1206.6489 [pdf
  5. Wee, L. K. (2012). One-dimensional collision carts computer model and its design ideas for productive experiential learning. Physics Education, 47(3): 301. [Draft PDF] arXiv:1204.4964 [pdf
  6. Wong, D., Sng, P. P., Ng, E. H., & Wee, L. K. (2011). Learning with multiple representations: an example of a revision lesson in mechanics. Physics Education, 46(2), 178. [Draft PDF] arXiv:1207.0217 [pdf]

MOE Publication:

  1. Wee L.K. (2013) Open Source Physics, i in Practice 1(1), p. 58-63, Ministry of Education.[PDF] [Full PDF]


Invitation to OCPA8 Conference - Phys Ed Speaker
Secretariat of OCPA8
Dear Mr Wee


The 8th Joint Meeting of Chinese Physicists Worldwide (OCPA8)
Looking Forward to Quantum Frontiers and Beyond
International Conference on Physics & Education, Singapore (23 to 27 June 2014)

The OCPA was originally formed in 1995 to promote physics and astronomy research among ethnic Chinese physicists and astronomers in the United States. Over the years, the original charter of the OCPA has somewhat been modified to incorporate all ethnic Chinese physicists around the world, including non-Chinese physicists who support the activities. The 8th OCPA Conference will be held in Singapore from 23 to 27 June 2014. 

Over the years, the OCPA conference has been organized along the format of the Annual APS conference. While this development is important, we should not lose track of the fact that it is important for the OCPA to bring together ethnic Chinese for further collaborations. In the last ten years, China has steadily become a powerhouse of scientific research. It is therefore important that we should gel the global Chinese community to seek stronger collaborations among themselves and possibly with ethnically non-Chinese scientists. Singapore is a melting pot of East and West culture and we hope that the venue will provide a good platform to enhance research collaborations in East Asia in the next decade.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to invite you as a speaker for the session on Physics Education scheduled on Thursday, 26 June 2014 afternoon. As an expert in your field, we hope that you will be able to share your experiences and spur younger colleagues to move into your field. You will be given 20 minutes (15+5 min) for the talk. Waiver of registration fees will be provided.

For more information, please refer to the conference website at

We look forward to your favourable reply.

Yours sincerely,
OCPA8 Secretariat

On behalf of
The OCPA8 Scientific Program Committee

Program is out!