Thursday, September 18, 2014

eduLab Public Lecture Series

thanks to Nurazirah binte MISDANI (OER) for coordinating this email to NIE folks!

Lecture 2: Supporting Education with Online Computational Physics Resources 

Date: Friday 28 Nov 2014
Venue: NIE National Institute of Education 
2.30-3.30 pm Francisco Esquembre (Paco)’s talk
4.30-4.50 pm panel discussion with Paco and Wolfgang
Date: Friday 28 Nov 2014
Venue: NIE National Institute of Education 
3.30-4.30 pm 
Wolfgang’ talk
4.30-4.50 pm panel discussion with Paco and Wolfgang

photo of  Francisco Esquembre at MPTL18 September 2013 Madrid Spain, giving the first talk on EJSS. Photo credit: lookang

photo of Wolfgang Christian at MPTL18 September 2013 Madrid Spain, Photo credit: lookang

Using Easy Java(script) Simulations to create Physics simulations for teaching with tablets

Francisco Esquembre & Felix J GarcĂ­a-Clemente

University of Murcia, Spain

Supporting Education with Online Computational Physics Resources

Wolfgang Christian

Davidson College – NC, USA

We have extended the successful Easy Java Simulations (EJS) authoring tool <> to help Physics instructors create simulation of Physics phenomena that run on a variety of platforms. These simulations can be used for illustrating physic concepts during in-lecture demonstrations, or to promote thinking-provoking student activities. The simulations created with this new version of EJS can run on any HTML5+Javascript enabled device, which includes virtually any computer and mobile device. We have also created a Reader App that runs on Android and iOS tablets to help teachers and students collect and organize their simulations. Finally, the Reader connects on-line with the US-NSF sponsored comPADRE digital library, which hosts a growing number of simulations for Physics teaching and learning.
Over the past dozen years the Physlet and Open Source Physics (OSP) projects have produced some of the most widely used computer-based curricular materials for the teaching of introductory and advanced physics courses. These materials are based on Java applets called Physlets and on new OSP programs and authoring tools. This session describes how we use these materials in the Davidson curriculum to motivate and engage students in computational physics modeling. In addition to learning to program, students are required to write and communicate, to develop their graphical design skills, and to apply mathematical reasoning to complex problems. We will demonstrate how physics can be taught by modeling, and how this approach helps to deepen the understanding of the underlying physical principles while supporting computational thinking. Examples are available in the ComPADRE National Science Digital Library: <>.

[No registration required] These 2 public lectures are funded by NRF2011-EDU001-EL001 Java Simulations for Teaching and Learning eduLab Programme project, an MOE-NIE initiative, funded by National Research Foundation (NRF), Singapore, designed to surface and spread ground-up IDM-enriched pedagogical innovations.

Contact MOE-ETD , and RVHS for the four day, 25-28 November 2014, 0900-1300 hours EJS workshops @eduLab@AST, 2 Malan Road, Block J Level 4, Academy of Singapore Teachers, S(109433). Open to Singapore Teachers, preferably teaching physics in secondary and JC.
register here