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Slide 1 VCE Physics: Resources Practical Activities Slide 2 VCE Physics Resources for Teachers Slide 3 Resources Formats:TextCDROMWebsitesForums Slide 4 Resources Text: VCAA Resources List (21 pages) VCAA Resources List (21 pages) Teachers Guides Teachers Guides Old Prac Guides: Gardiner & White; Brian McKittrick Old Prac Guides: Gardiner & White; Brian McKittrick Old Problem books: G & McK; Boydell (Checkpoints) Old Problem books: G & McK; Boydell (Checkpoints) Old Exam and Trial papers: STAV, NEAP, CSE formerly IARTV, QATs, Kilbaha, TSFX, TSSM Old Exam and Trial papers: STAV, NEAP, CSE formerly IARTV, QATs, Kilbaha, TSFX, TSSM Slide 5 Resources CDROMs: Colin Hopkins Colin Hopkins Teacher Support kits Teacher Support kits Conference Proceedings: Pre 2000 Conference Proceedings: Pre 2000 Slide 6 Resources: Websites VCAA VCAA Study Design Resources List Assessment Handbook Exam papers Exam reports Use of Calculators www.vicphysics.org www.vicphysics.org www.vicphysics.org Pages for: Beginning teachersStudents Conferences Events Each Area of StudyIssues & News Each Area of Study Issues & News Textbook sites Slide 7 Resources : Websites Institute of Physics (UK) http://www.iop.org/ Institute of Physics (UK) http://www.iop.org/ Support for beginning teachers: * I am new to teaching physics * www.talkphysics.org www.talkphysics.org * SPT: Supporting Physics Teachers Resources American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), http://www.aapt.org/ American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), http://www.aapt.org/http://www.aapt.org/ under Resources: * ComPADRE, http://www.compadre.org/ * Physical Science Resources Center: PSRC Slide 8 Resources : Websites National STEM Centre (UK) National STEM Centre (UK) http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/ An e-library of resources across S, T, E and M Physics: 1549 resources going back to the 1960s. Select by age, year of publication, style (22 choices), format and publisher. Includes over 500 activity sheets and 200 text books. Slide 9 Forums www.vicphysics.org www.vicphysics.orgwww.vicphysics.org A local forum www.talkphysics.org www.talkphysics.orgwww.talkphysics.org A forum for UK teachers, but well supported and full of useful ideas. Slide 10 Practical Activities Types / Styles Criteria for selecting Activities Reporting Assessment Slide 11 Types / Styles of Practical Activities Slide 12 Familiarisation exercise Exploration SimulationDemonstration Self paced activity Class exercise Formal experiment Investigation Excursion Prac Test Slide 13 Types / Styles of Practical Activities Examples Familiarisation exercise Using a CRO and other devices Exploration Introductory Light activities Dissection of a DC motor Slide 14 Types / Styles of Practical Activities Examples Simulation (Spreadsheet investigation) Radioactive Decay Telescope Planetary data Demonstration (POE) Properties of and Magnet in Al tube Slide 15 Types / Styles of Practical Activities Examples Self paced activity Booklet of Electricity experiments Booklet of Electronics exercises Class exercise Half life experiment Photoelectric Effect experiment Twirling a tuning fork at the ear Slide 16 Types / Styles of Practical Activities Examples Formal experiment Snells Law Net F = ma Circular motion Magnetic field of a solenoid InvestigationNumerous Slide 17 Types / Styles of Practical Activities ExamplesExcursion VCE Physics Day at Luna Park Australian Synchrotron Scienceworks ScienceworksVSSECCSIROSEC Prac Test DC Circuit measurements Location of virtual image Slide 18 Criteria for selecting Practical Activities Selecting both the activity and the type: Learning benefit Learning benefit Equipment Equipment Time Time Comfort level Comfort level Behaviour Behaviour Slide 19 Reporting How should the students present what they have learnt? Oral Oral Poster Poster IT based IT based Written Written *Answers to set questions *Log book entry *Formal write up Slide 20 Assessment Alternatives can range from: Completed? Y/N Completed? Y/N Overall grade, A - E Overall grade, A - E Raw score out of 10 Raw score out of 10 Satisfactory completion Satisfactory completion Criterion referenced Criterion referenced Slide 21 Unit 2: Practical Investigation They design and undertake more complex investigations involving at least one independent, continuous variable, and take increasing responsibility for the design of investigations. Slide 22 Unit 2: Practical Investigation Students: identify a problem or research question and formulate a prediction or hypothesis, identify a problem or research question and formulate a prediction or hypothesis, select at least one relevant independent continuous variable and recognise controlled variables. select at least one relevant independent continuous variable and recognise controlled variables. adapt or extend given methods, or at least partly design their own methods, for the control of variables adapt or extend given methods, or at least partly design their own methods, for the control of variables Slide 23 Unit 2 Practical Investigation Students also: systematically collect and record sufficient relevant data for simple investigations including correct use of units, symbols and formulas. systematically collect and record sufficient relevant data for simple investigations including correct use of units, symbols and formulas. account for sources of error and uncertainty, account for sources of error and uncertainty, evaluate limitations of, and weaknesses and errors in, techniques and equipment. evaluate limitations of, and weaknesses and errors in, techniques and equipment. Identify alternative interpretations of data and results. Identify alternative interpretations of data and results. Slide 24 Units 3 & 4 Extended Practical Investigation They design and carry out an extended practical investigation. They collect accurate data, evaluate the quality of data and measurement processes, and make conclusions based on the data. Slide 25 Units 3 & 4 Extended Practical Investigation Students: select focused research questions and formulate a quantitatively testable hypothesis. select focused research questions and formulate a quantitatively testable hypothesis. identify variables of significance to an investigation and decide the appropriate variables to be controlled. identify variables of significance to an investigation and decide the appropriate variables to be controlled. adapt or extend given methods, and design their own methods, for the control of variables and the systematic collection of sufficient relevant data.. adapt or extend given methods, and design their own methods, for the control of variables and the systematic collection of sufficient relevant data.. record raw qualitative and quantitative data accurately and record raw qualitative and quantitative data accurately and Slide 26 Units 3 & 4 Extended Practical Investigation Students also: present processed data, including correct use of units, symbols and formulas, to ensure that relationships between variables are evident. present processed data, including correct use of units, symbols and formulas, to ensure that relationships between variables are evident. identify sources of error and estimate uncertainties in, and reliability of, data and derived quantities. identify sources of error and estimate uncertainties in, and reliability of, data and derived quantities. analyse procedures and results, taking into account limitations of, and weaknesses and errors in, techniques and equipment. analyse procedures and results, taking into account limitations of, and weaknesses and errors in, techniques and equipment. Identify and explain alternative interpretations of data and results. Identify and explain alternative interpretations of data and results. Slide 27 (Extended) Practical Investigation Teachers decisions: How much class time? How much class time? From which Area of Study to choose topics? From which Area of Study to choose topics? How much topic choice to give the students? How much topic choice to give the students? Group size? Group size? How much home time? Use of log books? How much home time? Use of log books? Format for the write up? Format for the write up? Marking procedure? Marking procedure? Your role? Your role? Slide 28 Units 3 & 4 Assessment Extended Practical Investigation (EPI) Marking Procedure VCAAVCAA Assessment Booklet VCAA Descriptors for EPI Descriptors in table format Slide 29 Units 3 & 4 Assessment Report on selected Practical Activities Teachers decisions: Which Area of Study to choose pracs from? Which Area of Study to choose pracs from? Which pracs? Which pracs? Use of log books? Use of log books? How much home time? How much home time? Format for writing report? Format for writing report? Structure of the report? Structure of the report? Marking procedure? Marking procedure?