Friday, October 28, 2011

Video Analysis Software Tech Scan

based on my limited tech scan, i still recommend Tracker.



reference:
http://livephoto.rit.edu/wiki/index.php?n=Equipment.Video_Analysis_Software



Date of review
Software Title
Demo/Trial
Platforms
Cost
Benefits to learning
Significance to research
Overall
Recommended?
28 October 2011
Open source project by Doug Brown
Free
Windows  Mac
Linux



$0
Well established, plus a pedagogy of video modeling
Many educators researchers & student use to conduct research
Excellent product, always updates with better features
Yes

Physics ToolKit, previously named World-in-Motion
Free
windows
$0
video analysis

No idea, haven’t tried it yet

28 October 2011
Award winning data collection with video analysis
Yes. 30 days
Windows  Mac



$258
video analysis plus data logging
More commercial than research
Excellent product
Yes

Yes
Windows  
$695
 video analysis 
commercial
No idea, haven’t tried it yet


Windows  Mac

$149.00
 video analysis 
commercial
No idea, haven’t tried it yet


http://www.rp.edu.sg/shl/keyProject.aspx
Markerless Visualization and Performance Optimization
The Creation of Innovative Educational Environments exploiting Contextualized Interactive Augmented Reality Technologies.
Yes Windows
video analysis commercial





links to video libraries
http://physics.doane.edu/physicsvideolibrary/default.html by Department of Physics, Doane College
http://livephoto.rit.edu/wiki/index.php?n=Videos.Homepage by  Rochester Institute of Technology
http://livephoto.rit.edu/ check out the menu of video by LivePhoto Physics Project team

Chen Show Mao’s Maiden Speech in Parliament is awesome!

image Uploaded with ImageShack.us by dqwong at http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/showthread.php?t=3230181
Chen Show Mao’s Maiden Speech in Parliament is awesome!

There are many awesome points made by Show Mao which the ordinary Singaporean will identify with, at least i do and judging by the quality of the speech both in English and Mandarin, which is not a direct translation but a clever rewording to Chinese cultural history references. It is simply awesome.

This is my personal reflections on what makes Show Mao's speech awesome ( the views expressed are solely my own and does not represent any organization).
  • It is the intolerance of differences that will be divisive. Something i could not find the words to say with, but i feel as a Singaporean is reflective of the politics in sg.
  • reference to former Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo as the worker's party and many Singaporeans respect George as a person and a leader.
  • The simple drawing of a biological "logic" of life as diversification. An imposed unity is a false unity.
  • demystify that any other alternate party members simply oppose government policy but it is to challenge assumptions and offer different views with a heart of the people at the center of challenge at imbalanced government policy that favor economic growth at the expense of majority or some groups of the people.
  • alternate party do support "the government in its work" when it has the people at the center of government policy. 
  • imply that all party members are subjected to the boundaries of the law as the law is an expression of "the sovereign will of our people".
  • demystify that alternate party members are not patriotic, but reinforce the point that we all are patriotic and let's not lose focus for the greater good of the people.
  • more liberalization for "room to voice their views and grievances and participate in community affairs" that aims to strengthen social cohesion rather than weaken.
  • use of a wise Singaporean on Facebook demonstrates how connected his speech is to the people perhaps even the voice of the common networked people.
  • quoting the President Tan to unite the Parliament, in the area that is pertinent to everyday Singaporean like transport, education, healthcare & housing. 
  • to bring balance and realignment to the policy of the government to "put our people at the center of our government policies" instead of economic growth and viability for the country while citing United Nations’ inaugural Human Development Report in 1990s.
  • Lastly, the Chinese language which is not a direct translation but a clever rewording to Chinese cultural history references.
My own sense is money should be spend on education in informed, clever and low-cost investment can be made in the area of open content and licensing them all under creative commons attribution and share-alike such as open source physics work that i am involved in personally, rather than investing on projects with high cost and low benefits to the everyday classroom today, speaking metaphorically of course.


Youtube


reference: http://www.wp.sg/2011/10/chen-show-maos-speech-debate-on-presidents-address/
with some highlighting for my own educational and research purposes, no copyright infringement intended.

Mr Speaker, Thank you, and congratulations.
Following our two elections this year, some commentators tell us that Singaporeans’ political differences are rising to the surface. Many of our leaders have expressed their concerns about the differences. They warned of divisions and called for unity. I’d like to remind us that differences are not divisions. It is the intolerance of differences that will be divisive.
I would like to quote a man who is not able to join us here today. In a newspaper interview, former Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo related what a Roman Catholic cardinal told him about the late Pope John Paul the Second. The cardinal had drafted, “Even though we’re all different because we speak different languages, we are one”. The Pope corrected him. “No, it is not even though we’re different, we are one. It is because we are different, we are one.” Mr Yeo then said, “I thought that was so profound and beautiful. In my first speech to the United Nations, I repeated that story because in the UN, it is also because we are different that we are one. To be a human being is to be different. The whole logic and driving force of biological life is diversification. An imposed unity is a false unity; it’s a contradiction in terms. To me, that is a core position, and Singapore is an expression of that core position.”
Singapore is an expression of that core position of diversity, and this must include political diversity in this day and age. Let me state quite clearly how I see myself as an opposition member of this parliament. I may challenge government policy in parliament, but I do not by definition oppose government policy. It does not mean that I do not support the government in its work. It is very simple. I am an opposition MP and will perform my role to voice alternative and opposing views in the law-making process, based on my party philosophy. But I submit to laws properly made because I believe they express the sovereign will of our people. You see, I do not believe that Parliament is just form, and no substance. I have been elected to serve in this Parliament and will do what I can to help make it work for Singapore, make it a First World Parliament after our own fashion. As an opposition MP, I am not the enemy of the government, I am a Singaporean and a patriot.
I believe that our community will come out of robust debates stronger. Not just in Parliament but in larger society as well. Social cohesion will be strengthened when we give people, including our young people, room to voice their views and grievances and participate in community affairs. This is being recognized in households and at work places around us and is affecting how they are run. There is no reason not to learn from it. But we must start from a position of difference, not a forced unity.
How do we move forward from a position of difference?
A wise Singaporean wrote to me recently on Facebook, “the key is always to set our ‘devilish’ pride aside and for both parties to communicate.” He did not mean political parties, but any two parties in a position of difference. He goes on, “The aim is not to impose one’s view over the other but to find as much common ground as possible for the good of the common objective both parties have… And yes, I have always practised this in the office and with the wife…so far so good.”
How do we expand the areas of common ground to accommodate political differences? I believe it will be best done through strengthening institutions that are non-partisan and capable of commanding the respect and allegiance of all Singaporeans in spite of their political differences. The office of the Presidency, for example. President Tan clearly intends this. In his swearing in ceremony he said, “I will strive to strengthen our common bonds and our core values that underpin our society. …Whatever your political views,… I will strive to the best of my abilities to represent you.”
The government in the addenda to the President’s address said, “The building of friendship, understanding and trust amidst increasing diversity will be supported through organisations such as the People’s Association and grassroots platforms such as the Inter-racial and Religious Confidence Circles.” We welcome this.
Let us Singaporeans take our cue from the President. Look for what Singaporeans’ different visions have in common and take our next steps in these areas of common ground. Let us ask ourselves “is there more we could do?” I believe that it would always be possible to find common ground among Singaporeans, even if it might now take greater efforts on the part of those of us here in this House. But it is possible – they call politics “the art of the possible”.
HUMAN CAPITAL
Mr Speaker
In the addenda to the President’s address, the government announced its plans to, “significantly enhance the transport infrastructure, quality and opportunities in education, healthcare and housing”. We endorse the goal. And we will hold the government to it.
We believe that Singaporeans in recent years have been underserved by enhancements in these areas. We believe that most of these enhancements are best thought of, not just as increased expenditure, but as investments in the human capital of our country, with long term benefits to our society, such as the productivity increase that the government calls our “fundamental economic challenge”. Adam Smith wrote many years ago about investments in a person, such as by the acquisition of new talents, he wrote, “such acquisition of talents always costs a real expense, which is a capital realized in his person. [but] Those talents, as they make a part of his fortune, so do they likewise that of the society to which he belongs.”
Many economists have long regarded expenditures on education and healthcare as investments in human capital. They produce income and other useful outputs for the individual over long periods of time. They also produce external benefits for the rest of society. When growing disparity in wealth suggest that more and more households may not be able to make the investments that may be needed to give their children a place at the same starting line as their cohorts, it is even more appropriate for the government to increase public investments in the human capital of our young people.
This is one of the goals the government set in the addenda to the President’s address: “Through our investment in Education, we ensure that every child, regardless of family circumstances and background, has access to opportunities.” That access to opportunities has to be meaningful and available to everyone.
Similarly, for many expenditures we make outside the areas of education and healthcare, If we just take an expanded view of the returns from these investments, we will be able to see their long-term benefits.
Take elder care for example. Our investments in this area do not just benefit our elders alone. They enhance the productivity of working family members who worry about their care. They sustain and unlock the rich social and cultural capital embodied in our elders, which enhance the efficacy of our economic capital. More importantly, taking good care of our elders who built the nation is the right thing to do in the “fair and just society” that the President wishes for Singapore. It strengthens our sense of community. It is consistent with the values that we wish to impart to our children. These are all intangible but significant returns on our investments.
This is part of our nationhood: these are the bonds that will hold us together in times of trouble.
Our social harmony needs to be sustained and cultivated, carefully ministered. We must invest in these efforts.
“People are the real wealth of a nation”, declared the United Nations’ inaugural Human Development Report over twenty years ago. “People are the real wealth of a nation,” this is especially true for our nation. Let us put our people at the center of our government policies.
Let us invest in Singaporeans. Invest in the future of Singapore.
Significant investments cannot be made all at once. In addition to fiscal discipline, we would need to watch out for inflation, for effects on our currency and competitiveness. But the investments must be made. So we should start now and engage in a long term sustainable investment pattern for the good of our people.
CONCLUSION
Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister concludes in his National Day rally speech that “ours is an improbable nation”. I cannot agree more with his call for all Singaporeans to treasure and fight for our improbable nation.
I would like to add that an improbable nation will be made more probable for future Singaporeans by the politics of possibility.
Mr Speaker, sir, I support the motion. And now in Chinese.
在今年的两次选举之后,我们许多领导人都提到团结的重要。全国人民现在必须上下一心,步伐一致地向前迈进。
他们有人认为新加坡有政治分裂,不利於团结与将来发展。但是各位想想,这分裂是怎么造成的? 是因为社会出现了不同的声音,还是因为不能包容不同的声音才会造成分裂?
“政者正也, 子帅以正,孰敢不正”,“为政以德,譬如北辰,居其所而众星拱之”,“风行草偃”,这些都是孔子说的来形容好的执政者,意思就是,一个好的领导者,只要有 信心,有正确的方向,有好的道德与能力把政绩做出来,人民自然会乐意跟著他走。不需要害怕国家分裂,强调团结。
爱国的权利不是任何一个政党可以独占的。一个党再伟大也只是国家的一部分而已,不是国家全部啊!陈独秀说过,"党外无党,帝王思想。"在民主社会里,有不同的意见,不同的建议,是很自然的事情。这也是好事。
其实孔子三千年前就已说过,“君子和而不同”。和谐,可却不尽相同。晏婴说过:乐团只演奏一个音符,谁听得下去?白开水上再加白开水,谁喝得下去?一个和谐的社会,不只有一种声音。而是每个人很和平的在法律的範围内发表他的看法,从事政治活动。我们不必防民如防贼。
在中国历史上最伟大的贞观之治就不是一言堂式的全民团结,就是有喜欢諌言喜欢说真话不怕被唐太宗讨厌的魏徵,才有了贞观之治。
在这国会的任期里,希望明理的执政党可以做唐太宗,而我们来做魏徵,开出太平盛世,而不是一个执政者独断,而小人唯唯诺诺的世代。
我屡次与国外的人接触,大家似乎有一种感觉,觉得新加坡守成有馀但开创不足,似乎欠缺了那创新的能力。在这全球化的竞争下,我们国家不是应该培养出更多有主见、有创造力的新一代吗?
李前总理在演说中也说了他担忧我们年轻人,生活太过安逸。可见李前总理也想过这问题。真正完整的人格、独立的精神,是不可能在一个凡事听从独大的执 政党,凡事唯唯诺诺的环境下生成。我们要我们下一代有创新、有独立自主精神,就不能不在政治上、精神上给他一个自由竞争的环境。这要求及这深深的忧虑不安 其实是隐藏在许多新加坡人心中,在全球化激烈的竞争下,我们的竞争力难道只能靠执政党的完全控制来达成吗?
所以我们在野党是为了国家的好,才提出建言与批判,爱国不是执政党的专利,希望我们能在各自的岗位上演好自己的角色,这样我们的国家才能有活力、创造力的向前进步。
最後我要提醒执政党除了对自己有信心以外,对国人也要有信心。但我也要感谢执政党,把新加坡建设成一个成熟的法治社会,让我们在野党,可以在一个合法的基础上与执政党并存,竞争,为人民服务。
谢谢。


if you key in the Chinese text into google translate http://translate.google.com/ this is what happens. Enjoy! the blue text are my attempt to make the text more readable and understandable.

In this year's two elections, many of our leaders have mentioned the importance of unity. People across the country must now be united and consistent pace to move forward.They suggested that Singapore has a political division, is not conducive to unity and the future development. But you think about how this split is caused by? Because of the emergence of different voices, or because they can not accommodate a diversity of voices will to be divisive?"Politicians are also, to being handsome son, what am straight," and "government in Germany, such as North Star, home of their arch of stars," "popular grass Yan," When government is righteous, political leaders will be righteous, the citizens will naturally follow Confucius said, these are described as good those in power, means, a good leader, as long as confidence in the right direction, there are good ethical performance and ability to do it, people will naturally be willing to follow him. Without fear of national disintegration, emphasizing unity.Patriotism is not the right to be an exclusive right of any political party. No matter how A great party and then it remains only a small part of the country only, not all the countryies ah! Chen said, "no outside party, imperial ideology." In a democratic society, there are different views and different proposal is a very natural thing. This is a good thing.In fact, Confucius had three thousand years ago said, "Gentlemen and diversity." Harmony, can not the same. All man are the same. Yan Ying said: Orchestra played only one note, and who can bear continue to hear? Drinking water on top of water, who can continue to drink? A harmonious society, not only a voice. But each person is enabled peace within the scope of the law to publish his views, engage in political activities. We do not have anti-people such as Fangzei. to be on the guard against the citizens as if they are thieves.Greatest in the history of China's Golden Years is not one-man-style national unity, there is this statement like to  say the truth like Dong afraid of being hated Emperor Wei Zheng, only the Golden Years. to speak truthfully without fear of the wrath of the emperor, and the emperor supports officials to speak up freely, is the way to rule for more good years.In this term in Congress, hope the ruling party can hope to as do the sensible Emperor, and we do follow the lead the country Wei Zheng, out of peace and prosperity, rather than a dictatorial ruler, and the villain submissive generation.I have repeatedly into contacts with foreign countries, we seem to have a feeling that Singapore to continue status quo is competent  Conservatism to create a surplus, but less than, it seems to lack the ability to innovate. In this global competition, we should train more countries are not promote opinionated youths to have their own views and thus more likely to be innovative  assertive, creative generation of it? for the good of the nation?In his speech, former Prime Minister Lee also said he worried about our young people, life is too comfortable. See also former Prime Minister Lee thought about this problem. Truly complete personality, independent spirit, it is impossible to follow everything in a dominant ruling party, always submissive environment generation. We want our next generation innovative, independent spirit, it will have in the political, spiritual to give him a free competitive environment. This requires a deep thinking anxiety, and this fact is hidden in the hearts of many Singaporeans, in the fierce global competition, we do rely on the competitiveness of the ruling party to achieve full control of it?Therefore, we the opposition is good for the country, was put forward suggestions and criticism, patriotism is not the ruling party's patent, I hope we can put on a good job in their own roles, so that our country can be a dynamic, creative, forward progress .Finally, I want to remind the ruling party in addition to the self-confidence outside of the people have confidence. But I also like to thank the ruling party, the Singapore building into a mature rule of law, let the opposition parties in a legal ruling on the basis of the coexistence, competition, and serve the people.Thank you.


In closing, i want to say that i blog about this not because i am anti-Singapore, but it is precisely i am a Singapore that a choose to share my views for the betterment of our beloved improbably nation, a little more probable in the politics of possibilities (Chen, 2011).
:)

Other blogs:
http://alvinology.com/2011/10/19/chen-show-maos-maiden-speech-in-parliament-rocks/

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Software OGM post EJS is a hoax

Be warned! there is no such thing as a Serial or Crack for Easy Java Simulation.

Danger! be warn that Easy Java Simulation is a free and research grade authoring tool that does not need crack or serial number as indicated by this website Software OGM .

Software OGM post EJS is a hoax!
read about their attempt to mislead users here.
http://anti-ogm.org/science/easy-java-simulations-4-3-3-1-free.htm

a dangerous looking file with a *.exe extension should not be downloaded and run.

Easy Java Simulations, also known as EJS or Ejs

Easy Java Simulations authoring toolkit suited physics simulation
a couple of months back, Jul 19 2011 i received a Google Alerts for easy java simulation that was interesting that i wanted to share.

Softsea.com reviewed  Easy Java Simulations and gave it a 4/5 stars!
given that there are other good research grade tools for simulations but none gives the user that kind of control as to what complex simulation is possible, i would have given Easy Java Simulations a 5/5 stars.

http://www.softsea.com/review/Easy-Java-Simulations.html
i decided to add on to the review which is pretty much the same content as on Paco's wiki page, which i co-authored some of the content.

Easy Java Simulations, also known as EJS or Ejs, is a free authoring application written in Java that helps non-programmers create interactive simulations in Java, mainly for teaching or learning purposes.
A program tool (java code generator) designed for the creation of discrete computer simulations.
A discrete computer simulation, or simply a computer simulation, is a computer software that tries to reproduce, for pedagogical or scientific purposes, a natural phenomenon through the visualization of the different states that it can have. Each of these states is described by a set of variables that change in time due to the iteration of a given algorithm.
All this means that EJS is a software that helps you create other programs; more precisely, to create scientific simulations.
Running EJS on Windows or Mac OS and Linux ( yes, it was left out in the review by Softsea.com)
Simply double-click on the file EjsConsole.jar. Tips: Add a shortcut to your desktop. Windows explorer will often hide the extension ".jar".
Ejs Console has three tabs: Basic options, Advanced options, and Output area. You can minimize the console window, but it cannot be closed while EJS is running. However, if you check "Minimize the console" under Basic options, it will start minimized the next time that you launch EJS. But beware: Some error messages may appear in the Output area of the console. So check that tab, too, in the case that your own simulation would not launch as expected.

SoftSea.com had fully tested and uploaded the install files, Easy Java Simulations does not contain any adware or spyware, the latest version is 4.3.3.1, you can download this software (16.54 MB) from special server of SoftSea.com.

The license of this software is Free, you can free download and free use this application software.
from their server http://www.softsea.com/download.php?id=838440351
or from http://www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki/Main/Download
http://www.compadre.org/OSP/items/detail.cfm?ID=7305

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2012 AAPT Winter Abstract by lookang WM12 Theme: The Wave Nature of Light & Matter

 http://www.aapt.org/Conferences/wm2012/
http://www.aapt.org/Conferences/wm2012/

WM12 Theme: The Wave Nature of Light & Matter


WM12 Theme: The Wave Nature of Light & Matter 2012 Winter Meeting
Location: Ontario, California.
Date: Feb 4 - 8, 2012
Venue: Ontario Convention Center
Hotel: Doubletree Ontario
Pre-meeting workshops venue: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.


Location
The 2012 AAPT Winter meeting will be held in Ontario, California at the Ontario Convention Center, with the Doubletree Ontario serving as the main conference hotel. Pre-meeting workshops will take place at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Thank you for submitting an abstract for the upcoming AAPT Meeting.  Please check the AAPT website three months prior to the meeting for the scheduled date and time of your abstract.  Thank you.

Meeting: WM12

Session Type: Contributed
Session Name:  Teacher Training/Enhancement

Abstract Title: Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation using EJS part 2

Presenting Author: Loo Kang Lawrence  Wee
Institution/Company: Ministry of Education, Singapore
Address: Ministry Of Education (MOE) Building, 1 North Buona Vista Drive (S)138675
City: SG
State: SG
Zip: 138675 Country: Singapore
Phone: 65 92475573
Fax: 65 67758325
Email: weelookang@gmail.com

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Abstract Body: To deepen do-it-yourself (DIY) technology of 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.


Updated Accepted! http://aapt.org/Conferences/wm2012/sessionpanel.cfm?type=other
under the category of Computational and Online Tools for Teaching Physics.

  • Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using EJS Part 2

  • FC10
  • Wed 02/08, 9:30AM - 9:40AM
  • by Loo Kang Lawrence Wee
  • Type: Contributed
  • 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
http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?board=28.0

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
http://weelookang.blogspot.com/2010/07/physics-educators-as-designers-of.html

Conflicts: None



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Workshops that interest me


Final selection of Conference.

Total Registration
 Total Registration Fees$ 660.00
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 Balance Due$ 660.00
 Basic Registration Fees

Full Meeting Registration$ 345.00
Workshops
Saturday, Feb 4W09: Teaching & Learning Electromagnetism in Intro Phys1$ 95.00

W15: Ranking Tasks
W16: Teaching Physics Using NASCAR
1$ 75.00
Sunday, Feb 5W28: Modeling Amusement Pk Physics1$ 70.00

W32: Writing Apps for the IPhone and the IPad1$ 75.00
Special Events
Monday, Feb 6First Timers' Breakfast1--
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Monday, Feb 6 11:45 amExpert TA--
Tuesday, Feb 7 12:15 pmEngaging Your Physics Students Through Online Interactive Le

W09: Teaching & Learning Electromagnetism in Intro Phys

Date/Time

  • Sat, Feb 4
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Organizer

Jenaro Guisasola

Cost

  • Members: $95.00
  • Non-members: $120.00

Seats

  • Max: 35
  • Available: 35
Teaching and Learning Electromagnetism in Introductory Physics Courses - In the workshop it will discuss the impact of physics education research on electromagnetism in the educational designing and practice of physics teaching at university level. Two of presentations will present studies about students' difficulties of learning topics of electromagnetism such as electromotive force, electromagnetic induction or Faraday's law. It will present also a study about the problems of teaching Maxwell equations in relation to cognitive theories. Finally, a study on developing students' mathematics' techniques involving the meaning of the physics concepts will be discussed. Organizer: Jenaro Guisasola

W15: Ranking Tasks

Date/Time

  • Sat, Feb 4
  • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Organizer

Martha Lietz

Cost

  • Members: $75.00
  • Non-members: $100.00

Seats

  • Max: 24
  • Available: 24
Ranking tasks are different from traditional textbook problems and their design is based on findings from PER. Ranking tasks are wonderful for getting students to think conceptually about phenomena, rather than just plugging numbers into equations. They are great for class discussion, for homework and for assessments. Several have appeared on Advanced Placement Physics exams in recent years. In this workshop, we will provide an introduction to ranking tasks and provide some examples. We will also provide time for participants to create and share their own ranking tasks. And we will discuss how tasks can be modified for all levels of physics students, including conceptual high school physics through calculus-based introductory physics (and higher?). Special attention will be paid to ranking task use in high schools, but all are welcome.

W16: Teaching Physics Using NASCAR

Date/Time

  • Sat, Feb 4
  • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Organizer

Don Franklin

Cost

  • Members: $75.00
  • Non-members: $100.00

Seats

  • Max: 60
  • Available: 55




Description: Want to take Physics out of the textbook and into real life? This reality workshop will allow you to travel to a NASCAR track, dialog with an engineer, ride around the track in a van and sit in the pits while the cars are making laps around the track. For an additional fee, you can also ride in the passenger seat for four laps or drive the car on the track yourself for ten laps. Help the motor heads in your school see Physics in Action. Have them coming to class asking what part Physics played in how the car?s finish. Now you can teach for the moment! Transportation is included in the cost of this workshop, as well as a copy of textbook: Fast Car Physics. The van(s) will depart from the Ontario Convention Center.

W27: Implementation of Tutorials in Introductory Physics

Date/Time

  • Sun, Feb 5
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Organizer

Lillian McDermott

Cost

  • Members: $95.00
  • Non-members: $120.00

Seats

  • Max: 15
  • Available: 12
Implementation of Tutorials in Introductory Physics in Different Instructional Environments - Participants will work through an example of this research-based and research-validated curriculum.* They will also have the opportunity to learn from the experience of faculty who have used Tutorials at a wide range of institutions. The workshop will address implementation in large courses with single and multiple instructors and in small courses with a single instructor. The components that experience has shown are required for maximum effectiveness will be identified. The workshop will cover strategies for (1) coordinating tutorials with other course components, (2) recruiting and supporting tutorial instructors (e.g., graduate and undergraduate students), (3) securing ?buy-in? from faculty and students, and (4) assessing the impact on student learning. *Tutorials in Introductory Physics, First Ed., L.C. McDermott, P.S. Shaffer, and the PEG at the University of Washington, Prentice Hall (2002). Project supported by a series of NSF grants, including DUE 1022449

W28: Modeling Amusement Pk Physics

Date/Time

  • Sun, Feb 5
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Organizer

Wolfgang Christian

Co-Organizer(s)

Mario Belloni, Anne Cox

Cost

  • Members: $70.00
  • Non-members: $95.00

Seats

  • Max: 24
  • Available: 24
Modeling Amusement Park Physics with EJS Simulations and Tracker Video Analysis - How do physical laws affect amusement park ride design? Rides must be designed with physics and engineering tolerances in mind, but they also need to be exciting but not dangerous to the rider. Amusement park rides are rich in physics content and are an exciting context for learning physics and this workshop will use EJS computer models and Tracker video modeling to study physics them. These simulations can be used for computer demonstrations or as virtual laboratories in high-school and undergraduate courses, or serve as programming examples and tasks for computational physics with higher-level students. Participants of the workshop will receive a CD with these EJS simulations and Tracker video models; and these models are also in the OSP ComPADRE Collection at: http://www.compadre.org/osp/. Partial funding for this workshop was obtained through NSF grant DUE-0442581.

W32: Writing Apps for the IPhone and the IPad

Date/Time

  • Sun, Feb 5
  • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Organizer

Andrew Duffy

Cost

  • Members: $75.00
  • Non-members: $100.00

Seats

  • Max: 32
  • Available: 31
This workshop is a basic introduction to creating apps for the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad. No prior knowledge is assumed. We will cover the basics of drawing and animating; learn a little Objective-C; become familiar with the XCode environment in which apps are created on the Mac; and get an introduction to Interface Builder, where we lay out various buttons and sliders, etc. Workshop attendees should bring their own Mac computers, with Apple?s latest version of XCode already downloaded and installed. Xcode is available for $4.99 at the Mac App Store.

W31: ComPADRE

Date/Time

  • Sun, Feb 5
  • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Organizer

Bruce Mason

Cost

  • Members: $70.00
  • Non-members: $95.00

Seats

  • Max: 25
  • Available: 24
This workshop will provide an introduction to collecting, organizing, and sharing teaching resources through the ComPADRE community collections. We will help participants learn to find materials for their students and themselves and build a personalized reference library. There will be a focus on the unique content available in ComPADRE from interactive and customizable simulations to tutorials and assessments, although the topics and resource types covered will be tailored to the needs of the audience. The participants will also have a chance to browse some of the unique events and tools provided by the ComPADRE editors and staff. 


W36: Potpourri of Physics Simulations

Date/Time

  • Sun, Feb 5
  • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Organizer

Paul Williams

Co-Organizer(s)

Tom O'Kuma

Cost

  • Members: $75.00
  • Non-members: $100.00

Seats

  • Max: 24
  • Available: 24
A large number of simulations have become available over the last few years. This workshop will look at simulations from a consumer's point of view with a focus on effectively using simulations in the Physics classroom. A number of strategies for incorporating simulations into instruction such as free inquiry activities, guided inquiry activities, lab activities (including quantitative data acquisition), and conceptual exercises based on simulations will be explored. The workshop will focus on three packages of simulations/animations that are available for free on the web including PhET simulations, Physlet simulations, and simulations and animations from the MIT TEAL site. As part of the workshop, participants will design an activity which incorporates a simulation. Participants who wish to run the simulations from their own laptop are encouraged to bring their laptop to the workshop.


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Approval of overseas conference

1.         The American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting Conference: 2012 Winter Meeting (see details in Annex A) will be held in Ontario, California, USA Feb 04 – 08.

Objectives of trip

2.         It is proposed to send Wee Loo Kang to attend this conference as he has submitted a paper abstract "Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation using EJS part 2" which is pending acceptance. By attending this conference, Loo Kang will be able to keep abreast of the latest research and ideas on ICT-based pedagogies in Physics education. This will stand him in good stead to mentor teachers (e.g. Yishun Junior College, River Valley High, Anderson Junior College) and support his HQ colleagues (i.e. AST) & NIE colleagues in infusing and scaling innovative use of ICT within the science curriculum (see details in Annex B). This exposure will also enable Loo Kang to network with renowned Physics educators and academia in the United States and glean useful insights on the meaningful use of ICT for physics education.

3.         The estimated breakdown costs are as follows:

4.         Your approval is sought to release funds of $ X,XXX.XX from the Official Visit Overseas vote for this conference.




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Annex A

Dear Loo Kang Wee,
Thank you for registering for our meeting. Please note the below information about your registration:
WM12/CW01 - Expert TA
Thank you for your support of physics education.
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Date of Purchase: Dec 5 2011 7:59PM
Loo Kang Wee
Purchase Number: 29072
Payment method: Credit card (If your total below is 0, there is no charge)
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WM12/CW01MEETINGExpert TA1$0.00
WM12/CW02MEETINGEngaging Your Physics Students1$0.00
WM12/REGMEETINGFull Meeting Registration1$345.00
WM12/SPEC5MEETINGFirst Timers' Breakfast1$0.00
WM12/W09MEETINGW09: Teaching & Learning Elect1$95.00
WM12/W15MEETINGW15: Ranking Tasks
W16: Teaching Physics Using NASCAR
1$75.00
WM12/W28MEETINGW28: Modeling Amusement Pk Phy1$70.00
WM12/W32MEETINGW32: Writing Apps for the IPho1$75.00
Total:$660.00



Annex B


Teachers
Schools
Project(s)
Jimmy Goh (HODSC)
Sim Kai Suah
Leong Tze Kwang
Rizal abu Bakar
Koh Jong Meng
Engene Tan
Yishun Junior College

1.     Learning Physics of Projectile through Video Analysis and Modeling


Sim Kai Suah
Yishun Junior College

2.     Virtual Laboratory of Direct Current Electrical Motor Model

Jimmy Goh (HODSC)

Yishun Junior College

3.     Virtual Laboratory of Kepler's Third Law Solar System Model 

4.     Virtual Laboratory of Geostationary Satellite around Earth Model 

5.     Virtual Laboratory Gravitational Field & Potential of 2 Mass Model

6.     Virtual Laboratory Gravitational Field & Potential of Earth and Moon

Lee Tat Leong (HODICT)
Wong Jee Pheng
Sherwin Cheng (VP)
River Valley High School
Lee Tat Leong (HODICT)
Sherwin Cheng (VP)
Tan Ying Ling (SH)
River Valley High School

8.     Learning Physics of Sport Science through Video Analysis and Modeling


Darren Wong (NIE)
Sng Peng Poo (Senior T)
Ng Eng Hock
Anderson Junior College

9.     Learning with multiple representations: an example of a revision lesson in mechanics. Physics Education, 46(2), 178.

Charles Chew (Master T)
Tan KC (Addest Station CEO)
Raymond Tsoi (NIE)
Academy of Singapore Teachers
/
National Institute of Education

10.  Physics Subject Chapter

11.  Physics Handbook for Secondary Teaching

12.  Physics Task Force Committee for Ordinary and Advanced Level Physics

13.  Lesson exemplar on Blended Learning on Alternating Generator

14.  Lesson exemplar on Blended Learning on Kinematics of Bouncing Ball

 



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