to cite them, i used Endnote to import the entry from
Christian, W., Esquembre, F., & Barbato, L. (2011). Open Source Physics. Science, 334(6059), 1077-1078. doi: 10.1126/science.1196984
Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) Winners
- 25 November 2011:
Open Source Physics
- Wolfgang Christian, Francisco Esquembre, and Lyle Barbato
Scientists routinely use computer modeling and computation in innovative research, including predicting the nature of He4 at extremely low temperatures and the impact of human activity on climate. Why does computer-based modeling remain absent from many educational programs?
This is a great paragraph to set the stage for the work done OSP. Computer-based modeling remain absent from many educational programs probably due to a lack of deep technological, pedagogical and content knowledge TPCK teachers in the secondary and junior college setting. Universities perhaps may have an easily time since professors are more likely to be deep in these TPCK. In addition, educational setting traditionally emphasize on information transmission to students, this old practice has made it way into the schools and is going to be extreme difficult to change as Ohm's put it " the path of less resistance" , an analog to current flow in electric circuits.
The Open Source Physics (OSP) project, www.compadre.org/osp/, seeks to enhance computational physics education by providing a central Web site containing computer modeling tools, simulations, curricular resources such as lesson plans, and a computational physics textbook that explains the pedagogic simulations' algorithms (1). Our resources are based on small single-concept simulations packaged with source codes that can be examined, modified, recompiled, and freely redistributed to teach fundamental computational skills. Students at all levels will benefit from these interactive simulations by learning to question and assess the simulation's assumptions and output.
This is a great paragraph, presenting a balance view of learning as doing, as inquiry in various levels of the 5e learning cycle - engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate. The strength i feel is in the constructionism assessment feedback, being able to change the codes and observe the changes in the model makes the 5e a more formidable learning cycle, in the presence of communicating in logically syntax of Java.
Students who learn physics concepts via static pictures may be led to construct incomplete or incorrect mental models that hamper their understanding of physical concepts. Our ready-to-run simulations and tools for developing new simulations help students visualize situation and better understand abstract concepts through a research-proven pedagogical process called the Learning Cycle (2, 3).My thoughts:
I would say it is research-validated instead of "research-proven" , since the process of science is a series of agreement among people backed by data in the world, and models of the world changes with the unearthing of newer evidences and stronger or conflicting evidence-data and thus a newer model of understanding in required and proposed.
I learn i must use Learning Cycle like in my research, it looks complete with sound strategy.
|Table 1. Modeling Cycle Example: The Constant Velocity Model by Jane Jackson, Larry Dukerich, David Hestenes http://www.ridleysd.k12.pa.us/cms/lib2/PA01001042/Centricity/Domain/35/ModInstrArticle_NSELAspr08.pdf|
Computational modeling tools allow students to understand a model and its computational programming rather than working on creating its user interface. Paraphrasing Richard Feynman, we have learned that if we cannot reduce a model to an algorithm, we do not completely understand it.
My sentiments is exactly the same! indeed my physics understanding has evolved more deeply because of the computer models I help to remix. you are going to learn a lot more than just physics, logical thinking, debugging skills, communicating skills (if you ask for help online forums), the question of just teach physics is not likely to happen with using Easy Java Simulation, YOU Learn a great deed more, like in real life.
Schooling will need to be redefined for Easy Java Simulation to take roots in schools for students to be designers of computers models, i feel.
check out my digital library remixed here