Thursday, February 28, 2013

eduLab@AST workshop 1st Half of 2013

Wow! i have been mentioned in this email from eduLab about how i teach teacher how to fish :) COOL.

Wow! i have been mentioned in this email from eduLab about how i teach teacher how to fish :)

  1. Wee L.K, Lye S.Y. (2012, 5 November 1500-1700) Physics Easy Java Simulation Sharing by Inquiry (FOLLOW UP) for ALL teachers TRASI  code 70391-0002 (part 2/2) workshop eduLab@AST, Singapore
  2. Wee L.K, Lye S.Y. (2012, 30 October, 1500-1700) Physics Easy Java Simulation Sharing by Inquiry (BASIC) for ALL teachers TRASI code 70391-0001 (part 1/2) workshop eduLab@AST, Singapore



Dear Friends of eduLab,

Next term, we have lined up more exciting workshops and activities for your preview at eduLab@AST. As a Friend of eduLab, you have the first option to this exclusive preview on what's happening at eduLab@AST.
Sign up today via TRAISI using the course codes provided in the e-brochure here.

If you are unable to view the e-brochure, please click on this link.http://edulab.moe.edu.sg/edulab/slot/u110/edulab/html/flipbook/eduLab@ASTBrochure.html


Please visit our website at www.tinyurl.com/AST-eduLab for a detailed listing of all ICT-enriched workshops.
See you soon at eduLab@AST!
Best regards,
The eduLab@AST Team

Do join us again at
  1. Lye S.Y., Wee L.K. (2013, 30th April 1500-1730 ) Physics Easy Java Simulation for Primary School, TRASI  code 40922 workshop eduLab@AST, Singapore

Ejs Open Source Vertical Spring Mass Model Java Applet

Ejs Open Source Vertical Spring Mass Model Java Applet

Ejs Open Source Vertical Spring Mass Model Java Applet by lookang
reference:
http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=349.0 by prof hwang!

as requested here http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/2013/02/ict-tools-on-physics-invited-by-prof.html

version 28feb 2013 http://weelookang.blogspot.com/2013/02/ejs-open-source-vertical-spring-mass.html
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/44365627/lookangEJSS/export/ejs_model_verticalspringwee.jar
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/44365627/lookangEJSworkspace/export/ejs_verticalspringwee.jar licensed under creative commons attribution. author: lookang. i thank prof hwang fu-kwun for his model here http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=349.0. He is the one who teach me how to make simulations!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

how to teach kids to code using Easy Java Simulation!

Time to ponder how to teach kids to code using Easy Java Simulation!
i recommend mr lee tat leong as an exemplar teacher who experience in mentoring his students to build computer models ( learn by construction ) after which the students peer tutor through their simulation to each other to learn physics be considered.

this video captures the gaps that make great inventors on 'coding'.
http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/2013/02/how-to-teach-kids-to-code-using-easy.html

video by code.org What most schools don't teach

ICT tools on Physics invited by Prof Hew Khe Foon



Thanks to Prof Hew for the invitation to share!
ICT tools on Physics invited by Prof Hew Khe Foon, tracker modeling
Wee L.K. (2013, 27February 1230-1400 ) ICT tools on Physics invited by Prof Hew Khe Foon, NIE, Block 2, ECL 4 (NIE 2-02-05), Singapore

request:
This Jan 2013 semester I am teaching an ICT class of secondary student teachers who major mainly in Physics & Mathematics.


Physics:
  1. easy java simulation by Francisco Esquembre download: EJS_4.3.7_130218.zip
    1. for the purpose of hands-on perhaps we can browse and download the simulations here http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/p/physics-applets-virtual-lab.html 
    2. you can download all my simulations here
      https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6tphscl4rfos7wa/QmMHG3ctAb/lookangEJSworkspace/export
  2. As a student teacher ask for a vertical spring mass system
    here u go.
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/44365627/lookangEJSworkspace/export/ejs_verticalspringwee.jar licensed under creative commons attribution. author: lookang. i thank prof hwang fu-kwun for his model here http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=349.0. He is the one who teach me how to make simulations!
     
  3. tracker by Douglas Brown Download Tracker 4.751 installer for: Windows  Mac OS X Linux 32-bit Linux 64-bit
Youtube tutorial:



Journal Papers: findings about the effectiveness of these tools.

  1. Becoming Scientist
  2. Visualisation
  3. Interactive Engagement
over traditional pen paper lessons.


Journal Papers

  1. Wee L.K., Ning H.T. (201?) Vernier Caliper and Micrometer Computer Model using Easy Java Simulation XX(X), XXX (manuscript pending submission) 
  2. 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]
  3. 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
  4. Wee, L. K. (2012). One-dimensional collision carts computer model and its design ideas for productive experiential learning. Physics Education, 47(3): 301. http://www.compadre.org/osp/items/detail.cfm?ID=11802 [Draft PDF]arXiv:1204.4964 [pdf
  5. 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. http://www.compadre.org/OSP/items/detail.cfm?ID=10817 [Draft PDF] arXiv:1207.0217 [pdf]


Conference Presentations with Papers
  1. Wee, L. K., & Lye, S. Y. (2012). Designing Open Source Computer Models for Physics by Inquiry using Easy Java Simulation. Paper presented at the 20th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2012) Singapore Interactive Event, Singapore. http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1210/1210.3412.pdf arXiv:1210.3412 [pdf]
  2. Lye, S. Y., & Wee, L. K. (2012). Open Source Energy Simulation for Elementary School. Paper presented at the 20th International Conference on Computers in Education arXiv preprint arXiv:1211.7153, Singapore.http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.7153 arXiv:1211.7153 [pdf]
  3. Wee L.K., Lim A.P., Goh G.S. (2012, 01-06 July, 1300-1430) Computer Models Design for Teaching and Learning using Easy Java Simulation PS 02.09 | Parallel Session 02.09 | Room 09 | 02.07.2012 Monday | 13:00 - 14:30 | 2012 World Conference on Physics Education Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi, İstanbul, Turkey arXiv:1210.3410 [pdf]
  4. Wee, L. K. (2012, 08 February). Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation Using EJS Part 2. Paper presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting Conference: 2012 Winter Meeting, Ontario, California, USA. [PDF by OSP] [PPT] arXiv:1211.1118 [pdf]
  5. Wee L.K. Lee T.L. (2011) Video Analysis and Modeling Tool for Physics Education: A workshop for Redesigning Pedagogy at 4th Redesigning Pedagogy conference workshop on Video Analysis and Modeling for Physics Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore [PDF] to be available from NIE[PPT] arXiv:1207.0220 [pdf]
  6. Wee, L. K. (2010, 20 July). Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation using Easy Java Simulation. Paper presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers National Meeting Conference: 2010 Summer Meeting, Portland, Oregon, USA. [PPT] arXiv:1210.5002 [pdf]
  7. Wee, L. K., & Mak, W. K. (2009, 02 June). Leveraging on Easy Java Simulation tool and open source computer simulation library to create interactive digital media for mass customization of high school physics curriculum. Paper presented at the 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference, Singapore. [PDF] [DOC] [PPT] arXiv:1207.0219[pdf]
My lesson portfolio:

My future events:
http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/p/about-me-online.html


Mathematics:
  1. GeoGebra download: Windows Mac OS X Linux Unix XO - one laptop per child
Hands-on:

Maths Simulation
Word ProblemGeogebra Gradient of a Line Segment
Linear Equation
Geogebra Triangle
Geogebra Triangle for Equilateral Triangle & Isosceles Triangle
Geogebra 3 types of triangles side by side by Thong
GeoGebra on General 4 sided figures, Square, rectangle, rhombus, parallelogram, trapezium by Thong
GeoGebra on Properties of Angles in a straight line, Angles at a point, Vertically opposite angles by Thong
Quadratic Equation with Discriminant Roots
GeoGebra Maths by Vincent Lew Dunman Sec


Photo Gallery:
in the beginning, using network drive in NIW stcommons to share the files with the lap computers

ICT tools on Physics invited by Prof Hew Khe Foon

ICT tools on Physics invited by Prof Hew Khe Foon

ICT tools on Physics invited by Prof Hew Khe Foon, tracker in the projector screen

ICT tools on Physics invited by Prof Hew Khe Foon, tracker modeling

ICT tools on Physics invited by Prof Hew Khe Foon, tracker modeling




Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Minutes for 7th Java Sims meeting

Minutes for 7th Java Sims meeting
taker: zhiye.
Minutes for 7th Java Sims meeting

Venue: AJC
Date: 22 Feb 2013
Time: 1500 – 1700


1. MOE ExcelFest 2013
1.1 Booth Layout
• Fascia board will include the names of all schools, with each name separated by a hyphen.
ie: River Valley High School – Yishun JC – Anderson JC – Innova JC – Serangoon JC – MOEHQ-ETD
• Each booth will be given 1 table, 2 chairs, 3 power points and 3 spotlight. There is a need to rent:
✔ 2 tables for STP and demo set respectively
✔ 1 chair
✔ 2 spotlights (a total of 5 spotlights is needed for the 5 wall posters, no spotlight for poster on stand)

Information on and cost of rental on F5 and F6. Submit the 2 forms by 8 March 2013. Late submission will result in a 30% late charge.
• At each point in time, there will be around 3-4 people at the booth.
• The location of the booth will be informed by MOE.


1.2 Poster issues
• Poster size is 519x845.
• Every poster must have a title at the top, ie: Open Source Physics @ school name
ie: 

  1. Open Source Physics @ River Valley High School 
  2. Open Source Physics @ Yishun JC 
  3. Open Source Physics @ Anderson JC
  4. Open Source Physics @ Innova JC
  5. Open Source Physics @ Serangoon JC 
  6. Open Source Physics @ MOEHQ-ETD
• Each poster should have 3 columns of text, accompanied by a subtitle. Each column of text should be at most 150 words. For the poster to be reader-friendly, it is recommended that the number of words for each column be kept around 100 words and that the text be in point form. However, if necessary, complete sentences should be given to ensure the points are self-explanatory.

• The font size is standardized across all posters. However, is the word is too little, the designer may increase the font size a little. There is no need to balance out the number of words for each column of text.
• Each column of text should also be accompanied by at least 1 photo. Do not give too many photos as it may lose the focus of the poster. It is recommended that the photo matches the text in each column. If there is no matching photo for text, the photo can be replaced by a bubble (with subtitle of the text in it).
• Layout is only necessary if there is more than 1 photo for a column of text. The purpose of the layout is to show which photos go with which text. If there is only 1 photo for each column of text, no layout needs to be submitted.
• The photos and text for the posters should be emailed individually by each school to Brian (dongseok.song@sg.pico.com) by Thursday, 28 February 2013. Note that the file should be small (ie smaller than 20MB).

A. ETD
✔ 1 photo for each column of text, hence no layout need to be submitted.
✔ Horizontal layout
details here
http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/2013/02/excel-fest-booth-concept-etd-for-java.html

B. AJC
✔ Did 2 projects but the 3 photos submitted match the first project more.
✔ Hence, the tentative layout will be only 2 columns, each of which for one project, accompanied by 3 photos. (Layout to be confirmed by Jamie)
✔ Vertical layout following the template.


C. RVHS
✔ Did 3 projects, hence there will be 1 column for each project, accompanied by 1 photo each
✔ A QR code will be included. The position of the code will be decided by the designers.
✔ Vertical layout

D. IJC
✔ Did 2 projects, but in the 3 photos submitted, 2 are geared towards Ripple Tank project and only 1 is suited for the Collision Cart project. There is no photo for 'Challenge'.
✔ Hence the suggested layout will be:
➢ 1 photo on student using the simulation for 'Challenge'
➢ 1 snapshot of Ripple Tank simulation for 'Approach and Solution'
➢ 1 photo for Collision Cart
✔ Increase the number of words for 'Challenge'
✔ Horizontal layout


E. YJC (absent for this meeting with apologies)
✔ The final layout will be only 3 photos for 3 columns (omit the last photo because it is too small)
✔ Horizontal layout


F. SRJC (absent for this meeting with apologies)
✔ Recommended layout is horizontal.


1.3 Interactive Activity
• A real physical set (ie: Falling magnet) will be set up at the booth to engage the viewers.
• The apparatus (including a portable data logger) for the demo will be provided by AJC. 
• The viewers will be invited to play with both the demo set and the simulation. This will enable them to make comparisons between the two and thus see the advantages (eg: greater control) of using the simulations in teaching or learning Physics as opposed to physical experiments. This will in turn emphasize the use of Java simulations to complement real equipments in Physics education.

2. Visit by Prof. Hwang
• Ticket for Prof Hwang had already been book.
Ai Phing to check if the hotel has airport transfer. Alternatively, we can arrange transport service with the airport.
• The workshop by Prof Hwang will be conducted on 22 March 2013. The medium for publicity includes the NIE network and email notifications by team members to Physics teachers.

2.5. Some new design model and worksheets available on dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zwqt3vec6l864em/KMOSi2x6AT
sharing details by lookang.



3. Next Meeting
• Venue: RVHS
• Date: 22 march 2013
• Time: 1500 – 1700

Monday, February 25, 2013

RVHS research design for scaling up Magnet and Solenoid Model

update:26 feb 2013
lookang, thanks to ai phing for sharing on my blog

after an lesson observation,
improvements include:
version 25Feb 2013 http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/2013/01/rvhs-research-design-for-scaling-up.html
memory enabled in graph plots for comparison and forces are corrected! https://dl.dropbox.com/u/44365627/lookangEJSworkspace/export/ejs_FallingMagnet10memory.jar
authors: Paco, lookang and szeyee


  1. bug fix for forces now correctly reflect the timing of the repulsive and attractive forces between coil and magnet.
  2. added 5 memory to graph plots when use of initialize button and keying in new starting position 
  3. teaching point reflection include  
    1. use of the B field visualization when student learn about flux change
    2. data-logger sensor circuit should be a closed circuit of infinity resistance instead of open circuit analogue 
    3. use of modelling instruction to anchor the pedagogy instead of single case scenario based 
download: 
for EJS 4.3.0 version which is reported to work in RVHS school laptop. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/44365627/lookangEJSworkspace/export/ejs_FallingMagnet10memory4.3.0.jar




update: 18 feb 2013
worksheet by ai phing. nice!




Add caption
RVHS scaling up Magnet and Solenoid Model 2013
Download computer Model:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/44365627/lookangEJSworkspace/export/ejs_FallingMagnet08ejs4.3.jar used this as school laptop and java version tested to work.
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/44365627/lookangEJSworkspace/export/ejs_FallingMagnet08.jar where coilLength = null so it remembers new values
previous versions:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/aagv2rv9kzo8ai4/jWkZQWG_ZO/CustomizedJavaSimulation/ejs_FallingMagnetWithFieldLines06.jar

Research Questions (to be refined further?)

1. What are the design features (eg. suitable user interface and design layout, abstract concepts programmed into the model, kinds of representations that support learning, assessment for learning features) of the customized java applet (Magnet and Solenoid Model) that aid students in understanding better the concepts of EMI and motivate students to want to explore?

2. What are the inquiry learning principles (eg. level of challenging tasks, level of teacher facilitation (example: strong teacher demo of how to use the simulation, instructional video to be available in e-learning lessons, how to blend real equipment into computer model inquiry,  types of questions to promote thinking, making worksheets (can Google form improve peer-instruction and feedback) and computer model available for flipped classroom) that can improve students’ understanding of abstract Physics concepts? 


Older RQs:
  1. Customized java applet (Falling Magnet) would aid students in understanding better the concepts of EMI. 
  2. Customized java applet (Falling Magnet) would motivate students to want to explore further.

Week 3 – Discussion, check apparatus for real lab, book data logging rm for virtual lab ( i strongly recommend as understood from other research that a blend of real and virtual can help student bridge the real to the virtual, to see what they inquiry in the computer model to real world). I strongly advise avoiding comparison research of real equipment versus virtual computer models as we need to focus on designing BEST possible learning.)

Week 4 – Look through the java applet, discuss the worksheet, set test questions (test questions need to be able to be simulated on the simulations, please finer customize the simulation) , set affective survey questions

Week 5 – Print test papers, confirm logistics

Week 6 – Conduct pre-test, select classes for real/virtual labs 
my suggestion:
  • traditional (perhaps teacher demo with real ? 1 class per teacher),
  • experimental (perhaps teacher demo with real plus student directed computer model inquiry? 2 or more class per teacher)

Week 7 – Conduct lab, conduct affective survey

Week 8 – Conduct post-test (same as pre-test, change order)
Week 8 – Conduct research lesson, discuss improvements to worksheet, conduct improved lesson, conduct affective survey
week 8 25 feb Mon 1230 - 1400 h 6H - research lesson data logging room Block D (near Science pond) Level 3
lesson study at data logging room at river valley high

lesson on falling magnet EJS computer model at data logging room at river valley high

 positive and negative area of the emf versus time graph induced in the solenoid is the change in magnetic flux it experienced, and because the magnetic bar is a uniform source of magnetic flux, the positive area is equal in magnitude to the negative area as the magnetic flux as the magnet bar enters the solenoid is equal in magnitude and opposite sign to that when the bar exits the solenoid. 

group work in 4's

like scientist, inquiry on the computer model

teacher facilitation is key to learning

lookang, thanks to ai phing for sharing on my blog

teacher explicit explanation is needed boot strap the learning

like scientist, inquiry on the computer model


lookang facilitating a discussion




week 8 27 feb Wed 0830 - 0930 h - discuss lesson, make improvements
more improvement
improved version that can show up to 10 runs, but color of past runs in always BLUE.
thanks to aiphing for the feedback
Yesterday during meeting, we tried out the improved version, and we realised when we tried out scenario C, the first graph will disappear after we reversed back the polarity. So we can only save up to 2 versions. but sometimes we could do more comparisons. dunno what causes the disappearances of earlier graphs. So the teacher will use run versions A vs B, A vs C, A vs D in rounding up discussions




week 8 29 feb Fri 1400 - 1530 h 6L - improved research lesson


Week 9 – Results analysis











Thursday, February 21, 2013

TRASI code: 40860: workshops on Easy Java Simulation March 2013 @AST

Update 15 January 2013

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation
Title: Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation
TRASI code: 40860. https://traisi.moe.gov.sg/
Date: 21/02/2013
Time:14:30 - 17:30
Venue: 2 Malan Road, Academy of Singapore Teachers,Block B, Level 4, IT Room 3
download and run: http://www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki/uploads/Download/EJS_4.3.7_130115.zip
Pre Installation: assume you have Java else use this link http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp
Installation: Java 3D 1.5.1 2.95 MB  java3d-1_5_1-windows-i586.exe may require downloading from their website due to license agreement. http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javasebusiness/downloads/java-archive-downloads-java-client-419417.html#java3d-1.5.1-oth-JPR
Worksheet:Modeling Science Textbook Chapter 2: Introduction to Easy Java Simulations written by Wolfgang Christian and Francisco Esquembre download 972kb .pdf
Paper for discussions: 
[1] arXiv:1212.3863 [pdf]Geostationary Earth Orbit Satellite Model using Easy Java Simulation by Loo Kang Wee, Giam Hwee Goh
[11] arXiv:1204.4964 [pdf] One-dimensional collision carts computer model and its design ideas for productive experiential learning by Loo Kang Wee
complete list of papers here http://arxiv.org/a/wee_l_1
 
Instructors: WEE_Loo_Kang@moe.gov.sg , lee_tat_leong@moe.edu.sg , LYE_Sze_Yee@moe.gov.sg
Facilitator: TEO_Chai_Yaw@moe.gov.sg
Participants:
  1. chong_phow_loong@moe.edu.sg       Innova JC
  2. ong_shui_ying@moe.edu.sg               Innova JC
  3. yeu_chee_wee_thomas@moe.edu.sg   Meridian JC
  4. ho_san_san@moe.edu.sg                    National JC
  5. sandar_felicity_lim@moe.edu.sg          National JC
  6. tan_peng_hui_samuel@moe.edu.sg
  7. goh_yinglun_allan@moe.edu.sg 
  8. lo_chee_wai@moe.edu.sg                   Queensway Sec
  9. lim_yuan_sheng@moe.edu.sg              Springfield Sec
  10. li_jiaxuan@moe.edu.sg                        Zhonghua Sec
TRASI code: 40860: Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation
TRASI code: 40860: Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation
Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation
Overview:
Objective:
(1) download, launch and navigate the authoring toolkit to start designing simple physics model such as fall body and spring mass system;

(2) able to download open source codes in authoring toolkit from Digital Libraries, Open source Physics website and NTNU Java Virtual Lab; and

(3) publish their own computer model in NTNU Java Virtual Lab.

Content:
The Open Source Physics community using Easy Java Simulation (Esquembre, 2004) has created hundreds of computer models (simulations) that could be customized (Wee & Mak, 2009) to the Singapore syllabus for more targeted productive activities.

The facilitators will share the basics of using the free authoring toolkit called “Easy Java Simulation” with the aim of scaling up teacher-leadership in customizing the hundreds of free open sourced computer models.

The facilitators argue that computer models are appropriate laboratory environments that can provide the experience and context for learning. This is essential for deepening student’s conceptual understanding of Physics through student centered guided inquiry approach supported by social discourse.


Target Audience:
Level:
Physics Teachers
Secondary

SDF:
DG:
$ 0

Pre-Requisite:


Date & Venue:
Begin Date/time:
End Date/time:
Application Closing Date:
Venue:
21/02/2013 14:30 - 17:30
21/02/2013 14:30 - 17:30
20/01/2013
2 Malan Road, Academy of Singapore Teachers, IT Room 3
Frequency:
half day

Course Administrator:
Organising Agency:
Name:    Salimah Noorja Eusof
Professional Development,The Academy,MOE
Phone:    65091757
Email:    Salimah_Noorja_Eusof@vital.gov.sg

Trainer:
Training Agency:
Wee Loo Kang,Lee Tat Leong,Lye Sze Yee
Ed Tech Division(ETD)

Assessment Mode:


No. of Applications:
Max. Class Size:
0
30

Update 05 November 2012
Accepted!
Accepted! Confirmation of successful application to present & facilitate Teacher-led Workshops 2013
workshops on Easy Java Simulations!
Easy Java Simulation authoring toolkit
https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1jEqsT6hzhEnyLZep02ErGNroUdNzzRkMK0sAY_swrZ8
Name of
Main Facilitator


Wee Loo Kang
School
Ed Tech Division (ETD)
Name(s) of
Co-Facilitators
Lee Tat Leong
School
River Valley High Sch
Lye Sze Yee
School
Ed Tech Division (ETD)
Title of Workshop
Designing Computer Models for Physics by Inquiry using Easy Java Simulation
Subject
Physics

Title: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry using EasyJavaSimulation
Workshop Synopsis:
The Open Source Physics community using Easy Java Simulation (Esquembre, 2004) has created hundreds of computer models (simulations) that could be finer customized (Wee & Mak, 2009) to the Singapore syllabus for more targeted productive activities.
We will share the basics of using the free authoring toolkit called “Easy Java Simulation” with the aim of scaling up teacher-leadership in customizing the hundreds of free open sourced computer models.
We argue that computer models are appropriate laboratory environments that can provide the experience and context, essential for deepening student’s conceptual understanding of Physics through student centered guided inquiry approach supported by social discourse.
Our work include:
  • eduLab project: NRF2011-EDU001-EL001 Java Simulation Design for Teaching and Learning
  • 2012 MOE Innergy (HQ) GOLD Award “Gravity-Physics by Inquiry”.
Workshop Objectives:
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to :
  1. download, launch and able to navigate the authoring toolkit to start designing simple physics model such as fall body and spring mass system.
  2. able to download open source codes in authoring toolkit from Digital Libraries, Open source Physics website and NTNU Java Virtual Lab.
  3. publish their own computer model in NTNU Java Virtual Lab
Theoretical underpinnings/Literature Review of pedagogical approaches/strategies/ skills adopted
 Theory:
Experiential learning (Dewey, 1958; Kolb, 1984) with computer model (Wolfgang Christian, Esquembre, & Barbato, 2011; Wee, 2012b)
Literature include:
•    Open Source Physics OSP research:(M. Belloni, Christian, & Brown, 2007; Mario Belloni, Christian, & Mason, 2009; Brown & Christian, 2011; W. Christian, Belloni, & Brown, 2006; Wolfgang Christian, et al., 2011; Wolfgang Christian & Tobochnik, 2010; Esquembre, 2004; Hwang & Esquembre, 2003; Wee, 2010, 2012a; Wee, Esquembre, & Lye, 2012; Wee & Mak, 2009)
•    Physics Education Technology PhET research:(W. K. Adams, 2010; Wendy K. Adams, Paulson, & Wieman, 2008; Finkelstein et al., 2005; K. Perkins et al., 2006; K. K. Perkins, Loeblein, & Dessau, 2010; PhET, 2011; Weiman & Perkins, 2005; C. E. Wieman, Adams, Loeblein, & Perkins, 2010; Carl E. Wieman, Adams, & Perkins, 2008; Carl E. Wieman, Perkins, & Adams, 2008)
Strategy include :
•    Physics by Inquiry (McDermott, Shaffer, & Rosenquist, 1995; MOE, 2012; Wee, Lee, & Goh, 2011)
•    Modeling Instruction (Jackson, Dukerich, & Hestenes, 2008)
Evidence of impact on student learning 
In my paper (Wee, 2012b, p. 306), evidence on student learning includes:
(1) Active learning can be fun
‘. . . [It] is an eye opener . . . [we] do not usually get to learn with virtual learning environment . . . and it makes learning fun and interesting’.
‘The lesson was fun and makes us think instead of just listen[ing] to teacher and remember[ing] whatever the teacher said’.
‘It makes learning much more interesting and fun. It makes us want to learn and find out
more about the topic’.
(2) Need experience to understand
‘. . . It [this lab] lets me figure out the concepts rather than just listen[ing] and believing what is taught without understanding’.
‘Normally people would have to experience any physics concepts themselves hands [-] on to really remember concepts. Lectures on the other hand may not be effective since maybe what the lecturer is bringing through us is unclear, and thus practical lessons to learn concepts is a great learning deal’.
(3) Simulation can support inquiry learning and thinking like real scientists
‘These kinds of lesson force us to think critically. It makes us look at the results, analyse and then find the trend within, which is a really good way to learn independently. It also gives us confidence and a sense of accomplishment when the conclusions we arrive at are correct.’
‘Such vlab [virtual lab] lesson effectively utilizes the IT resources to enhance lessons, making physics lessons less dry. Besides, by identifying trends in values first hand, I can remember it easier rather than via lecture notes and slides’.
(4) Need for strong inquiry learning activities
‘The activity worksheet did not generate much thinking and concept understanding, just simply presents a set of values to copy to get the answers’.
‘It [virtual lab] helps hasten the process of learning but the exchange of data [in the worksheet activities] is troublesome’.
(5) Need for testing and well-designed simulation [7]
Some students suggest visual and audio enhancements such as ‘better quality so that the simulations could be more interesting and appealing’ and ‘add sound effects’.
A good suggestion that surfaced is to make the ‘program [simulation] designed as a game, thereby making it more interactive. At the end a table can be provided and it would
provide us [students] with the values. From there, we do analysis’.
This suggestion inspired us to design ‘Game for concept testing’ described earlier.
(6) Appreciative learners
‘I [student] really thank you for spending time coming up with this program. You are really an educator who cares and dares to try new things. Thanks! Hope you can come up with even better programs so that they can empower students in physics subject.’
‘Thank you teachers for spending time to develop this app.’
 Workshop has also been conducted at the following platform(s)
1 Physics Subject Chapter (17August 2012) Brown Bag Series for Senior and Lead Teachers
2 EduLab workshop scheduled 4Q 2012 eduLab@AST
 Target Audience
 Physics Teachers in Primary, Secondary and JC/CI_________________
 Mode of Delivery
 Presentation with hands-on activities
 Venue
 IT Training Room (one computer for each participant)
 Installation of Software
 Yes (please specify):_Java Runtime and Java 3D.
Download the authoring toolkit here http://www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki/Main/Download choose the latest version
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teacher-led workshop

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Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

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Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

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Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation

Teacher-led Workshop: Designing Computer Models for Physics Inquiry Using Easy Java Simulation