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2012 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

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Modern Digital Devices to Enhance Classroom Discourse in High School Physics: Lessons Learned From Augmentations to Arizona State University Modeling Instruction

ASU modeling method of high school physics instruction is an example of a guided-inquiry curriculum that promotes student construction of physics and mathematics models. Central to this approach is student-led discourse at specially chosen points within the instructional cycle. In particular, the discourse—meant to illuminate incorrect understandings—is facilitated with the use of individual dry-erase whiteboards on which students display their responses. The class’s written answers serve as the fodder for the interchange of ideas among the students and instructor. By nature, what convenience the whiteboard brings for rapid reuse, it does not lend itself necessarily to a permanent visual record. To enhance the instructional value of modeling instruction discourse, the author proposes a method that makes it possible for students to review classmates’ ideas from previous discussions. In this poster, she describes how the physics teacher can make use of digital cameras and tablet computers to meet this end.

Presenter: Meg Helmes (SUNY College at Buffalo) -- helmmr68@mail.buffalostate.edu
Topic: Education - Poster Session
Location: Edwards Hall Lobby
Time: 9 am (Session I)