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I'm pleased anyway

Monday 1 February 2016

It's nothing like the graphic that I posted yesterday but I'm quite proud of it. Making simulations in GeoGebra has... more

One day we'll be doing this

Monday 1 February 2016

And I thought my GeoGebra and Algodoo animations were good. Take a look at the original here: more

The best teacher I never had

Friday 29 January 2016

I'm with Bill on this one.Gates notes more

Subscriber comments

  • 3 Feb Chris Hamper
    The investigation
    Hi Mohammed; Sounds perfect.
  • 3 Feb Mohammed Matooq
    The investigation
    As an IA in physics
  • 3 Feb Mohammed Matooq
    The investigation
    Hi Chris What about '' measuring the diameter of a human hair by laser diffraction''?
  • 2 Feb Chris Hamper
    Reflections on active learning
    Hi Stephen; Pity about your IT problems. I'd be stuffed without Geogabra and Algodoo. On the positive side, maybe it's easier to interact with the students when they aren't locked into a computer screen :-)
  • 1 Feb Stephen Wood
    Reflections on active learning
    Hi Chris, just read this. I took a similar decision a few years ago as I regularly heard my colleagues complain about how they had to 'entertain' students to get their attention and also saw the bored faces of students during classes. I decided...
  • Hello Chris, OK, that was what I was hoping to read. I just looked at the activity pages for the first time and read your reflections on teaching. Thanks, Stephen
  • Hi Gisha; No, not if its not appropriate. Good idea to have some sort of graph but it could be a curve. The TSM example on the greenhouse effect has no linearised graphs and scores very well.
  • 1 Feb Gisha C Mathew
    Jelly investigation with comments
    Hello Chris, In exploration, is it compulsory that the final graph needs to be linearised?
  • 30 Jan Byron Farrow
    The best teacher I never had
    I love this from Feynman - reminiscing about his time at Los Alamos:
  • 30 Jan Byron Farrow
    Start with the misconception
    I'm not sure that they can be. Fundamentally any explanation of what is "really" happening at a quantum level must be mathematical. However, I believe that (a) even in primary school we can teach the concept of a scientific model, and then...
  • 29 Jan Chris Hamper
    Start with the misconception
    It's an interesting discussion. The problem is that the misconceptions are built into the way physics education works. An atom is like a small elastic ball, an electron is a particle (also like a small ball), electrons orbit the nucleus. We...
  • 29 Jan Byron Farrow
    Start with the misconception
    And here's a MinutePhysics compilation based on the same concept: I remember my Dad (who never went to university, but had read a book or two (thousand)) telling me exactly this - that as you learn science every year starts with learning...


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