Date : Wednesday, February 20, 2002
Time : 4:30 PM
Location: Willet Science Center Room 101

Professor JB Sharma
Department of Physics
Gainesville College

"Integrating Technology in The Physics Classroom"

Abstract: Technology in the physics classroom brings in a powerful new dimension to teaching and learning. It helps build bridges from the chalkboard to the actual experiential domain of the student. It can bring more interactivity in to the classroom and can help create learning by guided inquiry whereby students 'discover' physical law. It can help grade personalized homework on the web, measure the 'learning-state' of the students in real-time and help students strengthen scientific visualization by exploring simulations. This talk will get into a wide range of technologies for teaching/learning physics including real-time sensors, homework on the WWW, virtual classrooms, the wireless classroom intranet, and constructing simulations. In addition, the use of video-capture and GPS to analyse real-life motion in mechanics courses will also be discussed. Examples of curricula designed around the technology will also be presented.

Please join us for light refreshments at 4:15. We hope to see you there!