>Announcement: Next week John Burk (@occam98) will show us how he uses Tracker in his teaching. Wednesday 3/30/2011
Tonight was the second installment of the physics educators elluminate chat. This time we had 15 different people log in and join us. Here’s the recording of the bulk of the session.
Tonight we tried having a mini-presentation at the beginning (me talking about “momentum is king”) and then we chatted for about 20 minutes about issues around teaching momentum, force, and energy. The one sentence version of my take is that momentum is king, force keeps track of momentum swaps, and energy is a handy way of figuring out how much momentum an interaction can swap in total. We then group edited a google doc with our names and interests to try to facilitate the community building that we’re clearly all craving (why else would we be online late on a Wednesday night when, say, some of us are on spring break enjoying a fun stay at a hotel with 5 pools, ping pong, a basketball court, and where kids eat free!). Then we broke into a spontaneous discussion of Standards Based Grading (since, as one participant emailed me later, there were some serious heavy hitters in that department present).
Please think about joining in next week. We’ll stick with the same time (9:30pm EDT/8:30pm CDT) on Wednesday. We don’t have a theme for next week yet but I hope one will grow organically in the next few days (along with a possible presenter if that fits).
Here are the useful links again:
What’s in a name?
I’ve coined this phrase “Global Physics Department Meeting” and I’m not sure if it has legs. I guess I’m trying to capture the spirit of the meetings as people are enjoying sharing with each other.