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Minds On Physics Teacher App

We have some great news! At least we think it’s great … because it’s a milestone for us. We have recently completed work on our first Windows app. It’s an app for teachers only and it’s been a long time in the making. It is the Minds On Physics Teacher App. The app provides teacher users of our Minds On Physics program an opportunity to easily view all the questions in the program, customize missions by removing 1-2 question group from the mission, adding classes and setting up and managing rosters, and quickly validating the success codes submitted by students. We are currently working on a manual that will be posted on our website. We have applied for a security certificate that allows the app to be opened easily on a Windows system without scary security warnings. And we are attempting to create an installer that makes the installation process easy. We suspect that all of the work will be complete in two weeks and we can begin distributing the app near the end of this month.

The app will be free of charge to all teachers who have an active Minds On Physics Teacher Account. Any teacher who purchased an account during the 2015-16 school year (or more recently) can receive the account upon request (once available). Don’t have a Teacher Account but interested in using the Minds On Physics program? Learn about the details on our website at …

https://www.physicsclassroom.com/MOP-the-App
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What Can a Student Do at The Physics Classroom?

Need help in Physics? Turn to The Physics Classroom. There's much to learn and many ways to learn it. This flyer describes a few of those ways. Why not take a tour of the site today at

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Teachers are invited to print the flyer and display it in their classrooms. Teachers and students are encouraged to share the graphic with their classes, their friends, and their fellow students.
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NEW at The Physics Classroom: Forces in Circles Concept Builder

The Forces in Circles Concept Builder provides learners with the challenge of identifying the free-body diagrams for situations involving the motion of objects in circles. Learners are presented with a short verbal description of an object's motion. They toggle through a set of free-body diagrams until they find the one that they think is the matching diagram for the description. There are 12 different situations to analyze and three levels of difficulty. Question-specific help is provided for each of the 12 situations. The built-in score-keeping makes this Concept Builder a perfect candidate for a classroom activity.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Concept-Builders/Circular-and-Satellite-Motion/Forces-In-Circles
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Great Combos - Position-Velocity-Acceleration

We find that teachers of physics, especially those who are new to the craft, need some help. That doesn't surprise us; we did (and still do) need help. We all need trusted resources that we can use to help plan and deliver engaging and effective lessons. And that's where we come in - providing high-quality, easy-to-understand, and ready-to-use resources. So over the next few months we will feature some Great Combos - collections of 2, 3, or 4 resources on a specific topic that will go to great lengths in helping teachers plan and deliver lessons. Here are three resources that form a Great Combo for teaching about the concepts of position, velocity, and acceleration:

Curriculum Corner - Kinematics Section
There are numerous resources at The Curriculum Corner section of our website that get students thinking and serve to incrementally develop a topic. You will find Think Sheets titled: Describing Motion Verbally with Distance and Displacement, Describing Motion Verbally with Speed and Velocity, Acceleration, Describing Motion with Diagrams, and Describing Motion Numerically.
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/curriculum/1Dkin

Concept Builders – Acceleration
Perhaps the most difficult concept in kinematics is the concept of acceleration. And this activity from the Concept Builders section will address the concept "from head to toe." Students will learn to: (1) delineate accelerating objects from non-accelerating objects, (2) identify the direction of acceleration, and (3) calculate the value of acceleration. When it comes to acquiring an understanding of acceleration, we think it is "just what the doctor ordered."
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Concept-Builders/Kinematics/Acceleration


Concept Builders - Name That Motion
For a great student-centered activity, use the Name That Motion activity from the Concept Builders section. This Concept Builder has students viewing the motion of a car and the trail of dots indicating how its position changes with respect to time. The motion must be matched with one of 11 different verbal descriptions. Feedback regarding student response is immediate and opportunities for correction are provided.
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Concept-Builders/Kinematics/Name-That-Motion

Minds On Physics the App - Kinematic Concepts Module
Part 1 of our App series contains a questioning module with 8 missions that target student misconceptions of kinematic concepts. It's a great student-centered means of assessing understanding and strengthening conceptions of position, velocity, and acceleration.
http://www.physicsclassroom.com/MOP-the-App/MOP-Part-1

Of course there is much more. There are Lessons 1 and 2 of the Motion in One Dimension chapter at our Tutorial which serves as great out-of-class reading for students. And there is the One-Dimensional Kinematics section at our Calculator Pad that provides students with mathematical-based exercises supported by audio help files. And there are a few exercises at the Science Reasoning Center that promote great habits of mind. Snoop around and you will still find more resources. There is something for everyone and for every purpose at The Physics Classroom website. Check them out today at …

http://www.physicsclassroom.com
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Give a Child the Gift of Science: 11 Cool Backyard Science Experiments for Kids

Sometimes the best science lab you can find is the one in your back yard. That's right! From bouncy ball experiments to exploding plastic bags to homemade giant bubbles to squirt gun volcanos ... and so much more ... all you need is your back yard laboratory and an inquisitive mind to explore these 11 creative ideas for engaging a child in science. Grab a child, grab an idea, and explore.

http://igamemom.com/cool-backyard-science-experiments-for-kids/
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Teacher Toolkit: Velocity-Time Graphs

We love our toolkits … and we hope you do too. Toolkits feature resources at our website and across the web. We’ve taken time to find the best resources that we could package together to help busy teachers prepare awesome lessons and units. For instance, the Velocity-Time Graphs Toolkit provides teachers with standards-based resources for designing lesson plans and units that pertain to the topic of representing motion via a velocity-time graph. The components of this toolkit place an emphasis on relating the shape and the slope of a position-time graph to various features of an object's motion. The Toolkit is supported by Lesson 4 of the Kinematics Chapter at The Physics Classroom Tutorial. The Toolkit allows a teacher to select from among trusted resources that target specific learning objectives and national standards.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Teacher-Toolkits/Velocity-Time-Graphs
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Children, Education, and Emotional Well-Being

While today’s featured article has more to do with parenting than with schooling, it is probably a must-read for educators. The article from the MindShift blog discusses the role of anxiety and pressure upon today’s youth, particularly those raised in affluent homes. Learn how one Connecticut community is learning to help school-age kids cope with the internalized pressures associated with pursuit of success.

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/51405/the-perils-of-pushing-kids-too-hard-and-how-parents-can-learn-to-back-off
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NEW at The Physics Classroom: Circular Logic Concept Builder

The Circular Logic Concept Builder provides learners with plenty of practice recognizing the direction of the velocity vector, acceleration vector, and net force vector for an object moving in a circle at a constant speed. There are 48 questions organized into 14 Question Groups and spread across three difficulty levels. The Apprentice Difficulty Level contains six Question Groups that challenge learners to identify the direction of one of the three vectors. The Master Difficulty Level contains four Question Groups that challenge learners to identify the direction of two of the three vectors. And the Wizard Difficulty Level contains four Question Groups that challenge learners to identify the direction of all three vectors. Question-specific help is provided for each of the 14 situations. The built-in score-keeping makes this Concept Builder a perfect candidate for a classroom activity.

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Concept-Builders/Circular-and-Satellite-Motion/Circular-Logic
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How Can a Teacher Use the Physics Classroom?

There's so many resources at The Physics Classroom that a newcomer is often overwhelmed at exactly where to start. We’re often asked the question, how can I use your website to teach my physics class? If you're in the business of teaching physics, we'd recommend a variety of resources. The Curriculum Corner has a complete curriculum that's coordinated with the numerous student resources. There's a Laboratory section that features over 150 lab ideas to get students involved in scientific inquiry. There's a Science Reasoning Center that is full of activities that will sharpen students' ability to reason with data and interpret experiments. And finally, we have a collection of Teacher Toolkits that identify numerous trusted resources on the web that can be used to plan engaging, multimedia, standards-based lessons and units.

This is just a beginning. There's so much more. While you're exploring what teachers can use, get your students started with our awesome student resources - like The Physics Classroom Tutorial, the Physics Interactives, the Concept Builders, Minds On Physics the App, and the Review Session (just to name a few). Enjoy them all at ...

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Not a teacher? Perhaps you can share with one who is. Thanks.
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Scientific Measurements

Science teachers will particularly love this infographic from the Caroline Scientific Supplies. Measurement is an important skill in science as well as everyday life. This infographic provides guidelines that will help students understand and measure mass, length, volume, and temperature. Perhaps this will be the perfect tool for the first few days of science class.

Enjoy at …

http://www.carolina.com/teacher-resources/Interactive/infographic-scientific-measurements/tr35302.tr
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