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Learning Series for ICT Mentors_Deepening Conceptual Understanding using Open Source Physics Tools (6 August 2013)

 
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new name: Learning Series for ICT Mentors_Deepening Conceptual Understanding using Open Source Physics Tools (6 August 2013)
old name: ICT Mentors' Seminar Pre-Seminar Workshop 2013
update: 29 july 2013
picture share by Sunny Chan Honored to be beside. — with Loo Kang Lawrence Wee.
thanks to sunny for sharing this with me. Message of the Day?

update 22july 2013:new date: 06 August 2013.1400-1700
  1. Wee L.K., Lye S.Y. (2013, new date 06 August 1430-1730 24th June[cancel #sghaze] 0900-1200 ) Deepening Conceptual Understanding using Open Source Physics Tools, ICT Mentor Seminar 2 Malan Road EduLab@AST Level 4 Block J, Singapore

update 21 june2013ICT Mentors’ Pre-seminar Workshops on 24 Jun 13All pre-seminar workshops on Monday, 24 Jun 13, will be CANCELLED. To benefit all, we will work with the ICT Mentors, who are sharing at this platform to conduct the workshops as a Learning Series for ICT Mentors. More details will be provided at a later date.
 

update 06june

We are pleased to confirm your registration for the pre-seminar workshop you have signed up.
1. Details of Pre-Seminar Workshop
Title : Deepening Conceptual Understanding using Open Source Physics Tools
Date : Tuesday 06 August instead of Monday, 24 June 2013 
Time : 1430 - 1730 instead of 9.00 a.m. – 12 noon (Registration starts at 8.30 a.m.)
 
Venue : Academy of Singapore Teachers 2, Malan Road, Singapore 109433 
Locality Link : http://www.onemap.sg/?SearchVal=2%20Malan%20Road&LW:Y&wO5d:JhJbq_R,JbfhR_h,JfYRf_I,Jbbbq_h,c 
Room : Blk J, Level 4, eduLab@AST 
Things to bring / prepare : bring own laptop could be a good idea as eduLab@AST only has 17 laptops2. Pre-Seminar Workshop Engagement 
As part of the engagement with presenter(s), we would like to invite you to look at the resources which the presenter(s) has/have put up for you in OPAL under Forum. You may access the resources parked in the forum thread created for the respective workshop from 11 June onwards. We look forward to your engagement and participation in the pre-seminar discussion with the presenter(s) and participants.3. Parking 
The details about parking will be put up in OPAL by mid June. Please click here to find out the parking details. Note that not all schools are able to make provision for participants to park within the school compound.Should you have any queries, please contact Junice Teo (Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Tel: 6 879 7119) or Ng Hwee Hwee (Email :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Tel : 6 872 7194) if you have further queries.
We look forward to seeing you at the pre-seminar workshop.
Yours sincerely,
ICT Mentors’ Seminar Organising Committee
Theme: Leading the Learning Community
Date: 24 June 2013
Time: 0900-1200
Venue: eduLab@AST 2 Malan Road Level 4 Block J
Audience: 30
Organisers:
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TAN_Boon_HaurFriends:
Deepening Conceptual Understanding using Open Source Physics (Easy Java Simulation) Tool http://mydesk.opal.moe.edu.sg/cos/o.x?ptid=gs309&c=/ca4_mydesk/wiki&title=Pre-Seminar%20Workshop
ICT Mentors' Seminar Pre-Seminar Workshop 2013
http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/2013/03/ict-mentors-seminar-pre-seminar.html
discussion
http://mydesk.opal.moe.edu.sg/cos/o.x?ptid=gs309&c=/ca4_mydesk/forum&func=showthread&t=1309&ptid=gs309

To provide:
1)a platform for ICT mentors to share effective use in ICT for specific subjects
2)some hands-on experience on how ICT can be harnessed for learning and teaching
Leading the Learning CommunityICT Mentors' Seminar Pre-Seminar Workshop 2013
Tilte: Deepening Conceptual Understanding using Open Source Physics (Easy Java Simulation) Tool
Title: Open Source Physics (Easy Java Simulation) Tool in Teaching and LearningSubject: Physics
Target audience (i.e. Secondary, JC/CI)
Type of technology used for teaching and learning: (Easy Java Simulation) Java Based on Windows, MacOSX and Linux only.
 
Abstract:
To help students visualize and experience physics concepts, this ICT Mentors workshop will help teachers to begin their journey to be creators/remixers of customized computer models for inquiry pedagogy enactment. With the model designed according to local context, students can engage interactively in meaningful play, are more likely to inspire the love for learning. In addition, from the constructionism theory of learning, students creating their own simulations can be a powerful learning of preparing students to be creators of knowledge, instead of just consuming knowledge.
By the end of this 3 hours hands-on workshop, participants should be able to: (1) download, launch and able to navigate the authoring toolkit to start designing simple physics model such as spring mass system. (2) able to download open source codes in authoring toolkit from Digital Libraries, Open source Physics website and NTNU Java Virtual Lab. (3) complied their newly made computer model to share with anyone, creative commons attribution licensed.activity 0: flipped classroom
watch the videos here http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/2011/02/easy-java-simulation-tutorial.html
worksheet that I used in 2007 http://www.opensourcephysics.org/items/detail.cfm?ID=7306activity 1: starter
download and run: EJS_4.3.7_130516.zip
older :  http://www.um.es/fem/EjsWiki/uploads/Download/EJS_4.3.7_130115.zipPre Installation: assume you have Java else use this link http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp
Installation: Java 3D 1.5.1 2.95 MB java3d-1_5_1-windows-i586.exe may require downloading from their website due to license agreement.http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javasebusiness/downloads/java-archive-downloads-java-client-419417.html#java3d-1.5.1-oth-JPR
activity 2: requester
features you may want to learn how to make
add slider
add graphs
 
activity 3: beginner
perhaps a falling ball or a simple uniform motion ball
 
 
[NEW!] activity 3.3: http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/2013/08/how-to-add-timer-function-into-existing.html
new activity to involve participants with an authentic task, remix by adding a timer function!!activity 3.5: do another simple spring mass model using this PDF [at your own time]
Worksheet:Modeling Science Textbook Chapter 2: Introduction to Easy Java Simulations written by Wolfgang Christian and Francisco Esquembre download 972kb .pdf
 
activity 4: remixer
browse and search for a model you want to change
 
 
activity 5: sharer
post once a thank you any where
then compile your EJS model and upload here http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?board=28.0
practicing 21st century being.
note: NTNU forum only allow postings of EJS models for at least 2 posts count accounts. You need to post more often.
 
 
closing discussions:
Paper for discussions: 
[1] arXiv:1212.3863 [pdf]Geostationary Earth Orbit Satellite Model using Easy Java Simulation by Loo Kang WeeGiam Hwee Goh
[11] arXiv:1204.4964 [pdf] One-dimensional collision carts computer model and its design ideas for productive experiential learning by Loo Kang Wee 
complete list of papers here http://arxiv.org/a/wee_l_1
some survey collated thanks to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. sandy!
http://mydesk.opal.moe.edu.sg/cos/o.x?ptid=gs309&c=/ca4_mydesk/wiki&title=Pre-Seminar%20Workshop%20Feedback
raw data: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/44365627/conference/2013ICTmentorworkshop/Copy%20of%20Feedback_Session1.xlsxstrengths 
  1. learn basics of java 
  2. It is a very useful tool. 
  3. The ready resources from Loo Kang, the hands-on.
  4. Thanks very much. Loo Kang's passion and enthusiasm is infectious. :) 
  5.  Introducing a free web tool that Physics teacher can tap on. 2. The presenter and facilitators are very helpful and willing to share what they know. 
  6. Lots of insight and hands-on run through of the various tools that can be used to design and adjust simulations to meet my students needs as well as to develop my own apps for various purposes and learning. 
  7. Very informative. 
  8. Step by step in use of the EJS. 
  9. 1. It is extremely useful to have a hands on workshop on the use of EJS for the creation of applets for lessons. 2. There is clarity in the explanations on the use of EJS. 
  10. Trainer is very experienced in using the software. 
  11. authentic task and very application based workshop. I find it much more enriching than workshops focusing on the more abstract concepts that never really apply to real life situations. 
Takeaways:
  1. how to make changes to other ejs 
  2. Wants to explore EJS more 
  3. Open Education Resource Initiative 
  4. Be exposed to the tools that are available on the web that teachers can use. 
  5. We have control of what we wish to do with our time and open source is a great way we can enhance our own learning. 
  6. Possibilities of creating and modifying simulations to suit our teaching needs. 
  7. The applet resources available on the blog. 
  8. Able to modify existing models to suit by needs 
  9. EJS is not just a tool, sim remixing is not only a tool; but an endless supply of tools to be utilized by us teachers.
  10. open source is the new way to go for education especially with the advent of internet, as per MOOCs are the in thing internationally. 
Improvements:
  1. too fast pace. 
  2. Have more sessions. One session is not enough to learn EJS. (maybe i can conduct those 3 days course for physics organised by NIE folks, like modeling instruction organised by CPDD and NIE. i need to go ask around)
  3. More time. 2 to 3 day work shop 1) Basics 2) Advance 3) Applications to pedagogy and PBL 
  4. The duration of the workshop is too short. 
  5. Maybe make this course on a Friday so that we dont need to leave so early from class in case we miss lessons. 
  6. Very technical workshop. The objectives of the course is not very clear. Participant may not be prepared the course. 
  7. Maybe for basic course, start with topics and chapters that are from the syllabus and see how simulations help students to learn better.
  8. Focus of workshop was on using the EJS. There was little on deepening physics concepts. If the workshop is meant to be this way, then the title of the workshop should not be misleading. (high level learning can be students changing the codes to represent their understanding of physics, intermediate level, guided inquiry with activities to get students to collect data, analyse data and think about the evidence to purpose their model of understanding, lower level is teacher demonstration)
  9. 1. How EJS can be used to deepen conceptual learning in Physics? 2. Relevance to the title of the workshop. 
  10. If given a chance, a follow up workshop allowing EJS to be applied to other fields could be beneficial to teachers from other disciplines. (it is a bit forced fit cos Maths, i use Geogebra http://www.geogebra.org/cms/en/  Chem i use Molecular Workbench http://mw.concord.org/modeler/)
likert scale of Strongly Disagree 1 to 4 Strongly Agree
The workshop objectives were achieved. 3.0/4
The workshop met my learning needs. 2.8 
The materials were relevant to the objectives.3.3 
 I can apply the ideas/skills learnt in my work. 2.9
I am satisfied with the workshop.  3.2
The presentation was good.  3.6
The presenter(s) had good knowledge of the workshop content. 3.6
The presenter(s) was / were well prepared and organised.  3.6
There was good interaction between the presenter(s) and participants. 3.3
The presenter(s)' explanations were clear. 3.4
The presenter(s) gave practical examples. 3.4 out of 4Workshop rating 3.0 out of 4
Trainer 3.4 out of 4
Learning Series for ICT Mentors_Deepening Conceptual Understanding using Open Source Physics Tools 
(6 August 2013)

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