Physics Lab Online

Free! Physical Lab Online provides users with access to multiple resources all dedicated to the physical sciences. From the menu on the left, users can choose any of the first four options – Home, Directions, Search Engine, Table of Contents – to use for navigating the website. Next, the “AP Review Sessions” option lets users review topics that may appear on an upcoming AP exam. To review, users first select a topic and then a subtopic, and the website then shows users information related to the subtopic they selected. The “Resource Lessons,” “Worksheets,” and “Labs” options work together. First, the…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6.3
B. Design - 7.3
C. Motivation - 6.7

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Physics Lab Online: A Website for Physics

Summary : A Must-Teach Resource for Physics!

Physical Lab Online provides users with access to multiple resources all dedicated to the physical sciences. From the menu on the left, users can choose any of the first four options – Home, Directions, Search Engine, Table of Contents – to use for navigating the website. Next, the “AP Review Sessions” option lets users review topics that may appear on an upcoming AP exam. To review, users first select a topic and then a subtopic, and the website then shows users information related to the subtopic they selected. The “Resource Lessons,” “Worksheets,” and “Labs” options work together. First, the “Resource Lessons” provide detailed information about a topic and the corresponding “Worksheet” lets users fill in information based on the lesson’s topic. The “Labs” option then provides a follow-up experiment users can complete that demonstrates the functionality and applicability of the topic studied. Finally, the “Compilations” option provides users with sample questions and other information that has appeared on or been use as part of previous high-stakes assessments. If a question is selected, users can work to answer it and then check their answer and view the solution by clicking those options below the question in this website.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Over a two-day period, teachers can assign students a resource lesson to study as a group. In response, students can view the lesson together and complete the worksheet during the first day. For the second day, the teacher can explain the lab that relates to the topic studied the previous day and have students complete it in groups. After completing the lab, teachers can ask students general review questions such as: (1) What are the main principles you learned from completing this activity?, (2) How did the lab demonstrate the scientific principles?, and (3) What questions do you still have about this topic? Students can respond in writing to these prompts before engaging in a larger class discussion.
  2. As a bell ringer activity, teachers can project a question located in the “Compilations” option under the “Amusing Questions” section. To start class, students can work to answer the question. When ready, the teacher can call on students to share their answers and explain how they found it. Once all students that want to share have done so, teachers can click the “View the Correct Answer” and “View the Solution” option.
  3. As a scientific presentation activity, teachers can assign each student in the class a different resource lesson to present to the class. Students will have to teach the content to their peers by preparing the lesson and having their peers complete the worksheet in response. Finally, teachers can require students to conduct the experiment in front of their peers and then explain how the lab demonstrated the scientific principles. When implementing this strategy, teachers can assign it so there is one student presentation per week for the semester, which will help with student engagement and planning of the lesson. Teachers can also modify this strategy by letting students work in small groups to prepare the lesson and lab. That way, when they present, the students in the small group can present it to other small groups consisting of their peers.
  4. As a review activity before an upcoming, high-stakes assessment, teachers can have students complete sample questions located in the “Compilations” option.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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