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TEAL at MIT: An Active Learning Physics Program Highlights for High School in Italy “Information & Training” per le attività di tirocinio A.S. 2010/2011 Torino, 20 – 21 dicembre 2010 Dr. Peter Dourmashkin MIT. Discussion of Open Courseware Quick Sketch of TEAL Outline of Workshop Activities

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TEAL at MIT: An Active Learning Physics ProgramHighlights for High Schoolin Italy“Information & Training” per le attività di tirocinio A.S. 2010/2011Torino, 20 – 21 dicembre 2010Dr. Peter DourmashkinMIT


Outline

Discussion of Open Courseware

Quick Sketch of TEAL

Outline of Workshop Activities

Discussion

Outline


Open course ware

Open Course Ware

http://ocw2.mit.edu/


Blossoms

Blossoms

http://blossoms.mit.edu/


Blossoms Learning Goals

Different and exciting perspective on topic

Teach abstract concepts through observation, experience and discussion

Stimulate the development of critical and creative thinking skills

Generate interest in subjects considered dry and abstract


Blossoms Methodology

Enhance classes

Students watch short video clip (< 5 min)

Engage in learning activity led by class teacher but provided by video lecturer with specific learning objectives

Teacher provides closure to exercise and discussion

Watch next clip and continue process


Blossoms Videos

Mathematics

Physics: Paola Rebusco Soap Bubbles

Engineering

Biology

Chemistry


Highlights for high school

Highlights for High School

http://ocw2.mit.edu/high-school


Highlights for high school learning objectives

Show science demonstrations by MIT faculty in your classroom.

Provide alternate explanations to reinforce key concepts.

Guide students to additional homework problems and exam examples.

Highlights for High SchoolLearning Objectives


Highlights for high school materials

High School Courses Developed by MIT classroom.

Lab Courses and Materials 8.01X and 8.02X

Competitions

Video Demonstrations

Exam Preparation Materials

Build Stuff

Save the World D-Lab

English Writing Courses

Highlights for High SchoolMaterials


Ocw scholar taking off jan 1 2011

OCW Scholar classroom.Taking Off Jan 1 2011

http://ocw2.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-01sc-physics-i-classical-mechanics-fall-2010/one-dimensional-kinematics-and-free-fall/


OCW Scholar Learning Objectives classroom.

Provide self paced modules for students to

learn Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism

Provide complete topic based modules for teachers

to use in classroom


OCW Scholar Module Structure classroom.

Learning Objectives

Preparation:

Course Notes 2. Video Lecture Clips

Guided Activities

1. Lecture Slides 2. Checkpoint Problems

Self Assessment

1. Concept Quizzes 2. Challenge Problems

Related Resources


Mit physics education innovation
MIT Physics Education Innovation classroom.

Ned Franck (left)

Introduction to Mechanics of Heat

John Slater Department Head

Jerrold Zacharias (left) and Francis Friedman

Physical Science Study Committee PSSC


Mit physics education innovation1
MIT Physics Education Innovation classroom.

John King

8.01x Hands-on

Take-home

Experiments

Phil Morrison

Conceptual: Physics for Poets

A.P. French

Series of Introductory Textbooks


TEAL classroom.Technology Enabled

Active Learning

http://web.mit.edu/8.01t/wwwhttp://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www


Some goals of science education
(Some) Goals of Science Education classroom.

Develop next generation of scientists and science teachers

Develop scientific literacy so that the next generation is capable of making informed decisions on issues arising from complex systems, for example environmental change, management of finite resources, development of renewable energy sources

Develop expert problem solvers to tackle complex problems that face society

Develop intellectual curiosity about scientific thought

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What is teal
What is TEAL? classroom.

Technology-Enabled Active Learning

A merger of presentations, tutorials, and hands-on laboratory experience into a technologically and

collaboratively rich environment


Teal in action
TEAL in Action classroom.


Motivation

Motivation classroom.


Why change
Why Change? classroom.

  • Introductory physics courses have inherent problems

    “Our physics courses are actually teaching many students that physics knowledge is just the claim of an arbitrary authority, that physics does not apply to anything outside the classroom, and that physics problem solving is just about memorizing answers to irrelevant problems.”

    Carl Wieman, American Physical Society News, Nov. 2007 (Vol 16,No. 10)



Learning objectives1
Learning Objectives classroom.

  • Move away from passive lecture format to active studio learning environment

  • Enhance conceptual understanding

  • Enhance problem-solving abilities

  • Incorporate hands-on experiments that develop project-based/research lab learning skills


Broader educational learning objectives
Broader Educational Learning Objectives classroom.

  • Develop communication skills in core sciences

  • Develop collaborative learning

  • Reduce gender gap

  • Develop new teaching/learning resources based on scientific standards of research



Transforming the learning space teal classroom
Transforming the Learning Space: TEAL Classroom classroom.

  • Collaborative learning (Modeled after NCSU’s Scale-Up Classroom)

    • 9 Students work together at each table of 9 students each

    • Form groups of 3 students that work collaboratively


Learning Space classroom.



Rethinking teaching roles
Rethinking Teaching Roles classroom.

Instructor no longer delivers material but focuses on student learning

Measures learning outcomes

Motivates student and instills passion for learning


Active learning

Active Learning classroom.


Components of active learning class teal
Components of Active Learning Class: TEAL classroom.

  • ConcepTests: Peer Instruction with Clickers

  • On-line Visualizations

  • Interactive Presentations with Demos

  • Desktop Experiments

  • Extensive Problem Solving Opportunities



Develop conceptual understanding
Develop Conceptual classroom.Understanding

  • Inquiry based on Discovery

  • Use of ConcepTests and Peer Instruction

  • Hands-on Experiments that Emphasize Concepts

  • Multiple Representations of Concepts


Visualizations
Visualizations classroom.


Visualizations and Simulations: Address Core Misconceptions classroom.

Question: Is the enclosed charge the source of the electric field in Gauss’s Law?

Enclosed charge is not the source of the electric field


Visualizations and Simulations: classroom.

Address Core Misconceptions

Enclosed charge is not the source of the electric field


Introduce difficult mathematical concepts mathlets
Introduce Difficult Mathematical Concepts: Mathlets classroom.

http://math.mit.edu/mathlets/

http://www-math.mit.edu/~jmc/8.02t/SeriesRLCCircuit.html

Developers: Jean-Michel Claus, Prof. Haynes Miller (Math Department), Dr. Peter Dourmashkin


Mini-Presentations classroom.


In class presentations
In-Class Presentations classroom.

  • Peer Instruction: Concept Questions using ‘clickers’

  • Short Group/Table Problems with student presentation of work at boards

  • Mini-Presentations using whiteboards (or slides)



Problem solving

Problem Solving and experiments


Problem solving1
Problem Solving and experiments

MIT Education requires solving 10,000 Problems

Measure understanding in technical and scientific courses

Regular practice

Expert Problem Solvers:

Problem solving requires factual and procedural knowledge, knowledge of numerous models, plus skill in overall problem solving.

Problems should not ‘lead students by the nose” but integrate synthetic and analytic understanding


Work in progress
Work in Progress and experiments

Highlights for High School MIT Italy Program: International Cooperative Teaching Effort

Improve Teacher Training Program

Support Student Peer Instruction Culture

Integrate Student Pre-class Preparation Work with Learning Objectives

Continue to Develop Teaching Resources

Develop Data Acquisition Technology to Measure Real World Activities Using Student Driven Experiments


Workshop activities preview

Discussion and Questions Regarding Today’s Session and experiments

Learning Objectives and Design of Curriculum

Learning Space Design

Develop Active Learning in the Classroom

Group Dynamics: Strategies for Improvement

Eliminate Science Gender Gap

Rethink Teaching Roles: Culture Change

Develop Teaching Resources

Creative Problem Solving Opportunities

Workshop Activities Preview


Web Pages and experiments

http://web.mit.edu/8.01t/wwwhttp://web.mit.edu/8.02t/www http://web.mit.edu/viz/EM/index.htmlhttp://ocw2.mit.edu/http://blossoms.mit.edu/http://ocw2.mit.edu/high-school


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