Assessing-to-Learn (A2L) was a four-year research project on the use of “continuous formative assessment” in the high-school physics classroom, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. This website provides public access to a large library of “items” — questions and problems for instructional classroom use — intended for use with continuous formative assessment. Many of these were carefully developed and tested for high school use as part of the project; others are ones we’ve used in university-level courses. You can find the items in the Items Library. Many have associated “teacher aids”, written to help instructors make effective use of them in the classroom. This site also provides papers that explain the pedagogic philosophy behind the approach and describe how continuous formative assessment can be implemented in the classroom.
This site is an index of other online demonstration manuals. You can search all of them at once, or you can browse each individually. You can also search more than 7,500 demonstration references using the Physics Instructional Resource Association (PIRA) Demonstration Bibliography.
Using the perspective of research scientists, the Physics Education Group at KSU investigates ways to improve science teaching. In recent years the work of this group has concentrated on the improvement of courses at the high school and college level, the use of modern technology and the training and support of science teachers.
This hands-on science outreach K-16 program helps students do science. The main portion of their Web site is devoted to online experiments that can be done using common household ingredients or using a computer.
Produced by the California Institute of Technology and Intelecom in 1985, this 52-part series helps teachers demystify physics by showing students what it looks like. Field trips to hot-air balloon events, symphony concerts, bicycle shops, and other locales make complex concepts more accessible. Inventive computer graphics illustrate abstract concepts such as time, force, and capacitance, while historical reenactments of the studies of Newton, Leibniz, Maxwell, and others trace the evolution of theories.
The Physics Education Technology (PhET) project is an ongoing effort to provide an extensive suite of simulations for teaching and learning physics and chemistry and to make these resources both freely available from the PhET website and easy to incorporate into classrooms. In addition to the simulations, this site includes teacher ideas and activities.
The Physical Sciences Resource Center is a web-based databank that provides K-20 teachers links to a wide range of teaching and learning resources in the physical sciences. All materials are classified by their grade level, topic, and activity type, and have descriptions outlining their content. Information about authors, publishers, costs, and copyright is also provided.
This site shows photographs and descriptions of the experiments used to teach undergraduate physics classes. Categories include: mechanics, fluid mechanics, oscillation/waves, thermodynamics, electricity/magnetism, optics, modern physics, and astronomy.
From The Scout Report (6/10/2011): "this website corrals a number of websites together from institutions like the University of California - Irvine, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Utah. First-time visitors can scan through seven different subsections, such as "Geometry/Trigonometry", "Tools", and "Optics". A good place to start is with the "Virtual Labs", as they offer a m?lange of websites from physics labs around the country, complete with research summaries, interactive web activities, and so on. Moving on, the "Optics" area provides a fine explanation of visual illusions, Newton's color wheel, and a place where visitors can build their own rainbow. Finally, the site is rounded out by a nice "Miscellaneous" section that offers sine wave demonstrations, lunar phase illustrations, and a space time lab game."