A plethora of science teaching resources

by Stephanie Chasteen on August 1, 2008

Here is a list of useful resources for physics teaching:

Simulations and Computer Modeling

The National Science Digital Library just announced the creation of a new web resource for finding curriculum resources.

The Open Source Physics Collection provides curriculum resources that engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling. Computational physics and computer modeling provide students with new ways to understand, describe, explain, and predict physical phenomena. The materials in the collection connect computational simulations, models, and tools with curricular resources

National Science Digital Library resources

Browse all the multidisciplinary resources at the National Science Digital Library in a new browsing interface.

Videos of Physics Demonstrations

A very interesting project called Physics Teaching Web Advisory has videos of physics demonstration and, even more interestingly, a way to ask master teachers about how they teach particular concepts in physics. You type in a question and it searches for the closest answer (which might not be that close) and a video comes up with the master teacher telling how they teach that topic and what demonstrations they use. Neat! One negative — it doesn’t seem to be well supported on Mac or browsers other than IE yet.

There is also a very nice set of over 200 physics demonstrations compiled at Weber State University. You have to actually download it from PASCO, but click here to see some samples of what’s available. Many seem to be pretty basic, but there is quite a range and the production quality is very high

List of Physics Resources

Pat’s Picks had a great comprehensive list of online physics resources, including physics education research, online magazines, pre-college science resources, astronomy instruction, and more. Bookmark this one, it’s a very nice list!

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