Promoting better Physics teaching
For the past five and a half years we’ve been working closely with the Institute of Physics (IoP), designing and developing a range of Flash-based and, more recently, HTML5-powered interactive resources for the Supporting Physics Teaching (SPT) initiative, a national programme that provides training to ‘specialist and non-specialist teachers who teach physics in the early years of secondary education’. The materials are distributed by IoP’s Physics Teacher Network and via their TalkPhysics.org site.
The core resources cover over a dozen topics such as Energy, Earth in Space, Forces, Radiations and Sound – presented in three parallel strands: a Physics Narrative, Teaching and Learning issues and Teaching Approaches.
Framing & explaining concepts
Each of the interactive resources has a ‘pane by pane’ structure that enables trainees to get an overview of the relationships between key concepts and while also being free to zoom in on a particular pane and view diagrams, test assumptions, try out interactive simulations and much more.
Excellent range of strategies… new ideas I was not aware of. Good resources…
The next release of the interactive SPT resources will be launched via a new edition of the Supporting Physics Teaching website.