Using Direct Measurement Videos to Teach Physics
Matthew Vonk, University of Wisconsin - River Falls
Ellen Iverson, Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College
Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College
What are Direct Measurement Videos?
The video at right shows some examples of Direct Measurement videos.
Why Teach with Direct Measurement videos?
As physicists, we analyze events using mathematical relationships, and as educators we would like our students to do the same. Traditionally, three methods are used to present events for students to analyze. First, we use labs, in which students make measurements themselves using an apparatus in a classroom. Second, we use text descriptions, often supplemented with drawings, or sometimes photos. Third, we use demonstrations, sometimes accompanied with measurements. Each of these methods has inherent limitations. Video has the potential to help students visualize situations more clearly and show how physics concepts can apply to a variety of real-world situations. Videos can be exciting and engaging, which can increase student interest. find more information about advantages of Direct Measurement Videos to teach physics
How to Teach with Direct Measurement videos
Direct Measurement Videos here are intended to be used to teach introductory physics mechanics at the high school or college level. There are several ways to integrate Direct Measurement Videos into your curriculum: as a replacement for word problems, as a way to verify physics concepts (such as conservation laws), or as open-ended or "goal-less" problems. find more information about how to use Direct Measurement Videos to teach physics