Teacher Review For Physics Central

Meant to excite and inform everyone about physics

Darlynda M.
Technology coordinator
Erie 1 BOCES
West Seneca, NY
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My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
This website could be used in various ways with different grade levels of students. The experiments could be done within the classroom as a whole group or small group or a student could do them at home at their own pace of advancement. A teacher could enter their class into one of the video contests. Individual students or a whole class could pose a question to a physicist in the Ask-a-Physicist section. A teacher could request one of the free Spectra Kits (4 story based experiments) and complete the experiments with their class. An elementary teacher could use the coloring books to introduce physics to their elementary class. A high school physics teacher and their students could become involved with an Adopt-a-Physicist forum. Teachers could use the Explore the Science to look at various physics topics as a whole class or individual students could explore physics topics on their own time.
My Take
This website attempts to peak everyone's interest about physics. The website is divided into 3 main sections: Explore the Science, Ask & Experiment, and Physics Buzz. Moreover, there is a resources for educators section to assist educators with finding resources for their classrooms. The Explore the Science section includes pictures, videos, and podcasts to assist students and teachers in their exploration of physics. The Ask & Experiment section includes experiments to do at home, video contests, an Ask-a-Physicist section, free Spectra kits (4 story based experiments) for 6-9th grade classes, comic books for middle school students about physics, activity coloring books to introduce elementary kids to physics, and an Adopt-a-Physicist forum for high school students. The Physics Buzz section includes blogs about physics. One should note each section has archived items along with the current items. Recently, the American Physical Society online journal became available to high school physics students within the educator resources section. The website works on an iPad along with a computer. Although many physics topics are available for exploration, the teacher or student may or may not find the physics topic they are looking for. The website did not contain any specific tools to assist specific populations such as ELL or low literacy students.