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  • Day 1: Friday 20th February: Monash University, Clayton, VictoriaDay 2: Saturday 21st February: Excursion tasters & Medical Physics ISEMonash University, Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria

    2015 STAV/AIP VCE Physics Teachers Conference

    The Program includes: Dayandlateafternoonsessions.Participantscan

    attendthedayand/orthelateafternoonsessions OpeningaddressonThermodynamicsand

    ClimateChangebyProfDavidJamieson,UniversityofMelbourne

    NewPhysicsStudyDesign:BriefingbyMariaJames,ScienceManager,VCAA

    ReportbyBruceWalsh,theChiefAssessor,ontheNovemberExam,duringthedayprogramandrepeatedinthelateafternoonprogram

    PhysicsKaraoke:Shortpresentationsinthreeadjacentandlinkedvenues

    Over70workshopsacrossfivesessions,someonVCEtopics,someongeneralacrossYears7-12andothersspecificallyforYears7-10

    ASaturdayprogramofexcursionstastersatvariousvenuesandamedicalphysicsin-serviceatPeterMacCallumCancerCentre

    Wireless Internet and laptops at the ConferenceWirelessinternetisavailabletoparticipants,ausernameandpasswordwillbeneeded.Somepresentershaveinvitedparticipantstobringalongtheirowndevicesincludinglaptops.Checkdescriptionsbelowfor(BYOD).Tostorelaptopsduringtheday,laptoplockerswithpowerareavailableinthelobbyoftheS9-S12lecturetheatresatnocost.LockersneedtobebookedontheApplicationForm.KeyscanbepickedupatRegistration.

    Conference Program

    Friday Day and Afternoon Program

    8:00 DayRegistration

    9:00 ConferenceOpening

    9:10 OpeningAddress

    10:10 VCAAUpdate

    10:50 MorningTea/Displays

    11:35 Workshops:SessionA

    12:35 Lunch/Displays

    1:25 Workshops:SessionB

    2:30 Workshops:SessionC

    3:30 AfternoonTea/Displays

    3:30 AfternoonRegistration

    4:00 Workshops:SessionD

    5:00 Workshops:SessionE

    6:00 Finish

    Saturday Program

    9:00 ChoiceofVenues-1hourpresentations

    11:00 ChoiceofVenues-90minor2hourpresentations

    1:30 OneVenue-90minutepresentation

    Each participant will have web access on the AIP website to proceedings from the VCE Physics conference as part of their registration. The Physics Science Teachers Conference is an approved professional learning activity.

    Science Teachers Association of Victoria Inc.PostalAddress:POBox109CoburgVIC3058Phone:(03)93853999Fax:(03)93866722Email:stav@stav.vic.edu.auWebsite:www.sciencevictoria.com.au

    Registrationinformation,LaTrobeUniversityMapandallconferenceinformationisavailableontheScience Victoria website: www.sciencevictoria.com.au/conferences.html

    Australian Institute of Physics (Vic Branch) Education Committee.www.vicphysics.org

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    STAV/AIP VCE Physics Teachers Conference 2015

    VCAA Update: a new VCE Physics Study DesignMaria James, Science Manager, VCAAImplementationoftherevisedVCEPhysicsStudyDesignwillbeginfrom2016.Whatistherationaleforthechanges?HowhascontentchangedintheStudyDesign?Howdothekeyskillsbuildonskillsdevelopedinearlieryears,andhowdotheyrelatetotheprocessofinquiryandtotheselectedcontent?Howwillassessmentchange?Whatdothechangesmeanforstudentsandforteachers?Wheredoesthenewstudydesignfitintheinternationaleducationlandscape?Thesequestionsformthefocusofthisinteractivesessionwhichalsoallowsforaudiencequestionsandcomments.PleasebringcopyoftherevisedVCEPhysicsStudyDesign.

    Descriptions of Workshop SessionsB: Beginning, G: Years 7 - 12, M: Yrs 7 - 10, V: VCE, 11: Units 1 & 2, 12: Units 3 & 4,C: Commercial, BYOD: Bring your own Device (optional)

    Session A 11:35pm 12:35pm

    A1 Tricks and Tips for Inexperienced Physics Teachers(B) Repeated in E13Colin Hopkins, Bialik CollegeThissessionisaseriesoftriedandtrueactivitiestoengagestudentsinVCEPhysics.ItisaimedatteachersnewtoVCEPhysics.Aresourcepackagewillbeprovidedtoparticipants.

    A2 Using Google Earth in the Physics Classroom(V), (Computer lab, so BYOD optional) Repeated in D14Catherine Bellair, St Bernards CollegeGoogleEarthisafreeprogramwithnumerousapplicationsinthePhysicsclassroom.Inadditiontodiscussingsomeoftheseapplications,thissessionwillalsohelpyoucreateyourownGoogleEarthfilesbyteachingyousomeofthebasicfeaturesoftheprogram.

    A3 Climate Change - What happened to the Science?(G)Keith Burrows, AIPThedebatecontinuestorage.TheAbbottgovernmentandtheMurdochmediacontinuetoimplythatclimatechangeisnotathreat-atleastnotyet,whiletheFairfax/ABC/Guardiansidewarnsthatitis.Whatsmissinginallthis?TheSCIENCEofclimatechange!Thereareargumentsaboutwhethertemperatureshaveriseninthelastdecadeorhowfasticeismelting,buttheseareactuallysideissues.Whereisthebasicscience?Fundamentally,climatescienceisaboutthephysicsandchemistryoftheatmosphereandaboutwhatthegeologicalrecordtellsusaboutchangingclimates.Letstrytofillthisgap.

    A4 Space Camp(G) (repeated as a shortened version in Karaoke session: C5)Paul Natoli, Ballarat High SchoolLookingatthejourneyofputtingaspacecamptriptogether.Fromgettingstudentstofundraisingandfinallythetripitself.

    Morning Tea/Displays 10:50am 11:35pm

    Opening Address 9:10am 10:10am

    VCAA Update 10:10am 10:50am

    Opening address on Thermodynamics and Climate Change by Prof David Jamieson, University of Melbourne

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    Friday 20 February 2015assessmentfor,aswellasof,learning?Thissessionexplorestheuseofthescientificposterinsupportingthedevelopmentofstudentsscienceinquiryandcommunicationskills.

    A12 Sound In Practice(12) Repeated in B7Adrian Alexander, Soundhouse Music Alliance Thissessionwillguideteachersthrougharangeofdemonstrations,experimentsandlinkswiththetheoryandpracticeofsoundasitappliesintheUnit4detailedstudy.Itwillillustratesomesoftwareandappsthatteacherswillfindreadilyaccessibleandapplicableintheirownclassrooms,aswellasoutliningthedetailsoftheSoundInPracticeexcursion,whichhasbeenextremelypopular,andwillbeavailableagainin2014.Forafulllistingofwhatiscovered,pleasegotohttps//sites.google.com/site/vcesoundinpractice/home

    A13 Building DC Motor from a Kit(12)Gracie Saxena, Manor Lakes P 12 CollegeTheworkshopshowshowstudentscanconstructaworkingDCmotorfromasimplekitandinvestigatethephysicsprinciplesinvolved.Participantswillbeableassembleamotor.Animageofthekitandtheworksheetforstudentscanbedownloadedfromhttp://www.vicphysics.org/power.html

    A14 Glowing Graveyards(11)David Hoxley, Bob Aikenhead, La Trobe UniversityAcenturyago,radioactivitywaspromotedasahealth-giving,revitalisingforceforgoodhealth.Nowperceptionsaremoremixed.Inthispracticalsession,youwillmeasureandanalyseradioactivedecayfromseveralsources,includinganobservationofhalf-life.ThisactivityisavailableaspartoftheLaTrobeUniversityfuturestudentsprogram,andcanbeintegratedintoaVCESAC.Pleasebringyourlaptop,fullycharged.

    A15 Discovering Physics at Ecolinc(C) (Computer lab, so BYOD optional) Repeated in C5Suzanne Clarke & Carolanne Glynne, Ecolinc ScienceEcolincisa(DEECD)ScienceSpecialistCentresituatedinBacchusMarsh(www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au)Ecolincisauniqueeducationalfacility,demonstratingarangeofawardwinningecologicalsustainabledesign(ESD)features.InadditionEcolincsonlineCSIROdesignedWeatherWallandBuildingManagementSystem(BMS)

    A5 How to Photograph the Moon and Stars with your DSLR.(G) Repeated in C2Phil HartWithjustaDigitalSLRandatripod,awardwinningphotographerPhilHartcanteachyouhowtocapturewide-fieldscenesofthenightskyandlong-exposurestartrailimages.Nightskyphotographyalsoopensupseveralavenuesofscienceexploration-thephysicsofhowcamerasandlensesworkandastronomysciencetopicsthatcanbeexploredthroughsimpleimagesofthenightsky.

    A6 The Zooniverse and Beyond: Engaging Students Using Real Data(G) (BYOD)Robert Hollow, CSIRO Astronomy and Space ScienceAstronomyisanexcellentcontextfordevelopingstudentsinvestigationandICTskills.Thereiswealthofreadilyaccessiblerealastronomicaldata,muchofitavailableviaCitizenScienceprogramssuchastheZooniverse.ParticipantswillbeintroducedtotheconceptofCitizenScienceandexplorearangeofprojectsanddata.Examplesofhowtheseprojectsanddatacanbeincorporatedintostructuredlearningtasksandopen-endedinvestigationswillbedeveloped

    A7 Find Higgs Boson candidate events using HYPATIA in the classroom(12) Repeated in D16Frank de La Rambelya, South Oakleigh Secondary CollegeThepresenterattendedathreeweekteacherscourseatCERNin2013,bringingbackaneasytousedataanalysistoolcalledHYPATIA,asusedininternationalphysicsmasterclasses.AfteransweringthequestionshowdoestheLargeHadronColliderwork?andwhatsthestandardmodel?,thepresenterexplainshowtheATLASdetectorenablesparticletrackidentificationanddemonstratesusingHYPATIAwithrealATLASdatatoidentifycandidateHiggsevents.LinksareprovidedfordownloadingHYPATIAandATLASdata.FindouthowtobringCERNscientistsintotheclassroomtoconversewithyourstudents.

    A8 Increasing student and teacher participation with scientists to increase student numbers in STEM(G)Eroia Barone-Nugent Santa Maria College, Diana Hides, University of MelbourneTheuptakeinsciencehasdeclined,andmostnoticeablyinthestagnationor

    decliningnumberofgirlstakingphysicsatsecondaryschool.However,studentengagementinscienceisimprovedbyrelevantexperienceswithprofessionalscientists.Byincreasingtheinteractionofscientistsfromalldisciplineswithsecondaryschoolstudentstheinterdisciplinarynatureofscienceandtheenablingpowerofthephysicalsciencescanbepromoted.Thevalueofcareeropportunitiescanbehighlightedtohelpstudentsmakeempowereddecisionsaboutchoosingtodosciencetoyear12.Comeandlearnmoreaboutincreasinggirlsparticipatinginphysicsandscienceingeneral.

    A9 Easy and Engaging Light Pracs(C) Repeated in D3Spiro Liacos, Cheltenham Secondary College and Liacos Educational MediaThishands-onsessionwillintroduceyoutoaseriesofpracticalactivitiesthatcoverReflectionandMirrors,RefractionandLenses,andTotalInternalReflection.YouwillbeprovidedwithallthepracsheetsthatyouneedtoteachthetopicofLighttoYear9sandyouwillhaveachancetocarryoutthepracs.

    A10 Paul Hewitt? Who is he and what is his connection with Conceptual Physics?(G) Repeated in E15Gary Cohen, AIP Education CommitteeIsphysicsjustaboutformulas,andaregoodpracresultsthemostimportantthingthatstudentslearnfromtheirPhysicslessons?Whatabouttheconceptdevelopmentthatoccurswitheffectivepracticalinvestigationsanddemonstrations?InthisdiscussionsessionGaryCohenwillsharesomeofhisexperiencesbasedonmanyyearsteachingphysicsusinganalogiesandimageryfromreal-worldsituationsthatcanhelpstudentsbuildastrongconceptualunderstandingofphysicalprinciplesrangingfromclassicalmechanicstomodernphysics.ThissessionwillgiveparticipantsaninsightintowhatConceptualPhysicsis.

    A11 Theuseofscientificpostersincommunicating science(V) Repeated in B6 and D10Maria James, Science Manager, VCAAScientificpostersareuseduniversallytocommunicatesciencefindingsinbotheducationalandresearchsettings.Howcanscientificpostersbeusedataseniorsecondaryleveltostructure,stageandassessstudentinvestigativework?Canauthenticationbeassured?Howcanassessmentinthismodebecome

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    teachersprogrammingthearduinotocontrolLEDs,motors,andafewdifferenttypeofsensors.Thebenefitstothestudentswillalsobecovered.

    A22 Teaching Plans for Unit 1 in 2016(11) Repeated in D15Three members of the AIP Education CommitteeEachpersonwouldtalkabouthowtheywouldplantheUnit,includingtopicsequence,practicalactivities,assessmenttasks,etc.

    A23 Teaching multiple Focus studies concurrently(11)Jane Coyle, Albert Park CollegeThenewUnit2FocusStudiesofferalargerangeofphysicsapplicationsforstudenttoinvestigate.Itwouldbewonderfultoletthestudentchooseatopictheyliketheloomofbuthowdowemanageaclassroomwithstudentsstudyingdifferentcontent?Howdoweofferchoicewithouthavingtowrite11courses.InthissessionIwillgiveideasonhowtoachievebothoftheseusingGoogletocreateaportalandGoogleclassroomtoenablecontentdeliveryandtracking.Collaborationisalsothekey.Awebenableddevicewouldbehandybutnotrequiredforthissession.

    A24 Australian Synchrotron Tour(12)Jonathan de Booy, The Australian SynchrotronAone-hourtouroftheAustralianSynchrotronlocatedinBlackburnRdaroundthecornerfromtheconferencevenue.TransporttotheSynchrotronwillnotbeprovided.ParticipantswillbegivenanopportunitytoarrangearideandshouldleavetheUniversityabout10minutesbeforethesession.

    providetheopportunityforPhysicsstudentstoexploretheefficiencyofthebuildingdesign.ThissessionwilloverviewEcolincsUnits1&2Detailedstudy3.5toinitiateorconcludeaninvestigationintosustainableenergysources.

    A16 Improve student learning using formative assessment in the digital environment.(V) Repeated in E10Catriona McKenzie, Doug Bail, Cara Perry, Pearson Australia, PearsonhasdevelopedPearsonLightbook-anewseniorsecondarydigitalresourcefortheVCEPhysicsStudyDesignbasedonbestpracticeteachingandlearningresearch.PearsonLightbookcombinestraditionalofflinecontentincludingtextbookcontent,workbooks,studyguides,exampreparationmaterialandmoreintoaninteractivelearner-focuseddigitalresource.Hearhowourresearchhasledustodevelopaproductfocusedonimprovinglearningwithformativeassessment,instantfeedbackandcontentpresentedinmulti-modalformatstobestsuitalltypesoflearners.Participantswillseeademoandbeabletointeractwiththeproductduringthesession.

    A17 Lessons from America translated to Australia(V)Barbara McKinnon, John Monash Science SchoolThelasttwodecadeshaveseentheriseoftheModellingInstructionpedagogyforhighschoolPhysicsintheUSA.Significantgainsinstudentconceptualunderstandinghavebeenreportedbyschoolsthatusethisapproach.Inaddition,themethodappearstoincreasestudentengagementandparticipationinhigherlevelphysicscourses.Followingathree-weekteacher-trainingworkshopinMechanicsmodellinginstructioninJuly2013,thepresenterimplementedtheapproachinherVCEYear11Physicsclass.Inthisseminarshewillexplorethebasisofthesuccessoftheapproachandreviewtheoutcomesofherfirstattemptatimplementingthemethodhere.

    A18 Using High Speed Cameras and Tracker to study motion(G) (BYOD) Repeated in E12David Vaughan, Woodleigh SchoolFindouthowtousehighspeedcamerasandtheTrackersoftwaretoanalysemotioninapracticalcontext.Thisworkshopwillshowwheretopurchasecamerascapableofshootingupto1200fpsthatareaffordable.AbasicintroductionintotheTrackersoftwareandhowtouseit

    toobtaindisplacement,velocityandaccelerationdata.AlsoademonstrationofhowIamusinghighspeedcamerasandtheDynamicSciencerocketkitsalongwithtrackertoteachmotiongraphsandNewtonssecondlawofmotiontomyYear10andYear11classes.

    A19 Free body Diagrams(V)Amos Freeman, Christian College, GeelongAworkshopontheuseoffreebodydiagramstoanalyseforcesandmotion.ThiswouldbenefittheMotionunitsofstudyinyears11and12aswellastheMaterialsandTheirUseinStructuresunitinyear12.Therewillbesupportinglessonplansandworksheetsforparticipantstotakehomeinhardcopyandelectronicform.ThetechniquesandscenariosareaproductoftheworkofArnoldAaronsandJimMinstrellinSeattle,thePhysicsEducationGroupattheUniversityofWashington,thephysicsteachersofBothellHighSchoolandthenthepresenter.

    A20 Algorithms in solving physics problems(V) Repeated in E14Yuriy Verkhatsky, Carwatha CollegeInmanyareasofPhysicssolvingproblemscanbeorganisedincertainorderofstepsapplicableifnottoallbuttomostofthem.Ifstudentswillfollowthosestepstheywillmostprobablyavoidmistakesandgetitright.Ihavedevelopedalgorithmsforsolvingmotionproblemsinmanyareasofphysics.Thispresentationisadditionto2014presentationandincludesnewalgorithms-gravitationalfieldproblems,wavepropertiesoflight,wavepropertiesofparticles,photoelectriceffect,inducedEMFproblemsandprobl...

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