Monthly Archives: March 2020

What I’m working on now: exercises using PhET sims for electromagnetic waves and light interference.

The last two weeks of my 2nd semester calculus-based introductory physics course are generally about electromagnetic radiation and about light – which is one quite narrow slice of the electromagnetic spectrum. There are all kinds of things we can do … Continue reading

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The PhET interactive simulation group released four prototypes to help teachers with online learning as the COVID pandemic was bearing down on the nation. I’m working with one of them – an AC circuit sim – right now for my class.

On March 13 – just as the first university physical classroom shutdowns due to COVID were taking place – the PhET interactive simulation group at the University of Colorado released four prototype simulations to help educators like me jump to … Continue reading

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What I'm working on now: A PhET lesson on magnetic induction for my 2nd semester calculus-based introductory physics class.

I am trying to provide PhET-based lessons as substitutes for the physical labs in my 2nd semester calculus-based introductory physics classes. At least for now, I am limiting the PhET simulations I use to those that are coded in HTML … Continue reading

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How science and technology are making this pandemic event more survivable than it would have been 20 years ago.

A list of things I’ve thought of that are making this pandemic more survivable than it would have been had it taken place 20 years ago: mRNA technology: With messenger RNA technology, there is hope for a vaccine in a … Continue reading

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What will Florida's economy look like after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides? And…how should our students learn so that they are well-prepared to thrive in that economy?

Florida’s economy will almost certainly look significantly different after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. It is likely that the hospitality and tourism industry that is so important to our state will be significantly smaller. But what (if anything) will replace it? … Continue reading

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How well can our students actually learn with present distance learning technologies? Maybe better than they could in a traditional lecture class, but not as well as they could in a studio-style course.

With students at nearly every college and university in the nation now taking their courses entirely online, it’s worth asking the question: Are students learning less, the same or even more than they would have in the physical classrooms they … Continue reading

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Thank you to the crew at Capital Regional Medical Center who took care of me on Friday as a catastrophe bore down on them.

I had to record this scene the old-fashioned way – with my memory – since I didn’t have my cell phone: I was being rolled into an operating room at Capital Regional Medical Center on Friday morning. When the doors … Continue reading

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The coronavirus: Why colleges and universities are preparing to shut down physical campuses after spring break.

For students and employees with chronic respiratory illnesses at colleges and universities, the pattern is familiar: Three to four weeks after classes convene after summer break, Christmas break or spring break, the new viruses that students who scattered to other … Continue reading

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Teacher salaries and the Florida Legislature: The future of the state’s traditional public schools may be determined by what happens in the next week.

Sometime in the next week or so, the Florida Legislature will decide whether there will be a substantial salary raise package for teachers in Florida’s public schools for the 2020-21 school year. The budgets approved by the two chambers of … Continue reading

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Parents are the ultimate deciders for K-12 students. We need to make sure they have the information they need to make the best decisions.

Do I trust parents? Parents are the ultimate deciders in the lives of K-12 students, and most parents desperately want what’s best for their kids. They will relentlessly pursue what they believe that to be. But unless a parent is … Continue reading

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