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Interactive Whiteboards as a Means of Supporting Students’ Physical Engagement and Collaborative Inquiry in Physics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics. (Division for Physics Education Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9185-628X
2016 (English)In: Selected Papers from the 20th International Conference on Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning / [ed] Lars-Jochen Thoms and Raimund Girwidz, Mulhouse: European Physical Society , 2016, 101-108 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) have become commonplace in classrooms in the western world. However, using the IWB productively in ways that leverage its unique possibilities for student engagement is more challenging. I propose a theoretical perspective that recognizes the IWB-based learning environments as a case of a mixed-reality (a combination of real and virtual worlds). I show how the ideas of embodied cognition and distributed cognition were used to guide the design a learning sequence on the topic of orbital motion of planets and analyse its implementation. I analyse a short video excerpt that illustrates the way in which embodiment enters high-school student discourse in the context of small-group collaborative inquiry, supported by the IWB. Students’ gestures that draw on their physical experience within the IWB-based environment can help students fluently communicate ideas that would be much more difficult to express verbally.

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Mulhouse: European Physical Society , 2016. 101-108 p.
Keyword [en]
physics education research, orbital motion, gesture, embodied cognition, interactive whiteboard, Kepler's laws, collaborative inquiry
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-308290ISBN: 978-2-914771-95-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-308290DiVA: diva2:1049335
Available from: 2016-11-24 Created: 2016-11-24 Last updated: 2016-11-24

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