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Exploring Kepler’s laws using an interactive whiteboard and Algodoo
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics. University of Ljubljana.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9185-628X
2015 (English)In: Physics Education, ISSN 0031-9120, E-ISSN 1361-6552, Vol. 50, no 5, 511-515 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Combining an interactive whiteboard with the right software, and with an appropriate instructional approach, is crucial for its productive use in physics classrooms. We describe how the interactive whiteboard can be used in combination with a physics-based sandbox software program (Algodoo) to address the topic of Kepler’s laws. The proposed activity engages students in collaborative inquiry and draws on students’ experience in using touch-screen technology. Students engage in the manipulation of virtual objects on the interactive whiteboard and investigate Kepler’s laws by actively participating in the creation of planets, sending them into orbit, and representing their motion using a wide variety of virtual tools.

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Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP), 2015. Vol. 50, no 5, 511-515 p.
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Interactive whiteboards, IWB, Algodoo, orbital motion, kepler's laws, kinesthetic, embodied, student engagement
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Other Physics Topics
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260954DOI: 10.1088/0031-9120/50/5/511OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260954DiVA: diva2:849151
Available from: 2015-08-27 Created: 2015-08-26 Last updated: 2015-08-27

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