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Abstract Title: Using PER Materials and Technology with Teachers of the Very Poor in Bangalore
Abstract: Physics education research has shown that learning environments that engage students and allow them to take an active part in their learning can lead to large conceptual gains compared to traditional instruction.  Although curricular materials and real-time data collection tools developed by the Activity-based Physics group have been used all over the world there was some question whether such materials would be useful to teachers in Bangalore who teach the very poorest children. The Parikrma Foundation runs four schools near four of Bangalore?s worse slums and serves more than 800 children. The science teachers from the schools attended a two-week activity-based workshop where they used real-time data collection and explored multiple curricula. Interactive Lecture Demonstrations (ILDs) using real-time data logging were emphasized since they would be teaching in a one-computer classroom. This poster describes the workshop experience. Equipment was donated by Vernier Internat!
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Implementing PER in Other Cultures

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ronald K. Thornton
Tufts University