E13. Quantum Victoria's "The Young Scientist & Engineer Series"
E14. Collision! - A multimedia competition on particle physics for students
E15. Science Breakfast for Girls: Thursday 15th August, 2013, Mentone Girls' Grammar School (This is an annual event)
E16 Videos from Victorian Young Physicists' Tournament
F1. Survey of Class Time on Physics from the Physics Teachers Conference
F2. Victorian Physics teachers are well qualified
F3. Retired Physics Teachers: Casual employment
F4. Physics Teacher Survey
F5. Does going to the Luna Park Physics Days impact on Physics enrolments?
F6. Popularity of Detailed Studies
F7. Climate Change: Vicphysics Initiative
F8. Need an RSS Feed?
F9. Need to form a Moderation Group?
F10. How many Year 11 Physics students go on to do Physics in Year 12?
F11. Enrolments in Physics: Status and Strategy
F12. 2016 Physics Careers Survey: An Update
A1. Physics in the National Curriculum: a Discussion paper
Neil Champion wrte a paper titled “Multi-layered national curriculum design principles” that was published in the May/June, 2011 edition of ‘Australian physics’. The article has been put on our website at www.vicphysics.org/edresearch.html . If you wish to comment on the paper, please use the Forum section of the website.
Check www.vicphysics.org/austcurr.html for information about Physics in the Australian Curriculum.
A2. Want to be a VCE Exam Marker?
With Physics having a single end of year exam in 2013, there will be a need for more markers of the exam.
Marking exams is one of the most effective professional development activities, it gives you insights into how students answer questions and the types of errors they make, and you get paid for it! It can be time consuming and draining at times, but now that the marking is done online it is also quite efficient.
If you are interested, go to the VCAA website, http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/, select 'Careers', then 'Sessional Employment'. You will then be directed to a separate website called 'Sessional Staff Management System (SSMS)' If you are applying for the first time, you will need to generate a user name and password and as part of the application process you will be asked to provide the following information: referee details, your qualification details, e-mail address, date of birth (for verification processes only) and Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration number (if applicable).
Once registered, you select the position you are seeking and complete the details. If accepted, you will be required to attend a full day Training Meeting held after the exam. Note: It is not acceptable to do online marking at school.
A3. Popularity of Detailed Studies in 2013
A section of the application form for this year's Physics Teachers' Conference asked teachers to give an indication of which Detailed Studies they might be doing this year.
Some people had not yet decided, but about 250 provided information. Of the Year 11 Detailed Studies the proportion for each was: Astronomy (20%), Astrophysics (33%), Nuclear Energy (51%), Flight (49%), Sustainable Energy (24%), Medical Physics (25%). Students do two Detailed Studies in Units 1 & 2.
For the Year 12 Detailed Studies, the proportions were: Einstein's Relativity (9%), Materials and their use in structures (49%), Further Electronics (7.5%), Synchrotron and its applications (9%), Photonics (1.5%), Sound (26%). Students now only do one Detailed Study in Units 3 & 4.
A4. 50 years of Year 12 Physics: A personal perspective on course design and assessment by Dr Syd Boydell
At the recent University of Melbourne Physics Day, Dr Syd Boydell gave a talk on how the Year 12 Physics course and its assessment have changed and not changed over the last 50 years. He also considered what we have lost and what we have gained.
Syd taught for many years at Scotch College, prepared resources such as Checkpoints and has been the Chief Examiner for VCE Physics for the last few years.
The 17 page (6.8MB) document from his talk is available at www.vicphysics.org/edresearch.html . Look down the page under 'Articles on research on aspects of Physics Education'.
A5 Video of VCE Physics Implementation Workshop
Last term VCAA held a series of Implementation Workshops around the state on the new VCE Physics Study Design to be implemented in 2016 and in 2017. A video of one of the workshop is now on line at https://vimeo.com/user40237493/videos along with videos of the other VCE Sciences.
The video runs for 2 hours and features Michael Rosenbrock of Wodonga Senior Secondary College and a member of the Review Panel. The video includes the powerpoint slides and video of Michael talking to the slides. The discussion at the end on the contributions of the poster, the log book and even the planning to the assessment of the Unit 4 Practical Investigation is particularly useful.
VCE Physics Study Design
B1. VCAA Examination Results Service. “How did my students go on Q’n 5 of the June paper?”
VCAA has established a service to enable teachers to find out how their students went on individual questions of their exams. The data the VCAA supplies for each question is your class mean, the school mean, the state mean, the maximum and the Marks for Question. Note: the maximum score is double the Marks for the question as some papers are double marked.
This information will be useful in evaluating the relative strengths and weaknesses of your students and the effectiveness of specific learning activities.
To access this information you need to approach the VASS Coordinator in your school to get the information from VASS. Once in VASS, select “School Administration”, then go to “School Statistics”, then choose “Extended Answer Questions” (this means any question that is not in a separate section of multiple choice questions a la Chemistry and Biology). Now select “Physics” and the data will be displayed...