D209 Demonstration webpage on Canadian Physics Teachers' Website
D210 Turn your iPhone into a personal spectroscope.
D211 Resources for Promoting Careers in Physics (US)
D212 Graphing challenge - Kinematics Game
D213 Red Bull Stratos Jump analysis
D214 A Brief History of Physics (animated) from the BBC Science Club
D215 FUNcube: Satellite for Students
D216. Science And Technology In Society: SATIS Materials for classroom use
D217. Physics Online Resources from TES (Times Educational Supplement)
D218. Electrolights: A blog explaining day to day physics
D219 Real World 21st Century Examples for Physics
D220 Astronomy Resources
D221 Web resources for Sound
D222 Conceptions of Energy: a new UK approach
D223. Resources from the Distance Education Centre - the old 'Correspondence School'.
D224. Ruhmkorff Coil and detecting ionising radiation
D225. Observing a real image: An impressive Youtube video from Exploratorium
D226. Stunning Images: The 2014 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest
D227. Smashing Physics: A Royal Institution Youtube talk by Jon Butterworth from CERN
D228. Information is Beautiful: A visualisation on nuclear exposure
D229. Amusement Park Physics: Some resources from the US and Europe
D230. Hundreds of Videos of Physics Demonstrations
D231. Datamouse: Making a two photogates from a mouse
D232. 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics: Resources
D233. 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Physics related, again!
D234. More Resources from the Distance Education Centre - the old 'Correspondence School'.
D235. Visualising Sound: A Youtube video
D236. Radioactivity Decay App - Free
D237. Teacher Developed Websites
D238. Pioneering Women of Physics: A Poster Resource
D239. Exoplanet Physics for Junior Science
D240. Making a Science Poster - Some Tips
D241. Project LITE: Light Inquiry Through Experiments: A Resource
D242. International Year of Light: Resources
D243. 100,000 Stars - A 3D visualisation
D244. 'Teaching High School Physics' A Kindle resource
D245. Unlocking your car with your brain - Youtube video from Sixty Symbols
D246. EPIs and Posters
D247. Future of Nuclear: The Conversation series of articles
D248. Slow motion analysis of experiments: Exploding balloons, deformed balls, strange reflections and breaking rods - A Physics Education article
D249. Extended Practical Investigations and Posters
D250. Star Wars VII trailer and using Tracker software
D251. Conceptual Understanding Procedures (CUPs) back on line
D252 General Relativity: Holiday reading and viewing
D253 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse: Analysis of film and video footage
D254 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics: for the discovery ... that shows neutrinos have mass
D255 Juggling Giant Newton's Cradles: Youtube video
D256 Feynman Poetry on Atoms
D257 Seven Brief Lessons on Physics: A bestselling book by Carlo Rovelli, a theoretical physicist
D258 US Websites on teaching strategies and curriculum materials
D260 Nuclear Resources from ANSTO
D261 A Brief History of Everything by Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Youtube video
D262 Course Planning Resources for Units 1 & 2 in 2016
D264. Dare Devil Demo: Connected bodies and Circular motion
D265. Gravitational Waves detected
D266. Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory: Detecting Dark Matter School visits in 2017
D267. Physics Simulations from Interactives.ck12.org
D268. Exploring Light: Hands-on Activities and Strategies for Teachers: A free online course
D269. Gravitational waves: the Australian connection
D270. Space Tourism Posters from NASA
D271. The Nuclear blogosphere
Events for Students
E1. Physics Days at Luna Park
E2. Vicphysics Physics Photo Contest: up to $1000 in Prize money
E3. Vicphysics Physics Video Clip Contest
E4. Work Experience Opportunities at Parkes and Narrabri
E5. Gemini School Astronomy Contest
E7. Online Social Networks to assist Physics Students
E8. The Annual Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) Queensland
E9. Physics of Angry Birds - A Quantum Victoria program for Students doing Experimental Investigations
E10. Industry To Classroom: A Speakers for Schools project
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 General Information
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...