August 07, 2013
Students Learn about Potential Energy with Gizmos
We always appreciate it when we see talented teachers using innovative and effective teaching practices.
Watch how this Boston teacher models using the Potential Energy on Shelves Gizmo to teach students how mass and height affect potential energy.
At the beginning of the lesson, the teacher engages students with an activating strategy supported by a short reading passage from the Gizmo's Lesson Materials. Then students break out into collaborative groups to complete the inquiry-based lesson. Guided by the Gizmo's Student Exploration Sheet, students are engaged, learning through real-world scenarios. The teacher shares,
"Something as abstract as potential energy all of the sudden becomes very real when the students are able to play around with virtual objects and see how the PE of the objects changes for the object."
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