Using Motion Probes to Enhance
Students’ Understanding of Position
vs Time Graphs
. Recent studies note that microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) experiences are
helping students understand the relationsh...
Statement of the Problem
• International comparison research shows that although U.S.
fourth-grade students compare favora...
Background and Need
• Although many researchers can not find
conclusive evidence to say that MBL
techniques improve studen...
Purpose of Project
• WISE is the common variable in a partnership between
Martinez Junior High School and UC Berkeley. UC ...
Project Objectives
• To test if an MBL approach increases student
understanding of graphing concepts
• Utilize the unique ...
Summary
• I believe that students who use Vernier
motion probes in connection with Graphing
Stories will show a deeper und...
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Using motion probes to enhance students' understanding of position vs time graphs powerpoint jefferson hartman

  1. 1. Using Motion Probes to Enhance Students’ Understanding of Position vs Time Graphs
  2. 2. . Recent studies note that microcomputer-based laboratory (MBL) experiences are helping students understand the relationships between physical events and graphs representing those events (Barclay, 1986; Mokros and Tinker, 1987; Thornton, 1986; Tinker, 1986). • This thesis will utilize Vernier motion probes and a WISE 4.0 project called Graphing Stories, which will allow students to experience the connection between a physical event and its graphic representation.
  3. 3. Statement of the Problem • International comparison research shows that although U.S. fourth-grade students compare favorably, eighth-grade students fall behind their foreign peers, particularly in their mastery of complex, conceptual mathematics, a cause for concern about the preparation of students for careers in science (Roschelle et al. 2007). • By utilizing technology and sparking their interest I should be able to reduce the knowledge gap, regarding graphing concepts, between my students by the time they reach high school.
  4. 4. Background and Need • Although many researchers can not find conclusive evidence to say that MBL techniques improve student understanding of graphing concepts, I believe that most would agree that it does. This thesis project will attempt to show that the MBL approach works.
  5. 5. Purpose of Project • WISE is the common variable in a partnership between Martinez Junior High School and UC Berkeley. UC Berkeley has provided software, Vernier probes, Mac computers and support with WISE 4.0. This unique opportunity to coordinate with researchers from UC Berkeley is one reason I chose this project. The other reason is to prove to myself and others that Graphing Stories is valuable learning tool. • My thesis will test the hypothesis that students will have a better understanding of graphing concepts after working with Vernier motion probes Graphing Stories and than the students who work without the motion probes.
  6. 6. Project Objectives • To test if an MBL approach increases student understanding of graphing concepts • Utilize the unique opportunity of the partnership between UC Berkeley and Martinez Junior High School • Reinforce the idea that the project Graphing Stories is learning tool • Utilize students enthusiasm for technology
  7. 7. Summary • I believe that students who use Vernier motion probes in connection with Graphing Stories will show a deeper understanding of graphic concepts than students who do not use the motion probes.

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