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ERIC Number: EJ913073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Whole Class Laboratories with Google Docs
Bonham, Scott
Physics Teacher, v49 n1 p22-23 Jan 2011
Interactive (reformed) instruction helps students develop a deeper understanding of physics, a component of which is letting students explore physical phenomena first and then building upon their experience. However, the time required for a single group to collect sufficient data and the likelihood of measurement errors are often obstacles to this. This paper describes an approach that overcomes those obstacles by using Google Docs to easily collect data during class from all student groups to use for class discussion. Each group takes three to five measurements and submits their data through a web form that goes straight into a Google spreadsheet. The instructor then uses this for plots or calculations and leads a class discussion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A