FIVE FUN FORCES FOR INFORMANTS
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FIVE FUN FORCES FOR INFORMANTS
Teaching the concepts behind forces and how they act can be very challenging. Here are some great online resources available to explain forces and apply them to everyday life! PFA - Outcome 4.6: A student identifies and describes energy changes and the action of forces in common situations.
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Skateboard Science | Exploratorium

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Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 28, 2013 1:56 AM
This website is a fun way to introduce forces to high school students looking at the principle forces that allow for skateboarding to be possible. While some concepts are beyond junior years, forces such as friction can be looked at, making this a great resource for all levels. This website would be best suited to a student-dependent research task where they are free to navigate and access relevant information. An assessment looking at the forces involved in skateboarding could be to allow students to investigate where friction is present in skateboarding and how it might be seen as useful or not useful. This addresses everyday situations where we can use wheel bearings to reduce friction but also how it is necessary for skateboarders to stop. This would inform an inquiry-based learning approach by allowing students to formulate explanations based on the evidence they would obtain from this website. Allowing students to decipher relevant information and formulate explanations would also be part of enhancing scientific literacy.
Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 28, 2013 1:59 AM
Diverse applications of forces from friction to inertia are dealt with in this website which makes it adaptable to a number of student-centred research activities. Weaknesses include some of the concepts beyond junior years and hence may cause confusion with an already difficult topic in terms of both teaching and learning. Another weakness when using this resource may find students being distracted when asked to investigate problems using this interactive website which has a number of related but not necessarily relevant videos.
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The Aerodynamics of Flight

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Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 28, 2013 12:54 AM
Another great application of forces! This flight simulation assesses the forces acting on an aeroplane including lift, weight, thrust and drag. By using this video in the classroom students are able to see how flight is possible by analysing the resultant forces. A useful way to consolidate understanding of magnitude and direction of certain forces and how unbalanced forces and different air pressures are necessary for a change in direction to occur. To assess student’s understanding of forces it is effective to use this example of flight and analyse the forces acting on a wing in particular. This allows students to apply their knowledge of direction and magnitude of forces to a situation where there is a net movement forward and upwards. Inquiry-based learning approaches may incorporate this video with evidence-based questioning.
Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 28, 2013 1:05 AM
This resources is a great extension of the unit of forces and aims to engage students in what can often be a dry topic. To be able to gain interest from students in this topic will allow for them to get involved and ask questions, deepening their understanding of forces. Its strengths lie in its visual representation of forces and somewhat comical features of the video. The explanation may cause some confusion if difficult concepts such as air pressure are not addressed prior to watching the video so it is suggested to go over these concepts first.
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Review Questions - Forces

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Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 28, 2013 2:26 AM
Review questions are a great way to easily assess student understanding. This online quiz allows students to gain immediate feedback from their results. You may set a time limit for students to complete the task, print of their results and hand them to you. This would allow you to assess if there are gaps in their knowledge and address these problems accordingly. Alternatively you could set this task for students with a longer time limit to complete, where they need to obtain full marks before they hand up their results to you. This resource needs to be used in conjunction with extensive teaching and learning of forces. It can be used as a form of assessment in itself. Students are expected to undertake this activity individually and so their literacy skills can be reflected on not only pertaining to content specific knowledge but also being able to follow instruction and extrapolate meaning from a question. This is not an exemplar form of supporting an inquiry based approach however it is intended to be used in conjunction with inquiry based learning activities.
Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 28, 2013 2:26 AM
This resource allows for a quick assessment of student understanding of the key concepts in the topic forces. Its strengths include allowing students to take an independent approach to assessment and make use of ICT in the classroom. Students are able to learn from their mistakes as they receive real-time feedback and it would be expected that they take this feedback on board to help them understand the correct answer. If many students in the class are getting the same question wrong, this is a great tool for teachers to build on what concepts haven’t been addressed as well as others. This activity has drawbacks for students with poor literacy skills as they may understand concepts but may not be able to apply them in a multiple-choice-based scenario.
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GCSE Science Revision - How Forces affect a Skydiver

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Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 27, 2013 11:45 PM
This educational video, analysing the forces acting on a skydiver, is a great way to engage students and help them understand how gravity and air resistance act on certain objects. The video deals with the force of gravity acting on the skydiver (weight) and air resistance. The video also addresses when the skydiver is experiencing terminal velocity. Along with an accompanying work sheet this video is a great way to assess students understanding of how to represent forces using arrows, the direction of forces; such as gravity and air resistance, and the balanced force which occurs at terminal velocity. The accompanying worksheet would act as a great tool for revision and also to consolidate student’s understanding of these concepts. Assessment could be undertaken by incorporating questions into an exam where students are required to draw the forces acting on a skydiver when they are at terminal velocity, or a situation where the forces are unbalanced. It is another way to introduce the terms gravity and air resistance, building on the student’s understanding. From an inquiry-based learning approach, students might be able to predict what forces are acting on the skydiver creating a classroom where learners are engaged by questions related to the topic at hand.
Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 27, 2013 11:45 PM
Why use this resource? <br> Skydiving is not an everyday activity for students. However it is a great way to gauge interest in forces and how developments in scientific understanding of forces allows such activities to be possible. The strengths of this video lie in its ability to visually depict forces using arrows as convention prompts. It is also useful to have the speed of the skydiver visible at all times to show that unbalanced forces cause a change in speed and balanced forces occur when there is terminal velocity. The weaknesses in using this video may be that students aren’t able to communicate their understanding of forces in unfamiliar situations. <br>
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Force Combinations - Balloon Popping Activity

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Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 28, 2013 2:11 AM
This resource is an interactive balloon popping activity which, at first, can prove to be quite difficult. With the correct instruction, this activity can be useful in consolidating student understanding of forces and resultant forces causing a change in motion. Fitting in perfectly with the common tug-o-war example, students are free to challenge themselves with forces acting from 3 or more directions which will require them to deduce the direction of the resultant force, based on the magnitude of the other forces acting. This ties in with an inquiry-based learning approach as students need to use their prior knowledge to predict the outcome of several situations involving forces of different magnitude. Students are able to be wholly engaged with the content. Students are also able to gain real-time feedback and alter their approach to achieve the correct answer over a limited period of time. An accompanying worksheet will allow for students to connect and justify their explanation of the results of the activity. This is an activity to help students to build on their literacy skills by at first describing what they did in the activity and then working towards a scientific explanation.
Jasmine Akkari's comment, October 28, 2013 2:11 AM
This resource is a great tool for visual learners and can assist in getting students engaged. This activity can be used at the beginning of a topic to introduce forces and may help to form understanding or it can be used after an explanation of tug-o-war to consolidate students understanding. The strengths of this activity lie in its ability to engage all learners by challenging them and allows learners to build on their literacy skills. Students may also benefit for adding numerical values to the forces acting to contribute to their scientific understanding. A weakness of this resource may be that it won’t work well for students under pressure however hopefully clear instructions can help to overcome this potential problem.