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Tips for Getting Funding to use Pivot Interactives

We know that budgets vary widely from school to school, and in many cases teachers don’t have access to funding to purchase subscriptions to Pivot Interactives. But we’ve heard from teachers who have been successful in finding funding to use Pivot Interactives. The purpose of this posting is to share these ideas in hopes that they’ll be helpful to other teachers.

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Peter Bohacek
Meet the Pivot Interactives Chemistry Teacher Fellows 2018 Cohort

When we began developing our new chemistry content, we knew we’d need a team of experienced and innovative chemistry teachers to help test and refine new ideas and methods. Being not wholly unfamiliar with the notion of paying for people to be our friends, we convened the Pivot Interactives Chemistry Teacher Fellows program. Here’s our 2018-19 cohort,

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Peter Bohacek
Using Pivot Interactives Instead of Word Problems

While some of the activities in Pivot Interactives are intended to be in-depth explorations or model-discovery activities, others are meant for short in-class activities where students apply a physics concept to a concrete example. These are a valuable part of my teaching tool kit: several times per week students will work on an activity like this as an alternative to a word problem. Here are some examples.

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Peter Bohacek
Flipped Labs? Yes!

We're developing a method using Pivot Interactives that retains the open-ended discovery aspects of inquiry-based labs, and focuses instructional time on the parts students find most challenging: experimental design and data analysis/model discovery.

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Peter Bohacek
Chemistry with Video? Turns out, Yes.

When we began working with interactive video, we imagined it would be best suited for physics. Now, as we launch our new chemistry content, we wonder whether interactive video is even better suited to chemistry than it is to physics. Here are the unique affordances of using interactive video for chemistry:

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Peter Bohacek
Teaching Rotation Using Pivot Interactives

While many teachers have developed demonstrations for one- or two-dimensional kinematics, dynamics, energy, and collisions, not everyone has a complete collection of activities for students to use to learn how to apply these concepts to objects in rotation. Pivot Interactives development has been driven partially by our desire to improve outcomes for our own students, so it is no surprise that we’ve made lots of useful and effective activities for learning rotation. 

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Peter Bohacek
Authentic Assessment with Pivot Interactives

When developing Pivot Interactives, one of our goals was to streamline the practice and assessment of skills that go beyond solving standard word problems. With Pivot Interactives, students quickly make their own measurements of real events, and then transition to critical thinking  and learning how to apply models. We've been using about one of these activities per week, as our class transitions away from paper-and-pencil word problems, toward interactive video as our medium for practice and assessment.

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