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Science teaching ideas, videos, and education research, from the team at Pivot Interactives.

Develop Models First! Vocabulary Later!

As teachers, we want science to mean more than a list of terms and definitions that students memorize. We want our students to develop powerful mental models for scientific concepts. Pivot Interactives lets students actively engage with phenomenon, even when students have limited prior knowledge of a new concept. Using interactive video, students can make measurements, observations, and change parameters to look for patterns, using their own observations to build scientific models.

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Peter Bohacek
Seeing the Greenhouse Effect

The greenhouse effect is a central mechanism in climate change. Although many students have heard the phrase, few understand the underlying causes of the greenhouse effect. What combination of factors cause the greenhouse effect to warm earth’s atmosphere? We’ve developed a quick demo that uses an infrared camera to demonstrate how different gases block infrared light.

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Peter Bohacek
The Story of the Truck Canaries (also, a Drone in a Box)

There is a classic physics riddle where a truck driver claims is to have found a way to lighten his load while hauling a cargo of canaries. By banging on the side, he startles the birds so they fly inside the truck, making the truck lighter than when the birds sit on the floor of the cargo compartment. To explore this, we used a remote control drone in a sealed box. But we found surprising results.

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Peter Bohacek
Video Analysis with Pivot Interactives

Teachers told us the most important features they wanted in video analysis. We listened, and we built it. Students can take video straight from a cellphone into Pivot Interactives, and then do their analysis using iPad, Chromebook, Windows or Mac. New calibration tools make it a snap to calibrate the rulers to match the video.

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Peter Bohacek
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