We’re using Pivot Interactives to explore the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration. I opted for this because a) I am loving Pivot Interactives and so are my students! And b) It’s a time saver. We make great progress even with 48 min class periods... And c) EVERY student is collecting their own data and comparing with their peers. That part was pretty great.
Now that I have integrated several of their activities into my classroom throughout the past few months, I have realized that Pivot Interactives is different than any instructional resource I have seen. As a result, I cannot help but share some of my own experiences, useful things to know about this resource, and encourage you to give it a look. Whether you are searching for ways to make your assessments more authentic, develop lab skills, or increase opportunity for meaningful science investigation, I am confident you will find value in this resource for your classroom.
And Pivot Interactives saves the day. I half-succeeded in setting up a longitudinal standing wave on a slink in class as a demo, but certainly not useful for a lab. But that’s OK ‘cause there’s a Pivot for that!My feelings on Pivot Interactives in perpetuity: ...take my money!
I really liked the the results from today’s circular motion activity. I felt like the data from Pivot Interactives allowed for my class to draw much clearer conclusions than in the past.
Pivot Interactives donated subscriptions to our entire physics class after Hurricane Maria to support our efforts to get back to normal. Thanks to these labs, this week physics students have been able to collect data on static electricity, a phenomenon not able to be measured in our humid conditions. These interactive labs have proved so helpful we will be implementing them into our regular program.
Because we have only 4.5 hours of class time each week, being able to do interactive lab work outside of class gives the kids — especially AP Physics 1 students — more experimental design and data analysis experience. We use Pivot for an AP Physics C E&M Coulomb’s law lab, and for honors and AP Physics 1 students to use at home to see how the models we’re learning do (or don’t) apply to real-life situations. I also use Pivot for labs where cheap equipment won’t get the job done, but I don’t have the money to buy enough expensive lab setups, such as for circular motion. The most common student comment when using Pivot Interactives: This is really cool!
So what I get for $5/seat is a ready-to-go high quality AP-level, data-driven, good lab practice, in-browser experience. It has been a really great lab experience for my AP physics students to add to the normal hands on lab stuff. I also use the videos to teach topics as well.
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