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    National Science Standards.

    California Science Standards.

    See also Research in Physics Education. for many research projects on student learning.

    Physics Supermarket for International Baccalaureate: study guides, problem sheets, lab notes.

    Project Galileo. Discusses and links to about 10 research-based curricula. By Harvard U.

    Arise. Leon Lederman's site about science for all, especially with physics first.

    CASTLE (Capacitor-Aided System for Teaching & Learning Electricity). Student-centered approach using capacitors to overcome misconceptions in electricityy.

    Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP). Charts, lesson plans, web activities show the physics of the past three decades.

    Center for Polymer Studies (CPS), at Boston University developes interdisciplinery materials for K-12 and undergraduate.

    C3P (Comprehensive Conceptual Curriculum for Physics). A curriculum that integrates video-based, inquiry-based, and lab-oriented materials.

    CPU (Constructing Physics Understanding). Laboratory and computer software to support learning in beginning physics. Samples on the web. By Goldberg at San Diego State University.

    MindsOn Physics, a one-year curriculum for high-school physics. It integrates topics traditionally taught at different times of the year for concept development and improved problem-solving. By U. Mass.

    The Modeling Workshop Project. Curriculum design and teaching methodology has been guided by a Modeling Theory.

    Project PhysLab. Computer assisted labs and lesson plans. By Lowell Herr.

    Physics Courseware Evaluation Project has produced an institute for high school teachers and Physics Academic Software, a peer-reviewed software publishing project.

    PRISMS (Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students). Activities are based on learning cycle and educational research. By UNI.

    Remote Access Astronomy Project was developed to allow undergraduates to work with satellite imaging data and a remotely-operated telescope.

    Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs emphasize hands-on and heads-on experience with simple mechanics experiments ans facilitate interactive engagement of students with course material. Many are on the web. By Richard Hake, Indiana U.

    Tools for Scientific Thinking and Workshop Physics programs. Students confront misconceptions through guided labs. By Sokoloff, U. Oregon, Priscilla Laws, Dickinson College, and Ron Thornton, Tufts U.

    Tutorials in Introductory Physics (A Research-Based Approach to Increasing Student Learning) is a supplementary curriculum of carefully sequenced activities and questions, and
    Physics by Inquiry is a set of laboratory-based modules designed to prepare teachers (K-12) to teach science as a process of inquiry. By Lillian McDermott, U. Washington.

    TYC Physics Workshop Project, a two-year college (TYC) physics faculty enhancement and curricul\ um development program.

    World Lecture Hall of Physics. List of many on-line courses in physics.

    World Lecture Hall of Physics. List of many on-line courses in astronomy.

    Blackboard, Inc. Take a course or create and post your own.


    Interactive Text - College Introductory. By Larry Gladney, U. Penn.

    Welcome to Zono Land. Interesting, multimedia tutorials on basic physics.

    Light and Matter. 6 introductory physics books on the web. Free if you want to download all of it! Also, can be bought in CD or printed version.

    Short reviews by a professor of a few textbooks.

    Errors in Physics Textbooks. Some compiled by the authors and some by readers.

    Heavy Books Light on Learning. Review (Jan., 1999) of Middle School science books by AAAS's Project 2061.

    Event-Symmetric Space-Time. A free electronic book of a story-teller's view of event symmetry.

    VinceNet's Relativity. Text with some illustrations, about special and general relativity.

    Syllabus. A magazine about technology and the classroom.

    Lesson Plans

    Knowledge, Integration, Environment (KIE). Using the web in inquiry learning in science for middle and high school. UC Berkeley.

    Exploratorium: links to good sites, inquiry, activities, etc.

    SBC lists of lesson plans/experiments, list of good sites.

    Big Chalk. Resources for teachers, students. Search by topic.

    Distance learning web sites.

    Teachers First. Lessons such as physics of baseball, use of bungee cord as fire escape. By non-profit Network for Instructional TV. Lessons reviewed for quality.

    Physics Lessons. Have to join to use the materials.

    Sites for Teachers. Links to many sites of lessons, resources.

    Lesson Plans Page. Lists of lesson plans/experiments.

    Newton's Apple. Lesson plans from the popular TV show. Search alphabetically and by topic.

    Teachers First lesson plans. Links to several sets of physics lesson plans.

    1996 Youth Science Forum. How to start students on science fair projects.

    NASA Resources for Educators.

    Discovery Channel. Lessons plans, links, resources for topics on the Discovery Channel.

    New York Times Learning Network. Daily lesson plans for current events. Old lessons are in archive.

    PBS TeacherSource Nova and other PBS programs have lesson plans. Search by age and subject.

    ERIC database. Collection of journal articles, lists of resources, and lesson plans by subject.

    Gateway to Educational Materials. Links to educational materials on websites. Search by subject, grade level, and key words.

    Cody's Science Education Zone. Anthony Cody is an Oakland science teacher leader - some lessons and many links.

    Blackboard, Inc. Take a course or create and post your own.


    See Students for help with physics problems.

    Physics Problems to challenge understanding, emphasizing concepts, and insight. By Donald Simanek.

    Fermi Questions. A collection of questions such as "How many piano tuners are there in New York City?". Made famous by Enrico Fermi, they use estimations to the nearest power of ten.


    Evaluations. Lists of tests available.

    Make tests, have students take it, and have it graded for you.