The In-Service scheduled to be held in the Term 1 holidays was cancelled due to the coronavirus. As a replacement the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network ran a webinar on Friday, 10th July. The purpose of the webinar was to support teachers with the changed circumstances of 2020, in particular the adjusted curriculum and the changes to assessment.

The program should also be of interest to experienced teachers.

Support documents prepared for the webinar are listed below.

For One hour PD on Practical Investigations held on 5th August

Webinar Program for 10th July

9:30am Teaching the Areas of Study 1 and 2 of Unit 4

These two Areas of Study are linked conceptually. So while there have been deletions of dot points from both, some thought needs to be given to the background from AoS 1 that supports the ideas in AoS2, for example particle-wave duality and whether some aspects of the deleted dot points need to be covered. This session will discuss the issue. It will also look at a possible timeline to cover for Unit 4. Presented by Dr Barbara McKinnon, Kew High School

10:00am Practical Activities and the Practical Investigations in Units 2 and 4

i) What are some of the practical activities that can be done in Unit 2 and the modified Unit 4?

ii) Managing the Practical Investigations in 2020, keeping in mind that this Year 11 students will be doing the current course in 2021. Different strategies will be discussed for generating topics, supervising the experimental component, compiling a poster and assessing the task.

iii) Guide to reporting on data and data analysis.

11:30am Possible Assessment Tasks for Units 2 and 4 and Strategies for the Unit 2 Detailed Studies

12:30pm Finish

Webinar Presentations

Teaching Areas of Study 1 and 2 of Unit 4 in 2020 2.44 MB pptx

This is the Powerpoint for the opening session presented by Dr Barbara McKinnon from Kew High School. Check the program on this webpage for details of the content.

Data and Data Analysis in Practical Investigations (with extra material) 190 kB pptx

This is the Powerpoint for the third section of the session on ‘Practical Activities and Practical Investigations in Units 2 and 4’. It was presented by Dr Barbara McKinnon from Kew High School. Now includes additional material.

Creating Assessments that are not Tests 1.94 MB pptx

This is the Powerpoint for the final session of the program on ‘Assessment tasks for Units 2 and 4’. It was presented by Jane Coyle from St Columba’s College.

Practical Activities for Unit 4 Waves and Light 444 kB pdf

A pdf of prac activities for Waves and Light Area of Study prepared by Rachael Gore from Albert Park College.

Webinar Videos

Teaching Areas of Study 1 and 2 of Unit 4 in 2020 142 MB mp4

Video extract from the webinar held on 10th July, 2020 by Dr Barbara McKinnon, Kew High School.

Prac Ideas for Areas of Study 1 and 2 of Unit 4 133 MB mp4

Video extract from the webinar held on 10th July, 2020 of a panel discussion with Jane Coyle, Rachael Gore and Paul Walters.

Prac Ideas for Motion in Unit 2 56.2 MB mp4

Video extract from the webinar held on 10th July, 2020 of a panel discussion with Jane Coyle, Rachael Gore and Paul Walters.

Reporting of data and Data analysis 229 MB mp4

Video extract from the webinar held on 10th July, 2020 of a presentation by Dr Barbara McKinnon, Kew High School.

Managing Practical Investigations in 2020 295 MB mp4

Video extract from the webinar held on 10th July, 2020 of a panel discussion with Jane Coyle, Rachael Gore and Paul Walters.

Assessment Tasks for Units 2 and 4 207 MB mp4

Video extract from the webinar held on 10th July, 2020 of a presentation by Jane Coyle with comments from Rachael Gore and Paul Walters.

Measurement, Uncertainty and Describing Data 844 kB ppt

Updated version on Dr Barbara McKinnon’s powerpoint on data and data analysis.

Webinar Support documents

Beginning Teachers’ Resource Package 2020 314 kB pdf

A 34 page booklet with the following Table of Contents: I) A list of practical activities for each Area of Study and most options, ii) Course planning of week by week programs for Units 1 & 2 and for Units 3 & 4, iii) CUPs activities for physics, iv) Misconceptions, v) Titles of still current news items from Vicphysics News.

List of Practical and Online Activities for Semester 2 in 2020 65.2 kB pdf

An 8 page document listing activities for each Area of Study in Units 2 and 4 for 2020.

Youtube Demonstrations for Unit 4 25.2 kB pdf

Some of the practical work and demonstrations that you would like to do for Unit 4 requires expensive equipment. These Youtube demonstrations effectively convey the physics ideas.

Assessment Tasks on Vicphysics Website 28.2 kB pdf

The Vicphysics website has several assessment tasks of different styles and in different areas. This document lists the different styles with examples of each plus a detailed description of each style taken from the more detailed version of VCAA’s Advice for Teachers.

Student Booklet for Unit 4 Practical Investigation in 2020 107 kB pdf

This is a modified version of the EPI Booklet to suit the adjusted Study Design in 2020. It is a 14 page booklet for students that covers topic selection, formulating a plan, taking measurements, analysing data and assembling a poster or writing a report.

VCE Physics Practical Work Handbook 579 kB pdf

This is a handbook for students, it is a guide to reporting on practical work. It outlines what should be includes in each section of a report as well as information on how to analyse and present data. There is an assessment rubric at the end. The document has 21 pages. It was prepared by Dr Barbara McKinnon, Kew High School

Unit 4 Teaching Plan 29 kB docx

A teaching plan prepared by Dr Barbara McKinnon, Kew High School with links to applets.

Worksheet on Interference of Light 144 kB doc

A 4 page worksheet to explore the Interference of Light in a qualitative way from the American Modeling Teachers’ Association.

Resources from the Vicphysics Webinar 2020 29.2 kB pdf

A compilation of the useful suggestions from the webinar discussions and chatroom comments.

Logbook Sample 1 2.72 MB pdf

A logbook sample – seven pages of the logbook from a student in previous years.

Logbook Sample 2 2.58 MB pdf

A logbook sample – nine pages of the logbook from a student in previous years.

Spreadsheet of sample data with analysis 80 kB xlsx

Typical data from an investigation of a basketball bounce is fully analysed and annotated as an a example.

Also check out the webpage on EPIs and Practical Activities for information on planning documents, possible topics, poster templates and assessment rubrics plus lots of tips.

One hour PD on Practical Investigations

Vicphysics held a network meeting at 6:00pm on Wednesday, 5th August. There were over 40 participants. The forum discussed aspects of recording, processing and analysing data in practical investigations, with the aim of producing resources that are useful to current teachers and/or students of VCE in 2020.

There was an exciting range of ideas shared.  Many aspects were covered including: Possible topics, phone apps, sources of secondary data, timelines, authentication, etc. These have been summarised in the document below. The document has links to various webpages on this website that will be useful for Practical Investigations. These include: Online Teaching and Learning, EPIs and Practical Activities and Apps, Applets and Spreadsheets.

Summary of Discussion on Practical Investigations in 2020 36.2 kB pdf