It had been over a month since I created a Prezi so off I went…
Physics teachers are invited to “Make a Copy” of my Google Doc for this endeavor. I have been doing this activity for many years, however, it was not exactly following the GEM format. Consequently, I added a level of complexity that involved “discrepant information” which created an opportunity for students to test a new hypothesis relating Force to Separation Distance. I also added a question at the end of this activity that provided a “new case” for students to contemplate.
Overall, I think the new version of my project is significantly more complex. My concern is that Grade 11 students will fold like cheap tents, as the original version already caused many a headache for many a student. However, this new GEM-ized version, allows students to be uncomfortable and creative. Finishing this activity will undoubtedly make them feel like they have conquered a mountain!
Should anyone have any additional scaffolding ideas, please shoot them my way. (I appreciate that you may need a physics background in order to do this, however.)