July 1-6, 2012
Physics educators, teachers, researchers, and policy makers from around the world will convene at the first World Conference on Physics Education. The conference was initiated by Groupe International de Recherche sur l’Enseignement de la Physique (GIREP) and the International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE) – Commission 14 of the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). It is being sponsored by GIREP, ICPE and the Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning (MPTL) group and endorsed by American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Latin American Physics Education Network (LAPEN) and the Asian Physics Education Network (AsPEN).
The vision for 2012 World Conference on Physics Education is to follow a global participative process before, during and after the conference. The Conference will be structured to help foster collaborations on physics education research and development, which can transcend national boundaries. The goal will be reached through working sessions which will develop action plans that strengthen the teaching and learning of physics at all levels and in many countries.
Monday, July 2
How Technology Will Disrupt Physics Education
Keynote Speaker: Robert Tinker
After a very short retrospective of educational technologies, Bob will focus on how our definition of physics needs to change as a result of technology: more focus on early conceptual learning, earlier emphasis on atoms, photons, and their interactions, and greatly increased use of student collaborative projects.