Fall 2021 Virtual Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT

"Physics Lessons from the Pandemic"

October 22-23, 2021


We are pleased to invite you to attend the Fall 2021 meeting of the Illinois sections of the AAPT. Join us by Zoom to learn more about physics, discover new tools and techniques for teaching physics, and share your experiences via contributed presentations and Take Fives.

Submit your abstracts for contributed presentations.

Register to attend this virtual meeting, hosted by Zak Knott of Joliet Central High School.

Illinois section members may pay their membership dues online.

Online resources courtesy of Department of Physics, University of Illinois

Attendees - Click on the tabs to see the details

List of Presentations - Click on the tabs to see the details

Full Program or download the PDF file

Invited Speaker - Friday, Oct. 22, 3:45 pm

Rebecca Vieyra

Associate Director of Global Initiatives

PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder

"What’s new from PhET Interactive Simulations?"

PhET Interactive Simulations’ open-access resources for teaching math and science have been a critical tool for educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. In some countries, the use of PhET simulations has increased by more than 500% since the start of the pandemic, and PhET simulations are now used more than 250 million times a year.

During this presentation, learn about PhET resources and tools that can support online and blended learning, including new and upcoming HTML5 sims, remote learning tips, desktop and mobile apps, NGSS alignment documents, virtual workshops, and the new PhET Global initiative, including the PhET Fellowship.

Rebecca has graciously shared the slides that she showed. Here they are as a PDF file. Below is a recording of her presentation.


"Going deeper with PhET Interactive Simulations" - Saturday, October 23, 10:15 am

PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive simulations and virtual labs for science and math learning. PhET simulations are teaching tools that can support conceptual learning and skill development, but they are most effective when used in a teaching context that makes use of evidence-based, student-centered teaching and learning practices. This workshop will be tailored based on attendees’ interests and needs.

During this workshop, participants may spend time collaboratively designing an activity sequence using PhET’s suggested strategies (whole-class inquiry, clicker questions and Peer Instruction, Interactive Lecture Demonstrations) and guidelines for effective worksheet creation (including pre-labs, challenge prompts, and post-labs).

Additionally, time can be available to explore some of the often overlooked resources on the PhET website, including HTML5 prototypes, remote learning tips, desktop and mobile apps, NGSS alignment documents, virtual workshops, and more.

Recordings from this meeting

Friday presentations:

Saturday presentations:

Host - Zak Knott, mlundsga@illinois.edu

This webpage - Andrew Morrison, amorriso@jjc.edu