Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Inspire the Physicists of Tomorrow with Graphical Data Investigations

Photo of instructors doing ball toss experiment at Vernier's STEM institute

Getting students to understand graphical data can be challenging for even the most seasoned physics teacher. To many students, graphs and other forms of data seem intimidating, abstract, and hard to connect to anything in day-to-day life.

It doesn’t have to be hard to get students to engage with data, even when teachers face time and resource constraints.

In this virtual workshop, David Carter, STEM Training Director for Vernier Software & Technology, will outline how implementing data-collection technology into your classroom will help students better understand scientific concepts. David will also introduce participants to investigations that help students interact with physics concepts. The “Graphing Your Motion” investigation, for example, uses a motion detector to help students see the correlation between their motion to graphical data. This virtual workshop will highlight

  • Importance of data-collection technology
  • How to incorporate data collection in the classroom
  • Experiment ideas that are aligned to the NGSS framework

About the Presenter

As a former middle school science and algebra teacher at the Westminster School in Nashville, Tennessee, and a physics instructor at the University of Mississippi, David Carter understands the unique needs of educators. He enjoys working alongside educators to showcase the benefits of incorporating hands-on, sensor-based learning into their classrooms to deepen student comprehension and improve test scores.

Today, as the STEM Training Director at Vernier, he leads the ‘train the trainer’ program for our professional development workshop presenters. He continues to bring his experience from the classroom to assist teachers in implementing the latest Vernier technology in their own classrooms.

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