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Abstract Title: Portable Labs and Smartphones in Introductory Physics Labs
Abstract: eTALK and MyTech are projects aimed at improving the traditional laboratory class experience.  Measurements are made by utilizing the students' laptops, smartphones, and tablets in place of the traditional, unfamiliar data probes.  eTALK focuses on using laptops and small equipment kits to facilitate high-quality lab experiments without the need for dedicated laboratory rooms.  Coupled with electronic communication and monitoring by teaching assistants, this allows for a completely portable or long-distance laboratory course without sacrificing an advantage of in-person classes, the synchronous instruction.  MyTech focuses on using the advanced capabilities of smartphones and simple, intuitive applications to allow students to collect data in laboratory exercises with devices they carry at all times.  eTALK and MyTech offer opportunities to improve student engagement and interest by using students' own devices, and to reduce equipment and labor costs as well as demand for laboratory space, while maintaining traditional laboratory standards.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: William R. Sams
North Carolina State University
900 E Six Forks Rd
Unit 504
Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone: 919-513-7214
and Co-Presenter(s)
Michael A. Paesler
Colleen Lanz