SPIN, a FREE web-based notebook created with funding by NSF, has 4
customizable lessons for data-focused investigations in Physics on Centripetal
Force, Ohm’s Law, Pendulums, and Impact. Teachers can also input their own
lessons into SPIN. One of the teachers who created the lessons in the notebook
will be presenting. During the first 30 minutes, presenters will give teachers
accounts in SPIN and show how students can use the notebook and the
metacognitive support features such as the Communication Hub, I’m Stuck button,
and SPAARC prompts. Experiences of teachers and students who have used SPIN will
be discussed. In the final 30 minutes, teachers will customize a lesson in SPIN
or input their own lessons with help from the presenters. By the end of the
session, teachers will be able to use SPIN effectively with the ability to share
the notebook with all of the teachers at their school. Use of SPIN is entirely
free and is found at https://spin.cehd.gmu.edu/login.
Teachers will learn how to use SPIN to download and edit a lesson from the Global Marketplace or create their own lesson in SPIN. Teachers who have used SPIN note that it has helped their students understand data practices explicitly.
Erin Barrett (Physics Teacher: Purcellville, VA), Erin Peters-Burton (George Mason University: Fairfax, VA)