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Title of the Experience
Phisycs and cinema
Name of the teacher
Maria Olivotto
Country where it took place
School typology
High Secondary School
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
In order to make physics (in particular, mechanics) more enjoyable for students, I used movie clips with phenomena based on the physics laws they were supposed to study or, which was even better, movie clips that denied these same physics laws (Mission to Mars, Gravity, Armageddon). There are many websites on this theme:
These clips can be used in different ways, according to the school grade: you can tell the students that there is a mistake in a specific sequence and let them spot it, or let them set off in quest of the mistake; or, when a physics law is observed, you can start a discussion (a general discussion or in groups) over the phenomena.

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Date: 2014.11.06

Posted by Rafael Puig (Spain)

I think that it's a good idea. I am IT teacher and I usally use youtube movie clips for teaching difficult subjects.
When I use videos in the same way that my college from Italy sometimes in the video clip there is a mistake in a sequence and I use it for discussions among the classroom
The results are really interesting, students are more motivated and they understand better difficult concepts.


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