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Direct Measurement Videos are short, high-quality videos of real events that allow students to easily explore physical phenomena. Many of the videos are paired with classroom-ready activities that integrate videos into the introductory mechanics curriculum.

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Provenance: Peter Bohacek
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Video library - Over 60 videos for teaching introductory mechanics

Activity library - Accompanying classroom-ready exercises

Student video library - Provides student access to all videos without links to instructor materials and solutions

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Provenance: Image and video by Peter Bohacek
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Water Jetpack[creative commons]
Provenance: Image and video by Peter Bohacek
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Gen2 DMV Player in Limited Release
Users may have noticed that we've been slowly introducing a new version of DMV Player for some videos. New features include floating tools that can be selected and positioned by the user, and a new stopwatch. The stopwatch displays time in seconds and frames so students don't have to convert frames to seconds, and allows students to set the stopwatch to zero more...

Using Direct Measurement Video for Rotation in AP Physics 1
"I'd like to share a tool with you I've just fallen in love with: Direct Measurement Video," writes Martha Lietz, AP Physics teacher, blogger, and member of the AP Physics Development Committee, in an article posted on her blog. more...

New Activity: Physics Face-off
The Physics Face-off is a lively, team-based activity where students use Direct Measurement Videos to learn science practices described in the NGSS and AP curriculum. more...

Direct Measurement Videos are featured in two new physics MOOCs
MIT and Boston University are finding new and innovative ways to integrate Direct Measurement Video into online instruction, allowing over 15,000 students to learn how to use the videos. more...

Peter Bohacek, Henry Sibley High School, peter.bohacek@isd197.org


Matthew Vonk, University of Wisconsin - River Falls

Ellen Iverson, Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College

Karin Kirk
, Freelance educational writer

Learn more about this team and the Direct Measurement Video project.


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