Direct Measurement Videos > Pedagogy

Pedagogic Underpinnings of Direct Measurement Videos

The video above illustrates the essence of Direct Measurement Videos and their application to teaching physics.

Direct Measurement Videos contain data that can be used to solve problems

Direct Measurement videos show situations that students can use to learn and apply physics concepts. Grids, rulers, and frame-counters are added as overlays on the video. These allow students to make precise measurements of quantities such as position and time, without needing additional video analysis software. Students use these quantities along with physics concepts to solve both open-ended and concrete problems

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Direct measurement video in a real-world setting

Direct Measurement Videos allow for engaged learning using both lab-based and real-world examples

As physicists, we analyze events using mathematical relationships, and as educators we would like our students to do the same. Video has the potential to help students visualize situations more clearly and show how physics concepts can apply to a variety of real-world situations. Videos can be exciting and engaging, which can increase student interest.
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Direct measurement video in a lab setting

Direct Measurement Videos have many applications in the physics classroom

This video collection is intended to be used to teach introductory physics mechanics at the high school or college level. There are several ways to integrate Direct Measurement Videos into your curriculum: as a replacement for word problems, as a way to verify physics concepts (such as conservation laws). They can also be used as open-ended questions for students to explore to help them develop problem solving skills.

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