Last Thursday was parents night, and for those who are interested, I’ve included a video of the presentation I give.
Here is a quicktime video of the actual keynote presentation—notice I’ve used some of Dan’s awesome ninja tricks from Keynote camp.
If you’re interested in the original keynote file, I’ve zipped it up and linked it here (be warned—it’s 280MB).
I also managed to borrow a second projector and run a continuous loop of student feedback.
I generated this feedback by asking students to complete this brief weekly feedback assignment on Webassign.
Overall, I think the presentation went very well. I received a lot of compliments from parents, and even a few emails the next day. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have as well.
However, all of this work has me thinking—if my class really is about learning through experience, why in the world do I introduce it to parents with a 20 minute lecture? Next year, I’m thinking of taking Frank’s idea and simply giving them a link to a video of me giving a presentation, and instead of lecturing for 20 minutes, actually get them involved in a experiment that their kids have done. I think this could be far more powerful for helping parents to understand the type of environment we’re looking to create in this physics class.