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PhysTec Conference


Physics | Science and Mathematics Education


Current educational research shows that students achieve higher learning gains in science classrooms when interactive techniques are used. As a result, we are seeing more high schools and institutions of higher education adopt interactive courses. Unfortunately, it's difficult for future teachers to envision interactive science courses because their experience as students has been dominated by traditional lecture. New educators need to know what interactive science classrooms look like, so that they can model this experience in their own classrooms. The Real-time Instructor Observing Tool (RIOT), a computer application that allows an observer to quickly categorize classroom interactions, can help with this. In this workshop you will learn how the RIOT can be used as a professional development tool in courses supporting learning assistants, teaching assistants and pre-service teachers. Please bring a laptop or tablet if possible.


Access rights: © 2014 author. This presentation was delivered at the 2014 PhysTEC Conference in Austin, TX and is also available at this link: