Going to the AAPT conference wasn’t all about my photo with Connie Willis. One of the best things about the conference is meeting and talking to all sorts of interesting people who are doing interesting things. I talked to some high school students who were presenting a poster on water purification, for example. I spoke with a woman who has been teaching kids to program some optics simulations using vpython. I learned about making stop-motion animation from Brian Gravel, of the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. You can read Rhett’s post about the software, SAM animation, at Dot Physics. I learned about video labs from a high school teacher who works with a Rutgers University professor. Dave Vernier of Vernier Software showed me how to use my LabPro equipment and a voltage probe to generate sine waves. And I had a great talk with Rhett from Dot Physics after a session on “clickers,” at which Stephanie Chasteen presented a talk. Stephanie is ScienceGeekGirl, and we had a good talk about technology and education over lunch on Saturday.
So the next step is following up on some of these conversations. I have some slips of paper covered with URL’s (that’s website addresses) to investigate (not sure where those are right now…), a small pack of business cards, and some sticky notes from WebAssign that I have a few notes written on. Somehow I missed getting the contact information from the Department of Energy woman I talked to, but I might be able to find her another way. I also still have a business card from last year’s winter meeting, in Baltimore, which I still have not followed up.
Well, that is the way things go. Here I am, blogging about these people but not contacting them, and I will now go and finish grading a batch of tests I have, but I won’t send e-mails tonight. Maybe this weekend I will do that. Maybe.
By the way, did you notice? Stephanie is wearing a shirt from xkcd!