Authentic Learning with Newton’s First Law

How do you know when students have mastered a concept? Educators can assess a student’s knowledge with a paper and pencil test, but this method has a weakness: students may recognize the correct answer on a written test, but still lack understanding of how the concept applies in the real world. Rather than a paper test, it can be more effective to have students demonstrate their knowledge by teaching it to others.

The MAET summer cohort worked with this concept by creating videos that demonstrate Newton’s First Law. Take a look at this video made by myself and my classmates Du Bui and Denise Crudup, Team Los Triángulos, to demonstrate how an object in motion will stay in motion.


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