The Small and Large Class Versions of NextGenPET

Next Gen PET small class Next Gen PET large class

To enable flexibility in implementation, in addition to choosing which units and modules to use, an instructor can choose between two versions of all the NextGenPET activiites, one for small classes and one for large classes.

In a small class, students spend the majority of their time with their group of 3-4 peers making predictions, performing experiments, drawing conclusions, answering questions in a workbook, and discussing their ideas both within their group and with the whole class. 

In a large class, students do similar things, but with three main differences: (1) in addition to doing experiments using simple materials at their desktops, they also watch videos of experiments to test their predictions and gather evidence for their ideas; (2) they respond to questions (using hand-held response devices or smart phones) to share ideas with the whole class; and (3) the instructor manages the class time through a set of PowerPoint slides that align with the future teachers’ class materials. The latter is necessary because the large class structure is typically used in courses that meet for 50 or 75 minutes, whereas the small class structure is normally used in classes that typically last twice as long. 

Both versions use the same extensive set of course online homework activities that reinforce classroom experiences. 

To see examples of both versions, click on one of the links below:

Developing Model of Magnetism
Interactions and Forces