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PEER TEACHING ASSIGNMENT:
optical devices
THE TASK:   Groups of 3 (or less) will prepare a 25 minute presentation on one optical device.   The ultimate goal is to answer the question "How Does it Work?"

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE / GROUPS to be determined later

TOPICS:
  • The eye: normal operation
  • The eye: corrective procedures (such as eye glasses, laser eye surgery, cataract treatment etc)
  • Camera (conventional or digital)
  • Microscope
  • Binocular
  • Telescope
  • Holograms
  • Lasers
  • Night Vision Goggles
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (conventional TV or computer monitor)
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Projector
  • Fibre optics
  • other optical device or technology

    CONTENT:
    The focus of your teaching session should be: "How does it work?"     Include the following information:
  • Structure/construction of device
  • Sketch showing path of light through device.
  • How does it work? (in considerable detail, referring specifically to properties of light such as reflection, refraction, or critical angle)
  • Problems, special features or latest developments of the device.


  • THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THESE ELEMENTS:
  • #1.     TEACHING LESSON with VISUAL AIDS / DISPLAY:
    This will focus on providing information on the technical aspects of the type of optical device and may include a labelled poster, model or a labelled computer-generated diagram projected onto a screen using the LCD projector. A brief PowerPoint presentation must be included in your teaching lesson.

    This visual display is intended to accompany a brief (5 - 10 minute) discussion involving "how the optical device works".   Students must avoid reading large blocks of text from prepared notes or from the PowerPoint presentation.

  • #2.     CLASS 'ENGAGEMENT' ACTIVITY:     I want each group to include some activity which "engages" the class to (1) generate some interest (2) "engage" the class in active learning (rather than passive listening) and (3) involve every student directly.   One suggestion is to create a game such as "Jeopardy!", hangman, 'Who wants to be a millionaire.'  

  • #3.     HAND OUT PAGE FOR CLASS:   This will provide a record of the main features of your presentation, but may be in the form of a question / answer sheet, fill-in-the-blank sheet, crossword puzzle, a sketch to label etc.


    EVALUATION:
    Click here for group marking sheet.

    PROJECT DATES:
    -Topics assigned:   Friday, February 13
    -Room 111N computers: Thursday, September 19
    -Room 111N computers: Friday, September 20
    Presentation Dates:
    -These will begin on Monday, September 23rd to Thursday, September 26th   Presentation order will be determined by random draw.