iMecaProf (en): learning science with smartphones

This page presents our program.
Two websites provide all details and programs for students: 
french FR-Smartphones & Mécanique du Point
BYOD: 
do real physics experiments at home using smartphones 
and their embedded sensors (accelero, gyro, ...)


If the iPhone4 is "perfect for gaming" as said by Steve Jobs, it is also "perfect for doing science yourself"

Smartphones: 2 billion pocket labs to hack science education



Joseph Fourier University 
(UJF) in Grenoble offers an unconventional approach to studying physics. Classroom experiments feature a surprising, pocket-sized lab, the smartphone.
A student stands at the front of the classroom, slowly spinning a charger cable attached to an iPhone. This is a first-year physics class at UJF. The student is demonstrating the principles of mechanics through the pendulum experiment.
Physics professor Joël Chevrier introduced this new teaching method to UJF. For Chevrier, the fact that a smartphone has an accelerometer, a magnetometer, a gyroscope, two video cameras and a microphone makes it “a pocket-sized lab, perfect for studying oscillation, free fall and trajectory. Our lab facilities are more technologically advanced but my first-year students aren’t ready for the lab yet.”
While the student perfects his pendulum technique, the phone sends information to a computer that creates a pivot table with the data. This information is then projected onto the blackboard so that students can track the measurements and witness the principles of mechanics in real time. 
Chevrier credits the Iphysicslabs column of The Physics Teacher, the journal of the American Association of Physics Teachers. 

Professors at the University of Lyon and a group of French high school teachers are exploring other                     smartphone lab applications, among them lessons in acoustics, cartography and life sciences. The possibilities are endless. from http://www.letudiant.fr/educpros/actualite/the-dawn-of-digital-education.html



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