Students are quickly engaged by these high‑production‑quality videos of hard‑to‑replicate phenomena.
Pivot Interactives is a powerful supplement to hands‑on experimentation, allowing students to vary experimental parameters one at a time to view results from a set of many recordings of the same experiment. Students make measurements and analyze their data directly within the online environment.
- Pre-lab exercises
- Lab skills assessment
- Chromebook™ classrooms
- Flipped classroom learning
- Credit recovery
- Substitute teacher days
- Homeschooled students
- Explore and build knowledge as they design experiments online.
- Supplement hands-on learning with interactive videos that can be analyzed in the classroom or at home.
- Discover the beautiful patterns and relationships that underlie everyday physical phenomena.
- Take measurements using rulers, protractors, and stopwatches, and then graph that data in the online app.
- Create experiments by selecting parameters in Pivot Interactives, such as the mass of the object or the frequency of a wave.
- Augment hands-on learning with interactive videos to teach concepts in physics.
- Use Pivot Interactives for formative and summative assessment.
- Assign pre-made Interactives to students or author new ones.
- Provide feedback to students through Pivot Interactives.
- Matrices (or libraries) of videos for each topic in introductory physics
- Interactive measurement tools
- Time-lapse, slow-motion, multi-camera-angle, and drone videography
- Library of classroom-ready experiments (with teacher guides)
- Teacher-modifiable experiments
- Grading and feedback tools
- Web-based access on computer, tablet, or phone
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who developed Pivot Interactives?
- Pivot Interactives was developed by a physics teacher, Peter Bohacek, at Henry Sibley High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bohacek, along with colleague Matt Vonk, developed Pivot Interactives to help students understand physics concepts that are often difficult or impossible to set up in the classroom.
- Does Pivot Interactives include the K–12 science and engineering practices of NGSS and other newly adopted state standards?
- Most Pivot Interactives videos require students to do one or more of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:
- Asking Questions and Defining Problems
- Developing and Using Models
- Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
- Analyzing and Interpreting Data
- Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
- Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
- Engaging in Argument from Evidence
- Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
- How is it possible that I can change something (like the mass of an object) in a video?
- Each Pivot Interactive activity includes a set of videos that are all very similar except that one experimental parameter is changed. This gives students freedom to chart their own path as they explore and investigate the activity.
- Will Pivot Interactives work on Chromebooks?
- Yes, Pivot Interactives works on Chromebooks.
- Will Pivot Interactives work on iPads?
- All Pivot Interactives features can be used on iPad.
- Will Pivot Interactives work on iPhones?
- Students can use Pivot Interactives on their phones. Since iPhones default to fullscreen when playing video, students will use the scrub bar on the bottom of the video to navigate the video when counting frames or positioning video.
- Are all the videos about physics?
- Yes, for now. Look for chemistry and biology topics next year.
- Can I upload my own videos to Pivot Interactives?
- We are exploring video upload by teachers and students as an upcoming feature.
- Are Pivot Interactives simulations?
- Like a simulation, Pivot Interactives allows students to explore scientific concepts and change variables. However, Pivot Interactives is better for student learning than simulations because they’re real—real scientific phenomena and authentic data.
All events shown in Pivot Interactives are high-resolution video. This allows you to see exactly how science applies to real-world situations.
- How does Pivot Interactives compare with PhET Science Simulations?
- When your students learn science with Pivot Interactives, they’ll know that it’s real video, not a drawing or a simulation. Your students will learn from authentic physical phenomena and uncover critical concepts in science.
- When do the subscriptions begin and expire?
- Subscriptions begin after we invoice the order, which also includes verifying instructor status. It can take up to two business days. High school subscriptions end 12 months after the order invoice date. University subscriptions end 6 months after the order invoice date.
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