Much of science and technology is neither obvious, nor visible to the naked eye. The flow of electric current and the function of DNA are examples of phenomena of profound importance that can only be understood in the abstraction of ideas. Visualization is the technology of making complex conceptual ideas real—by giving them form, sight, and sound. Learning research shows convincingly that students who understand a concept are far more ready to learn the formal content of science, such as mathematics. Unzipping the double helix of DNA and electric current are both concepts that can be made real through animation and visualization.

Animated diagrams

Animation in charts and diagrams shows relationships between mathematical representations (such as graphs) and the real world (such as the ErgoBot rolling up and down a ramp). The teacher uses a projected stop-frame to illustrate why the velocity starts negative then becomes positive when the car reaches the highest point and turns around. The student has the full animation in their e-Book so they can replay it while doing problems that solidify their understanding.

ErgoBot rolling up and down an inclined plane
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The science in technology

Most people recognize that there is science in technology, but many students do not appreciate how the science they are taught is applied to the technologies they use. Animation can take apart complex technologies and show how physics concepts, such as momentum conservation, are applied in technological design. For most students, this connection provides relevance that makes the difference between engagement and success in learning—and its undesirable opposite.

Teaching for maximum effectiveness

A well planned training leaves you confident that you know what to do. How many times have you tried in vain, however, to remember something when you finally get to use that cool new technique you learned the previous summer? Ergopedia specializes in creating engaging training videos that are “night-before” support for teachers. While there is no substitute for face-to-face training with an engaging instructor, video is a cost-effective and useful resource for teachers to brush up on both content and teaching techniques—as well as to learn quickly how to teach new content more effectively.

Videos for e-learning

The new Essential Physics curriculum features a rich e-Book with embedded videos and animations. All our videos are written, shot, edited, and produced in-house.  Our video productions are of the highest quality, pulling together all the features you expect:  content written and presented by our team of experts; close-ups of equipment and procedures; integrated graphics and animations to illustrate key concepts; and professional editing to make it all visually compelling.

Ergopedia's extensive video library

Ergopedia has produced more than 100 videos for education and training. Some videos have shorter content combined with interactional features, while other videos have extensive content lasting up to 30 minutes. We have also produced a series of training videos for educators, such as those introducing each investigation in A Natural Approach to Chemistry. More information, as well as additional previews of some of the videos in the Ergopedia library, can be found in Our Work. Watch a preview of the 24-minute video, Plate Tectonics, at right.