Loo Kang Lawrence Wee

Loo Kang Lawrence Wee
Ministry of Education, SIngapore | MOE · Educational Technology Division

Masters of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering

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Introduction
@lookang A lead specialist at the Ministry of Education (MOE), Education Technology Division (ETD), Singapore. His current research focuses on designing Easy JavaScript Simulation computer models, and Tracker video analysis and modeling for physics education. Multi award recipient of 2020 Excellence in Physics Education Award from American Physical Society, 2015 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education and several MOE innergy awards for innovation.
Additional affiliations
January 2014 - present
Ministry of Education
Position
  • Lead Specialist
January 2011 - present
Ministry of Education, SIngapore
Position
  • Senior Specialist
July 2007 - December 2010
Ministry of Education, SIngapore
Position
  • Education Technology Officer
Education
January 2005 - June 2007
National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore
Field of study
  • Instructional Design and Educational Technology
June 1999 - June 2000
National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore
Field of study
  • Mathematics, Physics
April 1990 - April 1994
National University of Singapore
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering

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We develop an Easy Java Simulation (EJS) model for students to experience the physics of idealized one-dimensional collision carts. The physics model is described and simulated by both continuous dynamics and discrete transition during collision. In the field of designing computer simulations, we discuss briefly three pedagogical considerations suc...
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This paper reports the use of Tracker as a pedagogical tool in the effective learning and teaching of projectile motion in physics. When computer model building learning processes is supported and driven by video analysis data, this free Open Source Physics (OSP) tool can provide opportunities for students to engage in active inquiry-based learning...
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This article presents the customization of EJS models, used together with actual laboratory instruments, to create an active experiential learning of measurements. The laboratory instruments are the vernier caliper and the micrometer. Three computer model design ideas that complement real equipment are discussed in this article. They are 1) the sim...
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This paper reports a computer model- simulation created using Easy Java Simulation (EJS) for learners to visualize how the steady-state amplitude of a driven oscillating system varies with the frequency of the periodic driving force. The simulation shows (N=100) identical spring-mass systems being subjected to (1) periodic driving force of equal am...
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This paper reports the use of Tracker as a pedagogical tool in supporting effective learning and teaching of toss up and free fall motion for beginning grade 9 students. This is a case study with (N=123) students of express-pure physics classes in a mainstream school in Singapore where we used a 8 multi-choice questions as a proxy to assess learnin...
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Smartphones are widely available and used extensively by students worldwide. These phones often come equipped with high-quality cameras that can be combined with basic optical elements to build a cost-effective DIY spectrometer. Here, we discuss a series of demonstrations and pedagogical exercises, accompanied by our DIY diffractive spectrometer th...
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Smartphones are widely available and used extensively by students worldwide. These phones often come equipped with high-quality cameras that can be combined with basic optical elements to build a cost-effective DIY spectrometer. Here, we discuss a series of demonstrations and pedagogical exercises, accompanied by our DIY diffractive spectrometer th...
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In this paper we introduce the new and planned features of Easy Java/JavaScript Simulations (EJS) to support Learning Analytics (LA) and Educational Data Mining (EDM) research and practice in the use of simulations for the teaching and self-learning of natural sciences and engineering. Simulations created with EJS can now be easily embedded in a po...
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Our smartphone is a powerful internet connected computer packed with internal sensors that measure sound, light, acceleration and magnetic field strength. Physics teachers can use them as measurement devices to do science and promote joy of learning. Several other research has shown the benefits of using smartphone for teaching and learning physics...
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Easy JavaScript Simulations (EjsS) is a popular and powerful authoring toolkit for the creation of open source HTML5 compliant JavaScript simulations. This paper focuses on developing a Learning Analytics extension in Moodle for EjsS, capable of monitoring interactions with the simulation (e.g. mouse clicks, states of buttons and sliders, variable...
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Easy Java/JavaScript Simulations, EjsS, is a modelling and authoring tool that allows teachers to create, adapt and share instructional simulations in Java or JavaScript. EjsS transforms a high-level specification of a physics simulation into code that uses the latest technological advances. This presentation focuses on the EjsS functionality to ge...
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This paper looks at the increasing popularity of massive open and online courses (MOOCs) and open educational resources (OERs) offered in Singapore. Despite being a relatively new phenomenon, the Singapore government has collaborated with different organizations to improve the quality and accessibility of MOOCs, and many institutions of higher lear...
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Physics simulations are widely used to improve the learning process in science and engineering education. Deployment of a computational physics simulation/model is extremely complex given the fact that both knowledge and skills for the science equations and the computational and programming aspects are required for a fully functional simulation, ty...
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This paper explains ongoing blended learning research to address awareness of Gerontology and global aging. This study established an Aging Simulation protocol mediated by blended learning technology tools for university students. Qualitative pre-event survey data and post-event reflection data was collected and analyzed by a gerontology center res...
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This paper explains ongoing blended learning research to address awareness of Gerontology and global aging. This study established an Aging Simulation protocol mediated by blended learning technology tools for university students. Qualitative pre-event survey data and post-event reflection data was collected and analyzed by a gerontology center res...
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The study is about a basic shadow experiment, which was enriched with a simulation to understand the reasoning of participants when we use a trick. Two light sources create an umbra and penumbra behind the objects. With this experiment, we asked what would happen when the penumbras interact. Most of the participants predicted the correct solution,...
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This paper shares my journey (tools used, design principles derived and modeling pedagogy implemented) when creating electronic books-chapters (epub3 format) for computers and tablets using Easy Java/JavaScript Simulations, (old name EJS, new EjsS) Modeling Tool. The theory underpinning this work grounded on learning by doing through dynamic and in...
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This paper examined how the Open Source Physics at Singapore learning community of teachers, loosing connected as creators, adapters and users, is projected to be able to self sustain, through the 3Ps scaling-up framework, of Product, Process and People. References were made to another project called WiMVT Web-based iMVT and now known as Collaborat...
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This paper argues for reforming National Examination using a three prong approach and they are 1) monitoring examinations where issues of politics, practicality, security, fairness, accessibility etc. are addressed while enhancing test items with multimedia (animation and sound ) technologies 2) coordinating playful and stimulating teaching and lea...
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This paper reports the use of Tracker as a computer-based learning tool to support effective learning and teaching of ‘toss up’ and free fall motion for beginning secondary three (15 year-old) students. The case study involved (N = 123) students from express pure physics classes at a mainstream school in Singapore. We used eight multiple-choice que...
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This paper aims to share the use of Tracker a free open source video analysis and modeling tool that is increasingly used as a pedagogical tool for the effective learning and teaching of Physics for Grade 9 Secondary 3 students in Singapore schools to make physics relevant to the real world. We discuss the pedagogical use of Tracker, guided by the...
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Teaching Robotics is about empowering students to create and configure robotics devices and program computers to nurture in students the skill sets necessary to play an active role in society. The robot in Figure 1 focuses on the design of scaffolds and physical assembly methods, coupled with a computer logic program to make that makes it move or b...
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Multimedia engages an audience through a combination of text, audio, still images, animation, video, or interactivity-based content formats. Along this vein, free platforms have been seen to allow budding enthusiasts to create multimedia content. For example, Google sites (Wee, 2012b) offer creative opportunities in website development that enable...
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This paper traces the importance of pedagogical content knowledge in the digital age to prepare today students for the 21st century. It highlights the need for ICT-based pedagogical models that are grounded in both the learning theories of constructivism and connectivism. One such suitable ICT-based pedagogical model is the TSOI Hybrid Learning Mod...
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We will share on the use of Tracker as a pedagogical tool in the effective learning and teaching of physics performance tasks taking root in some Singapore Grade 9 (Secondary 3) schools. We discuss the pedagogical use of Tracker help students to be like scientists in these 6 to 10 weeks where all Grade 9 students are to conduct a personal video ana...
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eduLab (MOE, 2012b) is a key programme under the third MasterPlan for ICT in Education (mp3) where teachers with good ideas for an ICT-enhanced lesson or curriculum (learning with computer models through inquiry, example PhET (PhET, 2011) can come together to collaborate. eduLab aims to support teachers to develop, prototype and test-bed their less...
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Science simulations are popular among educators as such simulations afford for multiple visual representation and interactivity. Despite the popularity and abundance on the internet, our literature review suggested little research has been conducted on the use of simulation in elementary school. Thus, an exploratory pilot case study was conducted t...
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This invited paper discusses why Physics performance task by grade 9 students in Singapore is worth participating in for two reasons; 1) the video analysis and modeling are open access, licensed creative commons attribution for advancing open educational resources in the world and 2) allows students to be like physicists, where the K12 science educ...
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This paper is on customization of computer models using the Easy Java Simulation authoring toolkit for the Singapore syllabus, based on real astronomical data, supported with literature reviewed researched pedagogical features. These 4 new computer models serves to support the enactment of scientific work that are inquiry centric and evidence based...
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Open Source Physics (Brown, 2012; Christian, 2010; Esquembre, 2012; Hwang, 2010) empowers teachers and students to create and use these free tools with the associated intellectual property rights given to customise (Wee & Mak, 2009) the computer models/tools to suit their teaching and learning needs. Open Source Physics (OSP) focuses on design of c...
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Studying physics of very large scale like the solar system is difficult in real life, using telescope on clear skies over years. We are probably a world first to create four well designed gravity computer models to serve as powerful pedagogical tools for students active inquiry, based on real data. These models are syllabus customized, free and rap...
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We develop an Easy Java Simulation (EJS) model for students to visualize Newtons 1st and 3rd laws, using frictionless constant motion equation and a spring collision equation during impact. Using Physics by Inquiry instructional (PbI) strategy, the simulation and its problem based inquiry worksheet aim to enhance learning of these two Newtonian con...
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We develop an Easy Java Simulation (EJS) model for students to visualize geostationary orbits near Earth, modeled using Java 3D implementation of the EJS 3D library. The simplified physics model is described and simulated using simple constant angular velocity equation. Four computer model design ideas such as 1) simple and realistic 3D view and as...
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With the interactivity and multiple representation features, computer simulations lend itself to the guided inquiry learning. However, these simulations are usually designed for post-elementary students. Thus, the aim of this study is to investigate how the use of guided inquiry approach with customized energy simulation can improve students' under...
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To deepen do-it-yourself (DIY) technology in the physics classroom, we seek to highlight the Open Source Physics (OSP) community of educators that engage, enable and empower teachers as learners so that we create DIY technology tools-simulation for inquiry learning. We learn through Web 2 online collaborative means to develop simulations together w...
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To deepen the professional practice of physics educators, I seek to highlight the Open Source Physics (OSP) and Easy Java Simulation (Ejs or EJS) community of educators that engage, enable and empower teachers as learners so that we can be leaders in our teaching practice. I learned through Web 2 online collaborative means to develop simulations to...
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We are teachers who have benefited from the Open Source Physics (Brown, 2012; Christian, 2010; Esquembre, 2012) community's work and we would like to share some of the computer models and lesson packages that we have designed and implemented in five schools grade 11 to 12 classes. In a ground-up teacher-leadership (MOE, 2010) approach, we came toge...
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The Open Source Physics community has created hundreds of physics computer models (Wolfgang Christian, Esquembre, & Barbato, 2011; F. K. Hwang & Esquembre, 2003) which are mathematical computation representations of real-life Physics phenomenon. Since the source codes are available and can be modified for redistribution licensed Creative Commons At...
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We describe an example of learning with multiple representations in an A-level revision lesson on mechanics. The context of the problem involved the motion of a ball thrown vertically upwards in air and studying how the associated physical quantities changed during its flight. Different groups of students were assigned to look at the ball's motion...
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This paper highlights the diverse possibilities in the rich community of educators from the Conceptual Learning of Science (CoLoS) and Open Source Physics (OSP) movement to engage, enable and empower educators and students, to create interactive digital media through computer modeling. This concept revolves around a paradigmatic shift towards parti...
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This workshop aims to demonstrate how the Tracker Video Analysis and Modeling Tool engages, enables and empowers teachers to be learners so that we can be leaders in our teaching practice. Through this workshop, the kinematics of a falling ball and a projectile motion are explored using video analysis and in the later video modeling. We hope to lea...
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We are teachers who have benefited from the Open Source Physics (Brown, 2012; Christian, 2010; Esquembre, 2012)community's work and we would like to share some of the computer models and lesson packages that we have designed and implemented in five schools grade 11 to 12 classes. In a ground-up teacher-leadership (MOE, 2010) approach, we came toge...

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Android and iOS apps. https://play.google.com/store/apps/dev?id=7915608832562607433&hl=en https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/loo-kang-wee/id1231378973 Ebooks https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Loo_Kang_Lawrence_Wee_Simple_Harmonic_Motion?id=lqGiBgAAQBAJ https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Loo_Kang_Lawrence_Wee_Gravity_Advanced_Level_Physi?id=LS3_CQAAQBAJ https://itunes.apple.com/ie/book/simple-harmonic-motion/id967139041?mt=11 Web Library http://iwant2study.org/ospsg/index.php/interactive-resources/physics