Hardware for Hard-Up Schools?
Physics Education Volume 47, Number 1, ISSN 0031-9120
The purpose of this work was to investigate ways in which everyday computers can be used in schools to fulfil several of the roles of more expensive, specialized laboratory equipment for teaching and learning purposes. The brief adopted was to keep things as straightforward as possible so that any school science department with a few basic tools can copy the ideas presented. The project has so far produced a simple, safe input device to enable use of a computer as an oscilloscope and the conversion of external speakers into a signal generator. They are not without their limitations, but the intention is that they may provide opportunities for hands-on learning in schools where budgets are very limited. Several teaching ideas are outlined, with pointers for further development. It is hoped that interest in the project may generate further application of the ideas to the teaching of high school physics. (Contains 8 figures and 4 footnotes.)
St. John, S.A. (2012). Hardware for Hard-Up Schools?. Physics Education, 47(1), 106-111.