The Name That Image Interactive is an adjustable size file that displays nicely on tablets such as the iPad, on Chromebooks, and on laptops and desktops. The compatibility with iPads and Chromebooks make it a perfect tool for use in a 1:1 classroom. The use of the Interactive on phones will be a bit tricky due to the close proximity of the small buttons that cover the image options.


Teaching Ideas and Suggestions:

This Interactive is intended for use near the middle to later stages of a learning cycle on concave and convex mirrors. It provides an invaluable formative assessment of how object position affects the image characteristics (location, orientation, and relative size). The intention was that after labwork, instruction, and ray diagramming practice on the topic of concave and convex mirrors, a classroom could navigate to Name That Image and use the Interactive as an assessment/learning tool. The availability of the stars progress report allows a teacher to quickly check-off progress on a per-student basis (if desired). Alternatively, the Interactive could be used with Task Tracker for saving, viewing, and retrieving of student progress results. See link below.

Now available with Task Tracker compatibility. Learn more.

Related Resources

There are numerous resources at The Physics Classroom website that serve as very complementary supports for the Name That Image Interactive. These include:
  • Minds On Physics Internet Modules:
    The Minds On Physics Internet Modules include a collection of interactive questioning modules that help learners assess their understanding of physics concepts and solidify those understandings by answering questions that require higher-order thinking.Assignments RM5, RM6, RM8, and RM9 of the Reflection and Mirrors module provide great complements to this Interactive. They are best used in the middle to later stages of the learning cycle. Visit the Minds On Physics Internet Modules.

  • Animation: Numerous GIF Animations at The Multimedia Physics Studios
    The Ray Optics section of the Multimedia Physics Studios has several instructive animations that depict the formation of images by concave and convex mirrors. Visit the Multimedia Physics Studios.

  • Curriculum/Practice: Several Concept Development worksheets at the Curriculum Corner will be very useful in assisting students in cultivating their understanding, most notably ...

    Ray Diagrams for Concave Mirrors
    Ray Diagrams for Convex Mirrors
    Object-Image Relations

    Visit the Curriculum Corner.

  • Labwork: 
    Simulations should always support (never supplant) hands-on learning. The Laboratory section of The Physics Classroom website includes several hands-on ideas that complement this Interactive. Three notable lab ideas include ...

    Exploring Curved Mirrors
    Finding Smiley
    Magnification Ratio

    Visit The Laboratory.
  • Science Reasoning Activities:
    Science classrooms should be filled with reasoning activities. There are two related activities in the Reflection section of the Science Reasoning Center that will challenge students to employ close reading, data analysis, and logical reasoning. The activities are named ...

    Concave Mirrors
    Object-Image Relations

    Visit the Science Reasoning Center.

Additional resources and ideas for incorporating Name That Image into an instructional unit on curved mirrors can be found at the Teacher Toolkits section of The Physics Classroom website.  Visit Teacher Toolkits.

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