LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately.
When you're ready to create your LaunchPad course, you can click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Psychology for High School. We also offer a course tour for Psychology for High School that will help you get started using this LaunchPad.
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
What resources are available for my students?
Assess Your Strengths ActivitiesStudents take inventories and questionnaires developed by researchers across psychological science. These self-assessments allow students to apply psychology’s principles to their own lives and experiences. After taking each self-assessment, students will find additional information about the strength being tested (for example, personal growth initiative, sleep quality, empathizing/systemizing, intrinsic/extrinsic motivation, mindfulness, self-control, and hope), as well as tips for nurturing that strength more effectively in their own lives.
Careers in PsychologyWritten by Jennifer Zwolinski at University of San Diego, this PDF gives students information about what they can do with a degree in Psychology.
Concept PracticeTutorial style animation and interactive activities designed by award-winning multimedia author, Thomas Ludwig. These cover a range of key topics and include assessment questions that are interactive and engaging. These activities help students solidify their understanding of key concepts.
Downloadable Student Resources
These resources include:
- Helpful Websites for AP® Students - These are websites that might help you in your studies or on projects that your teacher might assign.
- Key Contributors Study Guide - This study guide highlights a thorough list of the most important people students should know in psychology.
- Message to the AP® Students - Long-time high school teachers and psychology exam readers Charlie Blair-Broeker and Randy Ernst offer the AP® tips and suggestions for getting the most out of the course and conquering the exam.
- Student Preface: Time Management—Or, How to be a Great Student and Still Have a Life - Balancing school and life isn’t easy. This document provides strategies for planning and sticking to a study schedule.
e-BookLaunchPad’s e-Book integrates the text with an assortment of media-powered learning tools, and a variety of customization options for students and instructors. Worth’s acclaimed e-Book platform was developed by a cognitive psychologist (PhD, Yale University) who taught undergraduate psychology at the University of Massachusetts.
FlashcardsTo make sure students understand the language of the course, virtual flashcards are available for every key term. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, terms shown, or use quiz mode to test themselves.
How Would You Know?These online activities, one per chapter, engage students in the scientific process, showing them how psychological research begins with a question, and how key decision points can alter the meaning and value of a psychological study. In a fun, interactive environment, students learn about important aspects of research design and interpretation.
LabsLaunchPad’s PsychInvestigator Labs provide students with a web-based virtual laboratory with a live host who interacts with students as they participate in experiments or observational activities, generate real data, analyze data against national data, and review the broader implications of those findings in psychological science.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter or module of the text.
LearningCurve provides a unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty.
Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.
Summative QuizzesEvery chapter offers a pre-built chapter quiz drawn from pools of questions for each section of the text. Students can take the quiz multiple times for practice and receive different sets questions on the same topic. This also allows instructors to use these quizzes for higher stakes as each attempt will offer differing questions on similar material.
Topic Tutorial QuizzesThese quizzes are multiple choice questions that address the concepts presented in the PsychSim 6.0 tutorials.
Topic TutorialsPsychSim 6.0 is thoroughly re‑imagined and retooled for the mobile web. The new release of PsychSim by Thomas Ludwig uses interactive videos, charts, and simulations to immerse students in the world of psychological research, placing them in the role of scientist or participant in activities that highlight important concepts, processes, and experimental approaches.
Video ActivitiesWorth’s videos span the full range of standard topics for the introductory psychology course, combining both research and news footage from Scientific American, BBC Motion Library, CBS News, and other sources. Our expansive collection of brief clips give students a fresh new way to experience the classic experiments at the heart of psychological science and cutting-edge research conducted by the field’s most influential investigators. The videos bring the concepts in the book to life and make the content more memorable.
VideosThere are a variety of video clips (with assessment) available to accompany the text, highlighting fundamental research, intriguing case studies, and high-impact news events. FlipIt videos are also included. If you have flipped your classroom, you can assign these short lecture videos so students can be ready for the day’s activity before they even walk into the classroom. Students can also watch these videos as a refresher while studying and reflect on what they’ve learned.
What resources are available for instructors?From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Chapter Figures, Photos, and TablesInstructors are provided with a downloadable images folder containing all the figures, photos, and tables from each chapter.
Clicker QuestionsAssessments written by experienced educators, compatible with any clicker system.
Correlation Guide to AP® PsychThis alignment to the AP® course description enables you to find the required AP® content faster and easier. The correlation also provides the percentage at which each unit is represented on the AP® exam.
Faculty GuideGuide for instructors outlining the content included in the Worth Introductory Psychology Video Collection and the Interactive Presentation Slides for Introductory Psychology.
Image SlidesInstructors are provided with a PowerPoint® Presentation of all the figures, photos, and tables from each chapter.
Instructor's Resource Manual - PDFChapter-by-chapter teaching support for the text/media package, including lecture guides, discussion topics, activities, student projects, suggestions for integrating digital resources, and more.
Instructor's Resource Manual - WordChapter-by-chapter teaching support for the text/media package, including lecture guides, discussion topics, activities, student projects, suggestions for integrating digital resources, and more.
Interactive Presentation SlidesThis series of “next generation” PowerPoint® lectures gives instructors a dynamic, yet easy-to-use way to engage students during classroom presentations. Each lecture provides opportunities for discussion and interaction, and includes a wide array of embedded video clips and animations.
Lecture Guide - PDFSuggestions for organizing and presenting chapter material in class, in its own file separate from the Instructor Resources.
Lecture Guide - WordSuggestions for organizing and presenting chapter material in class, in its own file separate from the Instructor Resources.
Lecture SlidesEach chapter has ready to go PowerPoint® Slides developed by professors who currently use this Introductory Psychology book that are made to simplify lecturing.