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 AP. We also offer a course tour for Psychology for AP 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?
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.
e-BookA complete online version of the textbook, this e-Book is every word on every page of the printed text, including all AP® Exam Tips, images, and key terms. In addition to LaunchPad’s notes and highlighting features, you can easily hide chapters or sections that you do not cover in your course, rearrange the order of chapters and sections, and add your own content directly into the e-Book.
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.
Flashcards2GoPractice key terms on the go with these audio recordings. The recording recites a definition, and then gives students time to think before providing the correct term.
FlipIt VideosThese short lecture videos give students additional help in understanding different psychological concepts and theories. Students can also watch these videos as a refresher while studying and reflect on what they’ve learned.
Helpful Web Sites for AP StudentsThis document contains a list of links that could be useful for AP® students, including the College Board and APA web sites, web sites that can help with studying psychological ideas, and topic-specific web sites.
How Would You Know? – Winter 2015These online activities 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.
Key Contributors Study GuideA handout that highlights the most important people students should know in psychology and their contributions to the field.
LearningCurveDeveloped in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every unit 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.
Message to the AP StudentThis short message written to AP® Psychology students contains suggestions to achieve success in the course, from expert AP® teachers and authors Charles Blair-Broeker and Randal Ernst.
Quizzes2GoStudents can quiz themselves on the go with these audio recordings. The recording asks either multiple-choice, complete the statement, or true or false questions; after a few seconds, the recording provides the correct answer and a helpful explanation.
Reviews2GoThese audio recordings give a complete review of many of the textbook’s modules and units.
Student QuizzesThese short quizzes for every unit in the book offer multiple-choice questions that help assess whether students have mastered the unit’s concepts.
Summative QuizzesThese multiple-choice questions can be assigned in homework assignments or quizzes, and help to reinforce key concepts for each unit of the book.
Time Management TipsThis handout contains advice on how to get the most out of your classes using an appropriate amount of time.
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.
The welcome page provides an introduction to LaunchPad. It explains the Welcome Unit Quiz and provides answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions.
In order to get familiar with LaunchPad, see how it works, and know what it contains, you can test your students’ understanding by having them take the brief quiz included in this unit. The quiz will show students where something is (like how to find their grades) and then ask them to confirm that they understand. Hopefully this will allow them to see ALL that LaunchPad offers, and use the product to its fullest.
Welcome Unit Quiz
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.
What resources are available for instructors?
Correlation to AP Course OutlineView a list of every topic in the AP® Psychology course and where you can find these topics in the textbook.
Critical Thinking Clicker QuestionsCritical thinking assessments written by experienced educators, compatible with any clicker system.
ErrataA list of corrected errors for the textbook.
Faculty GuidesGuides for instructors outlining the content included in the Active Psych collection, the Digital Media Archive, and the Mind Teaching Modules video collection.
Formative Clicker Questions – PPTFormative multiple-choice questions presented in a customizable PowerPoint file.
Formative Clicker Questions – WordFormative multiple-choice questions presented in a customizable Word document.
Image SlidesInstructors are provided with a PowerPoint® Presentation of all the figures, photos, and tables from each module.
Lecture SlidesThese popular PowerPoint Lecture Slides created by Kent Korek of Germantown High School in Wisconsin closely follows the text. They are designed to assist teachers with lecture preparation and presentations. The slides contain graphs, figures, data tables, links and explanations of key concepts suitable for lecture presentation. They may be personalized by adding personal data, questions, and additional lecture notes.
Professional Development VideosThese videos from Teacher’s Edition author Amy Fineburg offer advice on what to emphasize in a given module, suggestions on anticipating and overcoming common pitfalls, and tips for helping students realize success in the course and on the AP® exam.
Sample FRQsAssign more FRQ practice to your students with these sample FRQs, which include a grading rubric specific to each question.
Strive for a 5 AnswersFind solutions to all questions from the Strive for a 5 study guide.
Teacher's EditionThis includes every page of the Teacher’s Edition, which provides a wealth of guidance and support for AP® teachers. It includes an introduction with advice about teaching AP® Psychology; a complete listing of Flip It Videos, Student Activities, and Teacher Demonstrations from the Teacher’s Resource Materials; answers to all of the end-of-module Multiple-Choice Questions and Practice FRQs; answers to all the unit AP® Exam Practice Questions, including full sample rubrics to the FRQs with page number cross references indicating where each portion of the answer may be found. Other features incorporated into the wraparound margins include: common pitfalls to alert students to; suggestions for activities to promote active learning and critical questioning; lesson-opening discussion starters and lesson-closing formative assessment questions; and more.
Teacher's Resource MaterialsThe Teacher’s Resource Materials, written by Amy Fineburg in collaboration with Steve Jones, includes discussion starter questions, activities, and worksheets; teacher demonstrations; classroom and homework activities for students, and lecture enhancers.
ExamView® Test Bank
Create online tests from questions also available in our ExamView® Test Bank CD. Note that the CD might include questions not available in LaunchPad. Contact your sales representative for more information on this particular ExamView® Test Bank.