Physics teaches problem-solving and fundamental understanding of the world around us. This skill and knowledge is increasingly important in our technological society, but many students find physics quite difficult. Physics Education Research seeks to uncover the root of these difficulties and to develop effective teaching methods that enable all students to develop a better understanding of the most basic of sciences. At Western Kentucky University the active areas of work are: using technology to support effective teaching practices, using the world-wide web and Java for homework and other applications, and teaching good problem-solving methods. Facilities include a state-of-the-art active learning classroom equipped with networked laptop computers and projection system, and a web server with several different web-homework systems. Projects that students can be involved in range from interviews and classroom observations to advanced web programming.