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Archive for July, 2011

Vi Hart – An amazing blog on Everything

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Today I happened to stumble on a very interesting blog by Vi Hart. Actually it was shown to me by a student who is a mathematics teacher and who loves it. I enjoyed it very much as well. It is very interesting how art and science and mathematics come together in this blog. Vi Hart […]

Results of the First Google Global Science Fiar

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Google First Global Science Fair Prizes have been announced and the winners are… click here to find out. I am very proud to report that many of the top winners are girls. I happened to look through their projects (published online) and was amazed at their level. North American students dominated the list of the […]

Trinity Day: Reflections of Enrico Fermi’s Granddaughter…

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

It would be interesting to know what the creators (the major brains behind it: Fermi, Oppenheimer, Einstein, Bethe, …)  of the atomic bomb would have thought about the consequences of their brain child. Unfortunately none of them is alive and recent developments in Japan and not so recent (25 years ago) in Chernobyl, continue to […]

CBC: The Wild Journey: The Anne Innis Story

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

A few nights ago as I was driving to buy some groceries, I turned on CBC Radio and stumbled on Ideas – an evening program with Paul Kennedy. I find most of the programming on Ideas very interesting, but this one surpassed all my expectations… “Wild Journey: The Anne Innis Story”. Maybe I was initially […]

Textmessaging by American Teens

Friday, July 15th, 2011

A student of mine today draw my attention to the following statistics: http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/u-s-teen-mobile-report-calling-yesterday-texting-today-using-apps-tomorrow/ American teens (ages 13-17) on average send or receive a whooping number of 3339 messages a month. I am not sure if this stats is relevant to Canadian teens, but I  would presume, there must be similarities. However, in Canada, the use […]

Teaching a Grad Summer Course on Technology Use in Science & Mathematics

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

I have a very interesting opportunity to teach a summer graduate course on the use of educational technologies in science and mathematics teaching and learning. First of all it is a graduate course. It means that all of the students have been teaching science, mathematics or other disciplines in the past and they have knowledge […]

Visitng Dadaab Refugee Camp

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

During the past week, a group of us, from the Faculty of Education at UBC had an opportunity to visit one of the largest refugee camps in the world – Dadaab Refugee Camp in North-East Kenya. The goal of our visit was to help establish a teacher education program in the camp, such as the […]

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