January 2022

Archive for the 'Interactivity in the classroom' Category

2018 STEM in Education Conference in Brisbane

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

I am very fortunate to be able to attend the STEM in Education 2018 conference organized by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. I am a Co-Chair of the 2020 STEM in Education Conference that will take place at UBC in 2020. This conference was one of the best I have attended […]

Is Technology a Universal Equalizer?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

As my research focuses on how technology can be used to engage students in meaningful mathematics and science learning, I continuously think about the educational (and societal) impact of modern technology. I also keep asking myself a simple question: why despite such a proliferation of novel and often free digital tools for education, we still […]

Teacher-Candidates’ STEM Video Projects

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

This term thanks to the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement grant funding and to the support of the Educational Technology Services at UBC Faculty of Education (thanks Sharon, Yvonne and Eric for your help in conducting Camtasia workshop and thanks to Gerald for helping out) we were able to create a new assignment for our […]

UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

  Since coming to UBC in 2004, I was very fortunate to participate in many projects aimed at improving educational experiences of our students. These projects would not have been possible if not for the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund – TLEF. This fund’s goal is to support innovation in teaching and learning at […]

Making STEM Outreach a Tradition at UBC

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

I  will always remember how hands-on science activities inspired me to engage with science at a deeper level. I didn’t want to become a scientist because I got a 100% on a test, but because I wanted to figure things out and I wanted to play with things. Hands-on science has always fascinated me. I […]

Reflections on Budapest: Science Teacher Education in Hungary

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

I had a very exciting opportunity to visit Eotvas Lorand University in Budapest Hungary. I was asked to present on physics teacher education that I do here in Canada and on science outreach. Both topics are very important to me and it is always great to meet people who are interested to know what we […]

Scientific Communication: Creating STEM Videos

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Learning how to share your ideas with your students in creative ways is a great skills for any educators. It is even more important for mathematics and science teachers. In British Columbia, with the introduction of the new science curriculum, learning how to engage students with big science ideas in an interactive and creative way […]

September 1st, 2017

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Growing up in the family that valued education and having a mother who was a mathematics and science teacher, September 1st has always been a special day for me. In the Soviet Union where I grew up, it marked the beginning of a new academic year – a new adventure. And while I had my […]

Happy New Academic Year

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

As I am preparing to my 8th academic year as a Teacher at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, I keep thinking of my role as a science educator who has a lucky opportunity to help prepare new STEM teachers. I am deliberately using the word Teacher and not Professor, as I think […]

Getting ready for September!

Friday, August 4th, 2017

  As I am getting ready for September and for a new academic year, I keep thinking about why I like my work and why it is not a job, but a career (if not passion). This is going to be my 25th year of teaching (officially!), which makes me wonder how fast the time […]

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