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Learning with Your Children in the Times of Quarantine

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

I dedicate this post to my parents Marina Bolotina and Mikhail Goykhman who taught me how to learn by example. Dear friends: This is a somewhat unusual post and I will keep updating it as the time goes. I decided to share with you some ideas about what you might be able to do with […]

Educational Technologies in the Era of Pandemics: 10 easy lessons from an online educator

Monday, March 16th, 2020

When I started teaching at UBC more than 10 years ago, I was asked to teach an online course to graduate students in our Masters in Education course. The course was focused on mathematics and science teaching. It was a challenge as I had never taught online before. I was also unfamiliar with the platform […]

Decision Making in Action: 2020 UBC Physics Olympics

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

A few thoughts on a current situation and how our reaction to the health crisis can help find the solution… As we are witnessing an unprecedented spread of the Coronavirus around the world, it is very easy to get into a panic state. The situation is exacerbated by the social media and the avalanche of […]

STEM Teachers and Teaching in the Digital Era

Friday, February 28th, 2020

I am very excited to see our edited book coming out this fall!  Two years ago we organized a collaborative workshop at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. We came together to discuss the changing field of STEM education and how digital technologies shape and affect it. This workshop was supported by a grant […]

Professional Development Day @ UBC

Monday, February 24th, 2020

I have been a member of the BC Association of Physics Teachers for almost 16 years now. Very soon after joining the organization, I became a member of the Executive Board. Since then, I had an opportunity to help organize many professional development events. This time, I hosted a special Pro-D day for physics teachers […]

Visiting Gibson Elementary School in Delta, BC

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

For the last fifteen years, I have been visiting K-12 schools in British Columbia with science and mathematics presentations and hands-on activities. I am one of many scientists, engineers, educators, and innovators who donate their time and who are supported by Scientists and Innovators in the Schools organization. We volunteer our knowledge, time, and expertise […]

The Second Decade at UBC

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Today, I realized that this term I am starting my second decade at the UBC Faculty of Education. Time certainly flew fast and much faster that I could ever expected. It feels as if I returned to UBC only recently and at the same time as if I came a long time ago. Thinking of […]

STEM in Education 2019 Symposium Chongqing, China

Sunday, November 24th, 2019

I just returned from the STEM in Education 2019 Symposium that was held in Chongqing, China: http://stem2019.swu.edu.cn/English/ . Southwest University organized the symposium. It was a very interesting conference as we had a few opportunities to visit local schools, to interact with the students and faculty members and learn about this amazing city. I was […]

Slow-Motion Videos in Physics Teaching

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

In 2016-2017, we received a Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grant that allowed us to explore how we can use educational videos to promote experimentation in physics teacher education and in physics education in general. This grant promoted us to create a YouTube channel of educational videos: STEM Education Videos for All. While working on […]

STEM Outcomes of Second-Generation Students

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

I am very proud to share with you that our new paper has been published. This is a collaboration between Svetlana Chachashvili-Bolotin, Sabina Lissitsa and myself: Chachashvili-Bolotin, S., Lissitsa, S., & Milner-Bolotin, M. (2019). STEM outcomes of second-generation immigrant students with high-skilled parental backgrounds. International Journal of Science Education, 20. doi:10.1080/09500693.2019.1686549

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