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Archive for the 'Science and society' Category

Mentorship matters: In memory of Dr. Gordon Gore

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

A number of years ago I read a book by one of my favourite authors – Mitch Albom, “The  Five  People You  Meet  in Heaven”.  One of the themes of this book is that some people we encounter in our lives make a profound impact on us independently if we realized that at the time […]

Special Issue: Towards a Sustainable Future through innovative STEM Education

Friday, October 30th, 2020

Dear STEM Education researchers, educators, teachers and students: We are very excited to announce a Call for Papers in the new special issue of MDPI journal. Please read the information below. Special Issue “Towards a Sustainable Future through Innovative STEM Education” Print Special Issue Flyer Special Issue Editors Special Issue Information Keywords Published Papers A […]

CATALYST 2020 BC Science Teachers Conference

Sunday, October 25th, 2020

This Friday, I was invited to take part in the BC Science Teachers’ Association Annual Conference, called Catalyst. This is an annual gathering of science teachers from all across British Columbia. Usually, most of the teachers come from the Lower Mainland as the conference often happens here. However, this year it was an online conference […]

A New Challenge or a New Opportunity

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. (Ulysses, Lord Tennyson) Every year at the end of August many K-12 and post-secondary teachers like me feel excited and a little bit nervous. What will the next academic year bring us? Who will come to our classrooms? What interesting novel activities and experiments will […]

Supporting Children’s Education during the Pandemic: A webinar for UNA community

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. – Khalil Gibran (Your Children, from The Prophet) When my children were growing up and I was struggling […]

Supporting Children’s Education During the Pandemic | One Hour @ UBC

Monday, April 27th, 2020

If Corona Doesn’t Kill Us, Distance Learning Will

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

I have watched this video a number of times now and I realize that I do want to share it with you. I love the title and even more, I feel the plight of this mom of four who is actually a special education teacher in Israel. We need to support the parents during the […]

One Hour @ UBC

Friday, April 10th, 2020

To support our community during the pandemic, I was asked to give a free interactive lecture on online learning and homeschooling. I will be doing it on April 23, 2020. It will be an interactive seminar where I will show the community how they can use existing online resources to support their children. Please notice, […]

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 […]

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