February 2010

Archive for February, 2010

HP Innovations in Education Worldwide Summit

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

During the Winter Break I was able to attend two conferences. One of them is “HP Innovations in Education Worldwide Summit“. It took place in Redwood city (near San Francisco) and attracted more than 100 educators from more than 25 countries. During the summit I had a chance to meet with experts on educational technology […]

Tablet Computers: Tips for Effective Use

Friday, February 19th, 2010

A few of my colleagues from across Canada posted very useful papers on the use of tablets in their introductory university physics courses. If you have a tablet and are thinking of how to use it more effectively in your classes, these links are for you. Do not hesitate to look at them if you […]

WolframAlpha: Should your students be allowed to use it?

Friday, February 19th, 2010

While attending the AAPT conference in Washington DC last week I was able to attend a few interesting talks dealing with the use of educational technologies in physics/science/mathematics teaching. Many of these talks generated very interesting debates. And even though we often didn’t agree on everything, these discussions made us think. One of the hot […]

A Private Universe Project

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

As I am attending an American Association of Physics Teachers Conference 2010 in Washington DC, I am reminded of many wonderful projects the physics education community has created. One of these projects is especially meaningful to me. It talks about science learning and especially about the importance of teachers’ realization that whatever we try to […]

Math and Science in Movies…

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Today is a Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to post something neat. So here it is: a little but nerdy, but cute Valentine’s Day gift for math and science teachers. It is a collection of movies. May be they are not very romantic, but they will make you smile. 1) I just discovered this wonderful […]

SNAPP:Social Networking Adapting Pedagogical Practice

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Yesterday I had a chance to attend a very interesting presentation by one of my University of British Columbia Colleagues, Dr. Leah Macfadyen, who introduced me to a very interesting tool that you also might want to try. The tool is called SNAPP (Social Networking Adapting Pedagogical Practice) and it was developed by Shane Dawson’s […]

How Can You Trust Wikipedia?

Monday, February 8th, 2010

A few days ago my son and I had a discussion about his paper and if it was OK to reference Wikipedia. I think he was learning about French Revolution. Some of his teachers believe that since Wikipedia is not an officially refereed site, citing it (or using it officially) would be inappropriate… and both […]

Quirks & Quarks on CBC Radio (CBC: Canadian Public Radio)

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

One of my former students (thank you, Keith) recently reminded me of a radio show that will be of interest to science teachers and to anybody who is curious about the outside world. I like it very much and try not to make sure to listen to every episode. The show is also available online […]

Learning Science Vocabulary

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Almost 20 years ago my family and I immigrated to Israel. Very soon after, I and started pursuing my science teacher certification. I remember how hard it was learning Hebrew. Yet, it was even more challenging to learn specific science vocabulary and to be aware of how everyday life usage of the word differs from […]

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