March 2010

Archive for March, 2010

Science Policy in Canada: Are We There Yet?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

As I was reading today an announcement that Physics Nobel Laureate and Professor of Physics at UBC, Dr. Carl Weiman was nominated by the President Barack Obama to assume a role of the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, I was thinking how far we are from […]

Literature on Technology Integration in Science Learning

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I just finished reading a recent paper by Marcia Linn and her collaborators. The paper (see reference below) talks about the effect of technology on science learning and especially about the Knowledge Integration Framework for Science Teaching and Learning. The idea of the knowledge integration framework is to look at the science instruction in terms […]

SmartBoards – one step beyond the novelty factor

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

In my educational technology class we had a number of discussions on SmartBoards. A number of teachers mentioned how useful the SmartBoards were in their classes. I think the capabilities of SmartBoards are amazing. I had a brief chance to use a SmartBoard before I got my own tablet. However, even though I like my […]

Science Teacher Professional Development in Israel

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

During the week of March 12-20, I had a chance to visit Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot Israel. It is a very special Higher Education institution as it is relatively small and it had graduate programs only. So the number of students at Weizmann is only a few hundreds and it is primarily a […]

The City of Arts and Sciences – Valencia

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Valencia is a beautiful historic city in the Southern part of Spain. However, as much as it is known for its history and amazing architecture, it is worth noticing for its science museums. In my view, it is a modern example of how art, architecture and science can combine to create unforgettable experiences for city […]

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

A few years ago, while at UBC, I was one of the organizers of the Christmas Science show for the general public. The show was called “The Science of Music” and we tried to illustrate the interconnections between these fields. I got the following link from a friend today and it reminded me of our […]

INTED 2010: Day Two

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

The second day of the conference was much more interesting for me. I went to the sessions that were more relevant to my work. As a result I got in touch with a few US, Irish and Belgian science educators who do things very similar to what we do. They introduced me to very creative […]

INTED 2010: Day One

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Today was my first day at INTED 2010 conference in Valencia. I was very tired (could not sleep last night – 9 hour time difference is a lot). So may be I was not focused enough. However, I was able to do some quick math. I had to listen to 20 Power Point Presentations today […]

INTED 2010: International Technology, Education and Development Conference

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

This week I will be attending the INTED 2010 Conference in Valencia, Spain. The conference is very relevant to my own work and I hope to find it very interesting. Just from looking at the Program I already found lots of interesting talks I would like to go to. For example, I have heard a […]

Death by Power Point

Friday, March 5th, 2010

To watch an excellent presentation called “Death by PowerPoint” click here. A few weeks ago I attended an International Conference of physicists. There I attended a public lecture of a very notable Physics Nobel Laureate who is a very respected scientist. However, his presentation was just bad. I was very upset, because it was called […]

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