April 2010

Archive for April, 2010

“Exploring Scaling: From concept to applications”

Monday, April 26th, 2010

I would like to share with you my new paper that appeared in the Science Education Review journal. The paper is open access, so you can access it for free here.¬† Science Education Review is an international journal for science teachers. It publishes practical papers about science teaching and learning. The journal aimed at helping […]

A Gift to Myself: Victor Borge

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

I have finished teaching my first online course at UBC. This was a very exciting experience and in my ways a fulfilling¬† (yet sometimes scary and draining) experience. It is interesting to know what my students think of it. I decided to make myself (and may be one additional person who is going to read […]

“To a Man with a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail” (Mark Twain)

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

A few days ago my sister pointed to me the quote above and it made me think how beautiful this quote reflects what is happening often with educational technology. Many of us (sometimes myself included) feel that if we get access to a new educational technology, it will magically solve all our problems: If I […]

Cambrdige Celebrates its Octocentenary

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

This post is not about educational technology, although I am using Internet and Wikipedia extensively to write it up. This post is more about education and its history and less about technology. A few years back we celebrated UBC’s centenary (100 years). Our university was established in 1905. The University of Toronto will celebrate its […]

Unanswered Questions About Smartboards

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Today I had a chance to take part in an interesting discussion on the role of Smartboards in elementary classrooms. As a result of this discussion, I was left with more questions than answers. This is good, as I will be keeping these questions in my mind, till I figure them out (or at least […]

iPAD Release: “Holding an Internet in Your Hands”

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

It is hard not to notice a release of iPAD by Apple. While listening to Steve Job’s presentation of a new iPAD I couldn’t help but notice this amazing phrase “Holding an Internet in Your Hands”. I just keep wondering how this new technology will change how we teach and how our students learn… How […]

Pushing Yourself Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Today I was listening to a special podcast by Linda E. Allen on the Toastmasters web site. She was talking about the importance of doing things that push us outside of our comfort zone. Although she was referring to public speaking and leadership, I was thinking of how it applies to teaching. When being a […]

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