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Archive for the 'Interactivity in the classroom' Category

Public Voting: International LUMA StarT Competition

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

This year I was invited to be one of the judges of the International LUMA StarT competition. This is a large international competition organized by my colleagues at the University of Helsinki in Finland. StarT competition invites educators and students from all around the world to present and share exciting ideas about teaching and learning […]

2022 Virtual UBC Physics Olympics

Monday, March 7th, 2022

On Saturday, March 5, 2022, UBC Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Curriculum and Pedagogy organized our second ever virtual UBC Physics Olympics. UBC Physics Olympics has a history of more than four decades! This time, we decided to have a virtual event once again, to increase student participation and decrease the risk of spreading […]

Getting Ready for Virtual Physics Olympics

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

Last year we decided to conduct UBC Physics Olympics virtually. It was the choice we had to make in order to make the Olympics happen. Despite all the challenges more than 40 teams participated and the event went very well. However, surprisingly (at least to me), very few teams from outside of the Lower Mainland […]

Summer course EDCP 544 – Final Projects

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

This summer I had an opportunity to teach an intensive online course in our M.Ed. in Science Education program. My course focused on using technology in STEM education. One of the assignments in the course was to design a professional development activity that would support teachers in incorporating technologies in their practice. This is what […]

STEM in Education 2021 Conference: The Countdown begins

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

For the last two+ years, my colleagues and I have been working hard to organize an international STEM in Education Conference. It is the second time we are organizing it and Prof. David Anderson and I are co-chairs this time around. When we started our preparation in 2018, we had no idea that the conference […]

Reflecting on Another Unusual Year

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

As another year amidst this pandemic is coming to an end, it is an opportunity to reflect of what has happened and most importantly what we have learned from it. While not surprisingly we hear lots of voices on the negative effects of the pandemic on learning, I would like to ask myself the following […]

The Half Glass Full of the Current Situation

Monday, December 7th, 2020

While it is clear to everybody that a current situation with the COVID-19 is troublesome, we cannot ignore the positive outcomes that came with the necessity of learning how to teach online. For example, in recent months, I took part in many amazing online seminars and workshops that were only possible because now we all […]

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 […]

Myths about Face-To-Face and Online Education

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

As thousands of teachers all around the world are making their final preparations for our online courses, I would like to share a few thoughts on the biggest myth related to online and face-to-face education – the level of student engagement. Actually, I decided to do that after responding to an interviewer’s question on Spice […]

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