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Archive for the 'Science in everyday life' Category

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 […]

STEM Teacher Education Research

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

It took my colleague Prof. Rina Zazkis and I more than two years to write this paper. I am so glad it is out now and I am very proud of the results of our collaboration: https://journals.helsinki.fi/lumat/article/view/1519 Here is the abstract: Abstract This study examines the knowledge for teaching of prospective secondary physics teachers as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Decision Making in Action: 2020 UBC Physics Olympics

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

A few thoughts on a current situation and how our reaction to the health crisis can help find the solution… As we are witnessing an unprecedented spread of the Coronavirus around the world, it is very easy to get into a panic state. The situation is exacerbated by the social media and the avalanche of […]

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