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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 focussed 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A New Challenge or a New Opportunity

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. (Ulysses, Lord Tennyson) Every year at the end of August many K-12 and post-secondary teachers like me feel excited and a little bit nervous. What will the next academic year bring us? Who will come to our classrooms? What interesting novel activities and experiments will […]

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, […]

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 […]

STEM Teachers and Teaching in the Digital Era

Friday, February 28th, 2020

I am very excited to see our edited book coming out this fall!  Two years ago we organized a collaborative workshop at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. We came together to discuss the changing field of STEM education and how digital technologies shape and affect it. This workshop was supported by a grant […]

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