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18 July 2016

Take home final exam – why Earth science/the ocean matters

Here’s an idea for a take-home final exam – ask students why Earth science matters. Ask them to frame their response in the format of a script/video of a TED talk, and be prepared for some inspiring student submissions.

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8 June 2016

StoryCorps – missing the stories of Earth & space scientists

If scientists want to make a broader impact and let a larger audience know who we are and hear our stories, I suggest we start sharing our stories outside of science-focused outlets. Why not add our voices to the “largest single collection of human voices” that is then archived at the Library of Congress? People from diverse backgrounds, ages and locations can then hear our Earth and space science voices when exploring the StoryCorps collection.

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25 May 2016

TED – an “idea worth spreading” in the classroom

TED talks showcase “ideas worth spreading” through talks that are 18 minutes or less. What can they provide to the Earth science classroom? – an introduction to scientists and a spark for classroom conversation, for starters…

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28 June 2015

We Are Rapidly Approaching A World Where A Minor Cut Can Be Fatal

We hear so much these days about cancer and Alzheimer’s, but these diseases have been around for most if not all of human history, it’s just they were the minor killers of people who had a long life of 50 or 60 years. The lucky ones got cancer or senility, the rest died from such things as a scratch in the garden, or a bad cold that turned into pneumonia. …

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3 August 2014

You Don’t Have To Be A Meteorologist To Appreciate Clouds

Broadcast meteorologists frequently get calls from people when there is a solar halo or sun dog in the sky, and I have to tell you we are always shocked when people tell us that they “have never seen that before!” I cannot imagine how someone can live 40 or 50 years, and never have noticed such basic atmospheric optics. I can shock you even more, because it’s not uncommon to …

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27 March 2014

TEDx says get ready… but keep your device off

I’m off to TEDxPhiladelphia tomorrow.  I am ready to be inspired by speakers with solutions to great challenges and innovative ideas.  I have attended and blogged about previous TEDxPhilly and TEDxPhiladelphiaEd events, and I always bring away great stories to share with students.  I have been receiving many emails leading up the event with suggestions that I dress casual, pack light, and then there’s this: Unplug » Sounds crazy to us, too …

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20 March 2014

From TED: 3 rules to spark learning

Ramsey Musallam’s TED talk is described as the following: “It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works.” What the description does not share is that he …

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22 March 2012

TED-Ed

Finally, I think my wrist is strong enough where I can get back to posting interesting tech stories from around the world and my classroom! When I saw the announcement about TED-Ed, I knew this is one of the first…

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11 November 2011

TEDxPhilly

On November 8, 2011, I attended my second TEDx event. TEDxPhilly was themed around The City, bringing speakers and audience members together “to examine some of the greatest challenges, innovations and realities that shape and are shaped by cities…

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16 July 2011

Article – Who is TED, and Why Can’t I Talk for More Than 18 Minutes at a Time?

I’m not sure why this article is appearing in the Journal of Sustainability Education, but for those new to TED, it is worth a read.Who is TED, and Why Can’t I Talk for More Than 18 Minutes at a Time?…

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25 June 2011

TEDxPhiladelphiaED 2011

On Saturday, June 25, I attended (in person) my first TEDx conference. The ISTE conference is taking place in Philadelphia this year, and and education-focused TEDx was scheduled for the day before the conference. I applied and was one of…

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