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September 30, 2022

Slow looking for visual literacy

Look at an image. Resist the temptation of immediately jumping to the caption for an explanation of what is being shown. Practice slow looking to unlock more discoveries.


June 7, 2017

Share your #dayofscience during the Science-A-Thon (July 13)

The goal of the Science-A-Thon is to increase visibility of scientists and the important work they do to the public. On July 13, 2017, participants will take 12 photos over a 12-hour day to showcase the exciting-to-routine activities in the day of a life of a scientist.


September 14, 2016

Teaching professional skills… using Creative Commons and Pubic Domain images

Who took this photo? Do you have permission to use it? Help students learn best practices in acquiring images for their projects by understanding Creative Commons and public domain sources.


July 10, 2014

Promoting our Discipline with Geology Selfies – from Mauna Loa to Mars

We like posting photos online, especially if we have a happy moment to share.  A recent study shows that photo posts on Twitter and Instagram are four times more likely to convey positive sentiment compared with text-only tweets (see The Wall Street Journal article by Wells, 2014).  And what could make us more happy than taking photos of ourselves and immediately sharing what we are up to? Welcome to the …


May 29, 2014

Instagram – a possible edtech/outreach tool?

Instagram – “… a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever” (Instagram FAQ page).  Do you have an Instagram account?  Odds are, you don’t.  Instagram still struggles to grow significantly as a social media tool among online adults, as documented …


December 16, 2013

Before you Instagram your next museum visit…

Do you snap pictures at museums? You might not be remembering as much about your visit as you could — Smithsonian Magazine (@SmithsonianMag) December 15, 2013 When I had a film camera (“back in the day”), I was selective about what I took photos of during my travels, and how many photos I took.  The costs of purchasing film and photo processing held me back from snapping photos of …


November 27, 2013

Does social media make your experiences less special?

The title of this post came from a tweet I saw by @SmithsonianMag, which linked to a great post on their blog that answered their own question with “Your Life Experiences Aren’t So Special—Here’s Proof” Thomas Jullian made a 1 min 46 sec video from 852 Instagram images from 852 different people.  If you think you have captured “the” most unique photo of an iconic tourist location – think again.  …


June 19, 2013

Google’s Pictures of Earth Through Time

An announcement from Google on May 9.Today, we’re making it possible for you to go back in time and get a stunning historical perspective on the changes to the Earth’s surface over time. Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS),…


Google Maps Geologic Wonders

One of the biggest challenges any geology faculty member faces is trying to get students in the field. Getting out of the classroom and face-to-face with a rock outcrop or coastal zone is the best way to get students immersed…


March 14, 2011

Japan Earthquake – March 11, 2011

It’s amazing how technology can bring us the news, the images, and the video from a devastating natural disaster. The magnitude 8.9 earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, is no different. I first learned about the earthquake through…