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July 18, 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.


May 25, 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…


July 23, 2014

Updating how we teach the process of science

This week, I’m with a group of in-service middle school teachers for a week-long workshop on climate science.  It is always inspiring to connect with K-12 teachers to see and hear about their passion for their classrooms and for teaching – and always frustrating to hear that they have to do so with so few resources that include outdated textbooks.  And in those outdated textbooks we will find the “scientific …


March 20, 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 …


November 25, 2013

Is a parody copyright infringement or fair use?

Trending these days is the GoldieBlox video, a clever video with three young girls that set up their own Rube Goldberg machine, showing that girls are just as smart and clever with innovative design and curiosity.  And the background music is just a clever, a re-do of the Beastie Boys song “Girls,” recorded with younger voices and new girl-friendly lyrics. GoldieBox video (unfortunately, the original video has been taken down …


March 22, 2012


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…


July 16, 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?…