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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.


June 8, 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.


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…


March 27, 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 …


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 …


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…


November 11, 2011


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…


August 27, 2011

+1Me for +1 Curiosity

I’m currently reading Jane McGonigal’s book Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better And How They Can Change The World, a fascinating exploration of the psychology of games and how we can use the lessons in games to change…


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?…


June 25, 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…