Archives for April 2008

Air Pollution: Monitoring the Air You Breathe

Do you think there is any harm in going for a brisk 3-mile run on a summer afternoon in the metro-Atlanta area? It’s not a good idea. The ozone level is highest in the late afternoon and early evening. Late afternoon readings of ozone are typically highest for the daily cycle of ozone levels. It’s […]

Earthday 2008 for the Birds

Earthday is a day for action and reflection. Some reflection follows: I read two wonderful books about birds this past year by Bernd Heinrich, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Vermont. The first was the Snoring Bird: My Family’s Journey Through A Century of Biology. It’s a wonderful story of his father’s life […]

Environment Important to the People, but not at the Presidential Debates

Charles Blow had a very interesting op-ed column in the New York Times today entitled “all atmospherics, no climate.” The op-ed focused on the graph shown below, generated from survey data by the Pew Research Center, which describes the percentage of Americans who think the issues of protecting the environment, and dealing with the energy […]

Earthday: Time for A Whole Earth Energy Policy: Nuclear Anyone?

Earthday 2008 arrives in just a few days. I’ve been thinking and reading about Earthday, and about how our dependence of fossil fuels impacts all of us all of the time. From buying groceries, to going to work, to enjoying leisure activities. Our dependence on coal and oil as our primary source of energy has […]

My First Colonoscopy

Dear Readers, Two days ago, I discussed two of my “first” experiences using the Internet. Well, today, want to talk about “my first colonoscopy”. For men and women, this is an important procedure that a healthcare provider uses to view the entire colon to see if there are any problems. Some months ago, I had […]

Children's Video on Bay Area Science

In a recent study by the Lawrence Hall of Science Center for Research, Evaluation and Assessment, in collaboration with WestEd, more than 900 Bay Area school teachers and almost 60% of the Bay Area school districts that serve elementary school students were surveyed to shed light on the state of science education. The results were […]

Children’s Video on Bay Area Science

In a recent study by the Lawrence Hall of Science Center for Research, Evaluation and Assessment, in collaboration with WestEd, more than 900 Bay Area school teachers and almost 60% of the Bay Area school districts that serve elementary school students were surveyed to shed light on the state of science education. The results were […]

Evolving Use of the Internet—Growing Up Digital

In the last post, I described two of my earlier experiences using the Internet to connect to information and people. Over the past two decades, the way digital media has changed, and how it is being used is truly astounding. Digital media in an Internet environment enables teachers to involve students in experiences that connect […]

First Experiences Using the Internet in Science Teaching

I had two real first experiences using the Internet. Here’s the first: I had purchased my first personal computer in 1980. It was an Apple II, which was invented by Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computer. In his book, iWoz, Wozniak describes his unbelievable creativity in firstly inventing the Apple I, and followed soon […]

Web-Based Innovations for Science Teaching

In the next few posts I am going to talk about using the Internet in science teaching. In 1995, I published my first website for the Global Thinking Project, and ever since then, have been involved in developing websites for my own projects, and teaching others how to develop their own websites for teaching. Since […]

Authenticity as a Pathway to Humanistic Science Teaching

One of the serious issues related to contemporary science teaching is the dominance of traditional science teaching as defined by the rhetoric of standards-based science curriculum. Most students experience a science curriculum that is fundamentally didactic, rarely involving the students in authentic learning activities. The traditional model is overly mechanistic, individualistic, and focused on the […]

Citizen Scientists: Humanizing Science Teaching

There was an article in USA Today’s newspaper about citizen scientists that prompted this post. The article described Project BudBurst, a national field study that tracks the dates that 60 plant species leaf and flower this spring and summer. The purpose of the project is to involve citizens in collecting important climate change data on […]

Fire in the pit

For the past 10 days I’ve been in Texas enjoying the outdoor world of farmland located half-way between Austin and Houston, near the town of Burton, Texas. It’s been a wonderful week of enjoying nature, and the world of antiquing. In the morning, fog rolls over the landscape giving us gorgeous scenes of the farmland […]