Showing posts from September, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Xiao-Ning Zhang WHEN:  September 26th, 2019 TIME:  9am-9:30am Youtube Live Link I saw a presentation by Dr. Zhang at Daemen College's STEAM Conference over the summer.  I was really impressed at how she took subjects that seem very complex, such as the science of DNA, and made creative hands-on activities to help students understand them. I'm really excited to talk to her about her teaching methods, as well as her projects and work.  This session would be great for any teacher looking for inspiration and ideas on how to help students learn with creative activities and projects. A little bit about Dr. Zhang in her own words: Born in Tianjin, China. Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biotechnology at Nanjing University. PhD in Genetics at Fudan University in 2002. (both universities are similar in status in China as ivy league in the US) Postdoctoral position at University of

Movies Educators Should Watch Episode 1: Red Folder

Many of you may know that I often like to pretend I am a movie critic.  For my children, I created a movie blog titled, " Movies I Want My Kids to See, and Why ?"  It's a slow work in progress, but I wanted to have my children know a little about me through the movies I have enjoyed and which had meaning to me. Well, I thought it might be nice to create a list of movies I think teachers should watch.  Am I an expert on movies?  Nope.  I'm just a teacher who likes to watch movies.  The movies I plan to highlight are movies, many of them short films, that made me really think about education. So with that introduction, I'd like to showcase the Ben Kallam short film, "Red Folder" Red Folder from Ben Kallam on Vimeo . This film moved me on many levels.  First, cinematically, I was captivated by the scenery and character development as the main character, Joseph, is sent on a mission to find a red folder.  As he wanders through the school we lear