Shape Games

Featured image creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Jonas Tana Shape is immensely important in science. The shape of a molecule, bone, or any other structure partially determines its function. When studying microstructures, it can be difficult for students to really grasp the complex three-dimensional structures that are proteins. I thinkRead More

Down the Rabbit Hole with Alice

I read Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture when I was in college. In it, Randy talks about developing Alice and how it impacted his career and his views on teaching computer science to kids. At the time, I remembered thinking, "I should download and try it out." But, I never did. Fast forward seven years.Read More

Abstraction

The essence of abstraction consists in singling out one feature, which, in contrast to other properties, is considered to be particularly important. Sparks of Genius, p. 72 Looking past the obvious is hard to do, especially when you're up against a deadline. Our quick-to-consume culture has conditioned us to see the world in snippets...short burstsRead More

Science, UDL, and Lesson Design (Maker Experiment 2)

This post is a revision of the original experiment I posted two weeks ago. The main purpose of this is to add more elements of Universal Design for Learning and to elaborate more on the process used to help students build their own understanding of speed based on experimentation. Additions This activity will have aRead More