EDUCATION


Well-designed and implemented online classes will not restrict or ignore the genius of great teachers, instead cost-effectively sharing those talents with a larger audience. Tools are now available to create online courses, but engaging the left brain and the right brain so the course impacts the largest number of learners takes technical implementation skills.

The online tools can also benefit educators in traditional classroom settings, providing a visual element that can engage more students to participate intellectually and emotionally.

EDUCATION

  • Programming Course Tools
  • Creating Online Curriculum & Content
  • Classroom Teaching @ College-level
  • Demonstrating Science with Magic

WRITING & EDITING

  • Technical, Scientific & Medical Papers
  • Blogs
  • Multimedia Classroom Support
  • More ideas

  • 1- Online Training: Safe Environment & Mandated Reporter

    There are 10 states in the US with less land area than the geographical area covered by Riverside and San Bernardino counties. As a result, teaching child safety and mandated reporter was taxing on the trainer teams. Thus, it became a high priority to create a website where trainees could complete both trainings from their own homes.

    In 2006, only primitive, expensive tools existed for hosting online training and assessing trainees. (In 2013, "there's an app for that".) To address that need, web application software was designed and coded in ColdFusion to host the training. Each course contained over 100 webpages of content, with parallel content in English, Spanish and Vietnamese stored in the database. A special challenge was the fact that many Asian languages require unicode format, implemented in distinctive ways throughout the development platform (Dreamweaver), the programming language (ColdFusion), the database (SQL Server), and even the keyboard.

  • 2- Science Fair Judge

    An M.S. in Analytical Chemistry provides a good background for judging science fairs. These events help young people to understand the scientific method and apply their creativity and curiosity to a scientific question.

    Judging included county (Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire) and local school fairs. With post-graduate education classes came the tools to map the application of scientific method with the cognitive development expected of students at various levels.

    Engaging oneself in the science fairs also entails looking for a variety of ways to use the scientific method and contrast it with applied science. A fantastic candidate was found in the Orange County schools, which offered an invention fair. A proposal was created to consider the concept at the school in Riverside.

  • 3- Promoting Hybrid Education

    Online Education is an excellent tool for ongoing education of adults. However, by itself, it sometimes lacks the human factor, vibrant discussions, and reliable assessments. For that reason, hybrid education may be the most cost-effective option to enhancing the quality of an online program. CLICK HERE to learn more about this concept.

  • 4- Writing & Editing for Science, Medical, Tech

    Excellent writing and editing skills are critical to developing today's new media, as well as creating materials in more traditional formats.

    Technical writing efforts include research and grant proposals for chemistry and post-harvest avocado studies, as well as documentation for several large-scale software programs. Technical editing has included air pollution research, and most currently, two publications for medical research journals. Other writing contributions range from education and social science to mountaineering safety.

  • 5- Chem-Magic

    The best way to teach a science course is a demonstration, specifically a "dog and pony show". Thus, Chem-Magic was born. Elementary schools visited the UCR Chemistry labs to see changing colors in flasks, dry ice with colorful soap bubbles, and tall tales woven between the chemical magic.

  • 6- Teaching in the Classroom

    Teaching for both the left brain and right brain is a delight. It is not only more engaging for the students, but for the speaker, too. Assigned to teach Microsoft Office in Spanish for ROP, it was taking apart and old computer and passing the inside components around the class that removed the undesired mystery for the adult students. It turned hypothetical into concrete.

    • National University: Assembly Language for the hardware found in the original PCs (8086-8088).
    • College of the Desert: Chemistry Lab and Geometry
    • Regional Occupation Center: Computer Technology and Business Applications (in Spanish)

  • 7- Techrofitting the Classic Lecture

    Your current research is "The role of the Iconoclast in French-Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani's Rejection of Landscape Scenes". After 20 years of teaching, you have dutifully migrated to PowerPoint in the classroom. However, with Generation Y (for You-tube) and the Millennials filling the seats, you are looking for some virtual pyrotechnics to light up the lectures: perhaps some Google maps so students can visit Livorno, or custom online timelines so you can parallel the artist's paintings with events in his life.

    CLICK HERE to see an example of timeline technology, fed by a Google Spreadsheet and a jquery program that the user can easily update. Links to videos like Khan Academy can be accessed via the timeline date of an event. Scroll back to the time of the French Revolution to see this effect.

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