Engineering, Science and K-8 Open Education

Resources, lessons, activities to promote engineering, applied science and handheld learning

  • Bring Your Own… smartphone
  • Designing a New Learning Environment MOOC Stanford
  • FIRST Lego League 2012 – Senior Solutions
  • Recycling, Compost, Going Green
  • Human impact on the Earth
  • Build A Plane
  • New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest 2011, 2012, 2013

N8599K from KRHV to 7FL6 .. 13-18 Sept, 2011



Technology Supported Learning (TSL) is a professional development workshop for community college faculty. There is a structured overview with regular due dates to help everyone stay on track and encourage lively asynchronous discussions among participants.

There are associated activities to step you through the actual course building process. We talk about the application of technologies to each of the good pedagogy practices covered, than suggest specific activities for creating or adding course activities. Peer review is invited and encouraged – show-and-tell works for faculty too.

The workshop is offered as a facilitated online course, but the materials can be used by faculty for self-directed learning . Review the lesson outline and comment in the discussion forums.

Short on time? Read through the materials without doing all the suggested activities. That’s ok, too. The important thing is to think about your teaching and learning.  …Overview


CIS2 textbook options

Now that we have talked about open textbooks and you have had an opportunity to review some, please select your “favorite” option. Here are some choices – pick what would be your preference if you were going to take CIS2 again.

  • Same textbook – print $80 or online $35 – 4
  • Free online textbook – print on-demand $40 – 6
  • Online readings – students can print – 6
  • eBook reader format (Kindle, Nook, iPad) – 2
  • Need to highlite, add notes – 1
  • CIS2 class surveyed – 11M

Brain color

Add yourself to your Brain Color group by selecting your brain color. You can see who is in your group for the Brain Color discussions.

  • Blue – 8
  • Gold – 3
  • Green – 6
  • Orange – 2
  • CIS2 class surveyed – 11M


Which hand do you use for writing? Most people have a preference for using their left hand or their right hand. Many can do some tasks with either hand. Like opening a jar – if you can’t get it open with your right hand, you probably switch and try with your left hand. A few people were forced to learn to write with their right hand, even though they are naturally left-handed (and their writing is usually un-readable). Some people are hopelessly left-handed or right-handed.

When working in groups, having some diversity is often helpful. A colleague observed that having a “lefty” in a group always produced “better” results. I have no idea if this is true or not, but it is an interesting theory to test. Select the choice that best represents your handed-ness.

  • very left-handed – 1
  • somewhat left-handed – 1
  • truly ambidextrous – 0
  • somewhat right-handed – 4
  • very right-handed – 14
  • CIS2 class surveyed – 11M

VARK Learning styles

VARK Questionnaire : How Do I Learn Best?

  • Visual – 2
  • Aural – 0
  • Read/write – 2
  • Kinesthetic – 4
  • Multimodal – 6
  • CIS2 class surveyed – 11M


A collection of posts from Financial Reality covering a broad range of topics that serve as an introduction to personal financial management and chronicle events through these uncertain times.

  • Basics – knowing what you need to know – concepts, explanations
  • Next phase – figuring out what you and others “know” that is wrong – beyond the basics
  • Heroes and villains – who they are and how to tell them apart
  • Changing times – a brief history

Learn more…

mutual funds, distributions and tax liabilities – Hussman

financial independence outline– learning objectives, resources


Trip reports



  • financial independence – family bookkeeping, money management, paper portfolio, behavioral economics, Austrian school, financial independence, paper portfolio
  • teaching and learning – CIS 2, TSLR technology to support learning & retention
  • nutrition & healthy eating – nutrition in the community, workshops for seniors, new opportunities, operation frontline, childhood obesity, drink tap water, positive deviance (Jerry Sterlin), marin co, dominican
  • young women over 60 – stories, pictures
  • collaboration – writing, teaching, trips, meetings, interviews, nutrition
  • mental/personal growth – courses, planning
  • spiritual – volunteer, community – 142 Throckmorton Theater, Mountain Play, women’s initiative san rafael, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, MV library
  • physical – sailing, cruising, east bay hiking, curves, marin hiking, sierra club, tamalpais
  • social – race committee, dinner guests, hiking