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Remote: The Connected Faculty Summit

On Tuesday July 14th I will be giving a presentation at Remote: The Connected Faculty Summit entitled "3 Questions to Ask Before Using a New Digital Resource" at 1230 PM PST. Here is the abstract: 3 Questions to Ask Before Using a New Digital ResourcePresenter: Michael Windelspecht, Ph.D., Educator, Scientist and Author of 20+ Science TextbooksJuly 14th, 12:30 p.m. PST Description: The scramble to complete the spring semester is over, and now teachers across the country are reimagining what a “traditional” classroom will look like this fall. The challenge is to not only address the learning objectives of the course, ...
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Four Memorable Quotes from “Take Off Your Shoes” by Ben Feder

So why did I choose this book to be my first review? After all, I try to get in a decent reading list each year, some I choose because they are academic, some out of curiosity, and many just because they are mind candy. What then made this one memorable? The title and back cover copy? Well…. yes, at first that is exactly what it was. To be honest, when I first picked up this book, I thought it would be another one of those typical self-help books. You know, a formula book about escape – leaving the corporate world, ...
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How an Emerald Toucan Inspired a Textbook Cover

What inspires an author to select a picture to be on the the cover of their book? Often, at least for biology texts, the choices have focused on what I like to call the warm fuzzies – animals that invoke a response in people. Wolves, big cats, whales, and even some pretty bugs (well, butterflies) make people feel really good. People like to feel good about the books that they buy. One of the more interesting things about textbook writing is that while you may think that the author has the final say in what is on the cover, surprisingly, ...
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