• General

    The Opposite Of This

    Attending a session at EdMedia 2011 entitled ‘Using Critical Social Theories to Examine Digital Equity for Indigenous, Colonized, or Marginalized Peoples’. It is pretty much the exact opposite of the sentiments in this quote from Paul Feyerabend: …my concern is neither rationality, nor science, nor freedom – abstractions such as…

  • General

    A few images from Lisbon

    Looking out over Lisbon through an arched window at the top of the Castello de Sao Jorge (Castle of St George – presumably not the English dragon guy…) Epic triumphal architecture: there’s lots of it in Lisbon. Blokes on horses, blokes on columns. Women in the sculptures tend to be…

  • General

    Rejoining

    I applied for a research grant from the Australian Research Council in February to continue my work on visualisations in chemistry and physics teaching. We asked for $230,000 over 3 years. The process of evaluating the application takes a looong time: applications are submitted in February and decisions come out…

  • General

    Further Adventures

    Didn’t get time to update here yesterday: still working on sorting out the jetlag and moving my sleep and waking times to match Lisbon. So, today was the conference, including my presentation. I think it went well, and was well received. I enjoyed presenting – had a half hour and…

  • General

    LinkedIn

    Finally ended up succumbing and joining LinkedIn. Add me here if you want to: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-geelan/36/465/378

  • Science Stuff - Teaching

    Parabens

    I wanted to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to a couple of good friends, and since I’m in Portugal I looked up how to do it in Portuguese1. One way to say it is ‘Parabens!’ – and my chemistry ears pricked up a bit. In chemistry the parabens are a family of…

  • General

    Loose End In Lisbon

    Hmm, just figured out something I probably should have figured out sooner… Although the conference is advertised as starting on the 27th, all that happens that day is registration, which can be done on other days anyway, so all the action starts on the 28th. So, really, rocking up at…

  • General

    Up In The Air

    Just a little blurb about my travel plans over the next few weeks (which may also explain a certain amount of ‘radio silence’ on the blog, though who knows, I might be stimulated to post more!) Time zones make it a bit tricky to figure out how long flights are,…

  • General

    Preach It, Glen Barton!

    Glen Barton is someone who I taught – along with his awesome wife Kristel – many many years ago as a beginning teacher. They seem to have survived the experience! This is part of a letter Glen wrote to his local Labor member of parliament, but he shared it on…

  • General

    Jokes Just For Me (Shared)

    A lot of the little jokes I come up with in my head are so obscure that I tend to have to just enjoy them for my own amusement, since for other people they’d require explaining, which would spoil them. That’s no sort of elitist statement, just a comment on…

  • General

    Gotta Honour The Faithfulness

    Will Hopoate is a stunning young Rugby League player. He plays for my beloved Manly Sea Eagles in the national competition, and is amazingly skilled. He’s only 19, and has only played 15 NRL games. He was picked for State of Origin and scored a stunning try on debut. He’s…

  • Teaching

    Social Promotion

    I wrote very briefly – one dot point in a long list – about this issue in 2008, but thought I’d unpack it in a bit more detail now. Full disclosure up front: I repeated Grade 1. I was upset on the day they told me – and it wasn’t…

  • Teaching

    What’s The Difference?

    Here’s the second layer of the discussion I started in yesterday’s post about teaching. Our mission in this particular project is not so much to focus on enhancing teaching for all students, although that would be a nice side effect. Rather, we could think about it as finding ways to…