Grade(s): Middle School
Ashlie Smith has been with Cranbrook Educational Community for over 10 years. She is a teacher and a parent whose early-on outdoor education experience led her to earning a Master’s of Arts and Teaching in Secondary Science Education. She is an educator in a single-gender, physical science classroom exposing girls to a world of meaningful and challenging experiences.
Ashlie’s passion and investment in technology has led her to be pilot programs for iPad integration and SMART Technology software at her school. As a classroom “flipper”, flipped classroom teacher, Ashlie’s innovative videos make science come alive. To learn more about her videos, click here. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops such as Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA), SMART Technologies and The Association for Independent Michigan Schools (AIMS). Ashlie is a member of many organizations such as the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA),Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) andInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) . She was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award in 2012 from Cranbrook Schools, SMART Exemplary Educator from SMART Technologies and BAMMY! Awards nominee for middle school.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
Co-founder of eduCanon. We just launched our platform on September 3rd and I'm looking to learn from the great educators on Sophia to see how we can make eduCanon work best for the flipped classroom. eduCanon is an online learning platform for teachers to build and share interactive video lessons. Teachers can take any video content on YouTube and make it more active through time-embedded formative assessments. eduCanon.com