As Assistant Provost in the Office of Undergraduate Education at the University of Kentucky, I am very interested in open educational resources and encouraging their use in a rigorous, academic setting. As a practicing historian, much of my research is directed toward a public audience and many times I will turn my energies away from research to finding new channels of communication for distribution of the new knowledge created, recently in particular the history of Kentucky women. My work as part of the University of Kentucky Second Life virtual world community (aka Bella Yan) has been very interesting, and I would be pleased to talk with any of you about this.
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.
The University of Kentucky's Division of Undergraduate Education (UGE) central administration and staff are responsible for a variety of programs and initiatives, from general education to undergraduate curriculum review. UGE also supports teaching faculty at the University of Kentucky who are involved in a Faculty Research Group focusing on the transition from high school to UK in the context of our new general education program - the UK Core. See more on this at the UK Faculty Toolkit (ukfacultytoolkit.wordpress.com)
Kyle Pace is an Instructional Technology Specialist from Kansas City, Missouri. Kyle has worked with K-12 teachers in his district to provide instructional technology professional development for the last 7 years. Kyle also teaches graduate educational technology courses for local universities and enjoys attending and speaking at educational technology conferences such as ISTE, FETC, NETA, METC, Ohio Free Tech, and Educon. In January 2009, Kyle co-authored a book titled Integrating Technology With Music Instruction. In April 2010, Kyle participated on a panel about Education And The Real-Time Web at the 140 Conference in New York City. In May 2010, Kyle was named as a GameClassroom.com Top Educator. Kyle was also the organizer for the very first EdCampKC unconference in November 2010.
I'm the Founder and co-creator of Sophia and I love to create new things. I have a deep passion for education and technology, and I spend a lot of time thinking about how they could come together more effectively. I earned my bachelor's degree in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin and my MBA from the University of Minnesota. I'm also the proud father of three daughters who give me a lot of great feedback on how to improve Sophia. I hope you'll send me your thoughts and ideas about Sophia. You can also feel free to share your thoughts on education, technology, American history (my personal passions are presidential and immigration history), music, songwriting, or baseball. I’d love to hear from you. - Don