Grade(s): 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
After spending more than 20 years in the food and beverage industries, I became a teacher 3 years ago. I love science, learning and technology. I am doing my best to bring myself into the 21st century for myself and my students but the learning curve is very steep......... I am definitely intrigued with the whole concept of the flipped classroom and want to learn more.
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.
Ellen Akers is a Physics and pre-AP Physics teacher at Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas. She received her M.Ed. from Lamar University and is anxious to begin work on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Ellen has taught 8th grade Science as well as Chemistry and Physics. She has served on the Superintendent’s Council, textbook adoption committee and Leadership Academy. In addition to teaching, Ellen is often tutoring students or serving as a parent volunteer in the school district where her daughter Alexa is a 6th grader. She has also been busy serving as a trainer for the district wide tablet roll-out in addition to presenting professional development on flipping the classroom
Taught physics at Richland High School in North Richland Hills, TX for 17 years, including regular physics, pre-AP physics and AP Physics C.
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