I’ve been teaching a week-long course for middle school students from around Northern VA for part of the middle school tech institute that runs every summer at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. I’ve primarily been translating Tracy Fullerton’s Game Design Workshop book, which is one of the very best out there in terms of having ready-to-go content that is fun, fascinating, and understandable for a variety of ages and backgrounds. This is the first introductory presentation I created for the workshop, and I’ll continue to share the others throughout the course of this week.
Who I amI’m the manager of publishing and technology for The Smithsonian Institution’s Smithsonian Science Education Center, where I’m working to launch a new curricular product to align with the Next Geneartion Science Standards as well as create and connect science teachers with useful digital resources. In my previous work, I created educational science games for the Jason Project with National Geographic, and worked on an online professional development program for teachers for PBS. I’m finished my PhD at George Mason University where I specialized in educational research and evaluation methods. My thesis was a content and discourse analysis of science videos on TeacherTube.