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Earthquake Country! Interactive 3D animations for Earth Science Education*: These animations are the result of a collaboration with Dr. Pat Abbott, reknowned seismologist and earth science educator. I assisted Pat with development of an educational video for the California Seismic Safety Commission to be distributed throughout K-12 schools, libraries, and museums in southern California.

*Note: this site is for demonstration purposes only. It uses an old SSC web page template as requested in the original contract. It was thankfully recovered from archive.org when the original site was taken down. Thanks archive.org!!

Tijuana River Watershed Image Atlas*:

This project was developed in 2002 (before Google Maps) in collaboration with the SDSU Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias. It uses an interactive map and  geo-referenced images to educate users on the many different issues impacting the Tijuana River watershed.

It was developed using Macromedia Flash (before being bought by Adobe) and PHP. Image data is stored in a flat-file database.

*This atlas is not to be confused with the outstanding text and image atlas of the TRW created by Dr. Richard Wright of SDSU.

The Case Creator: a video case creation tool for teacher education. This is a collaborative development effort between San Diego State University's Center for Research on Math and Science Education and the Syracuse University School of Teacher Education. Drs. Janet Bowers, Joanna Masingila, and Helen Doerr are the principal investigators with the vision to realize the need for a relatively simple way for pre-service and in-service teachers to share their classroom experiences.

The program allows the teacher educator to import up to five videos and their corresponding transcripts, synchronize the videos with the transcripts, and then search the transcripts and cue the video to the desired search result, add bookmarks and annotations to the videos which you can save and share with your students. Create an issues matrix of pedagogical issues of particular importance to your students.

The Internet Mentoring Project:

(This site is no longer available)

The Internet Mentoring Project (IMP) is a collaborative venture between San Diego State University (SDSU) and Franklin Road Academy, a private K-12 school in Nashville, TN. The idea is based upon research showing that engaging prospective teachers in real-life teaching experiences during their college education provides them with a context for both the content and pedagogy they are studying. In this project, the organizers are hoping that the prospective teachers will gain insights into how middle school students solve non-routine word problems and how to help them when they get stuck. The organizers also hope that this will be a rewarding learning experience for the middle school students.

There are four specific goals of this IMP project:
1. To enhance prospective teachers' problem solving skills
2. To enhance prospective teachers' writing skills.
3. To enhance prospective teachers' teaching/mentoring skills.
4. To help middle school children become better problem solvers and communicators of mathematical ideas (a goal that is specifically highlighted in the 2001 version of the NCTM Principles and Standards for Mathematics Education).

3D Model of San Diego

3D Model of San Diego, Southern California, and Northern Baja:

(This work is old, long before Google Earth, but I keep it around for posterity)

This isn't a courseware development project yet. It's more like a courseware development project in search of a course, but it's one of the things I enjoy the most, and am most proud of. I've always wanted to create my own world, and I've finally taken the first step. Bryce 3D is the world-building program of choice for me. They provide mac and pc versions on the same CD, it's affordable, and the quality is astounding.

Creation of this world has developed over four phases. Explore them all. You'll find Quicktime movies (see a flyover and a beautiful California sunset), 3D stereograms, Quicktime VR panoramas, and lots of images.

Making Weighty Decisions
- The Case of the Sneakers Purchase. Developed with Janet Bowers, Ph.D., and many other talented people. This is an interactive CDROM case study designed to explore the following questions:

How do multimedia case studies further the development of pedagogical reasoning among pre-service teachers? How do they support the creation of shared classroom experiences for pre-service teachers? To what extent do they support reflection on the part of pre-service teachers? What is the scope and structure of an effective case study? What is the nature of an effective implementation of a multimedia case study?

The program includes over an hour of video of teacher overviews and reflections and lotts of real classroom interaction. The video is accompanied by a searchable transcript which will cue the video to the corresponding location of the search results. It also includes lesson plans, an interactive issues matrix, seating chart, floating notebook, bookmarking, annotation, with the ability to save bookmarks, annotations, and notes to a file and reopen them.

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3D Volcano animation:

This animation was created in collaboration with Prof. Vic Camp in the SDSU Dept. of Geology for his Project Alert web site. It was created in Bryce 3D and exported as a Quicktime movie into Director where I added the text captions and again output to Quicktime.

Cardiac Cell Death:

(Warning: this animation is no longer physiologically accurate and is posted online solely to offer an animation as an example of what is possible with Flash) This animation is the latest in an ongoing collaboration with Prof. Roger Sabbadini. Roger's lab has made a significant discovery which may lead to early detection of Heart disease, and this animation was created to help explain the underlying mechanisms. This is the first project in which I've used Macromedia Flash, and I'm very impressed with its rapid learning curve and vector object editing features.

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(This tool is no longer supported)

Inspired by Prof. Roger Sabbadini's Bio 590 course needs. Test your skills and knowledge of physiology with this online quiz. I created this quiz with the QuizMaker, a program which takes a delimited Word document in standard multiple choice format and creates a Perl cgi script for an interactive online quiz. QuizMaker doesn't entirely automate the process, but it does about 90% of it. It takes a 1 hour job and reduces it to 10 minutes.

The quiz provides feedback after the results are submitted, and it creates an ongoing histogram of results. You can easily add images (ignore the "Test Images", this is a working development quiz). It also creates a delimted text file of the results for import into a stats program, AND it can email the results to the professor!

The Animation Tutor: developed with Steve Reed, Ph.D. This is an interactive math tutorial which integrates multiple strategies to assist math remediation students with challenging word problems. Most people have trouble with the following word problem:

"A plane travels west to east from Los Angeles to New York at 150 miles an hour, and returns east to west at 300 miles an hour. What is the plane's average speed for the round trip?"

Who guessed the arithmetic mean of 225 miles an hour? Sorry. That's the problem. It's a tough problem. This tutor can help you understand at least a little of the nonintuitive nature of mathematics.

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Actin-Myosin Crossbridge Animation (1 Mb), created using Extreme 3D and output as a QuickTime movie. Also, there's a GIF Animation version.

Roger Sabbadini, Ph.D., was the motivation behind this animation. The actin-myosin crossbridge system is complex, and we are really only speculating on the details in many ways. However, if a picture is worth a thousand words, this one second, 15 frame, animation is worth at least 15 thousand.

Heart Sounds (375Kb), an interactive heart auscultation tutorial, using Director and Shockwave for this online demo.

Normally, students in a physical diagnosis course must piece together various sources of information, such as sounds from a cassette tape (linear media), pictures from a text, and brief experiences with a subject in an examination, in order to create in their minds what is integrated here in this shocked Macromedia Director® animation.

Contact the good people at Loma Linda University for information on the latest version. Dr. Lenny Werner is the prime motivator behind its' development. Now, Brian Pitt and Dave Gilsdorf are turning it into a truly excellent program.

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An Interactive Mitosis Tutorial (341Kb). What is Mitosis? This tutorial was developed in collaboration with Kathleen Fisher, Ph.D., to help middle school teachers learn, and then teach, mitosis. The online version requires the Shockwave plugin for Director, but you may also download a standalone version for mac or pc.

The Logistic Equation: An Interactive Chaos Tutorial (270Kb). This tutorial was developed in collaboration with David Lesley, Ph.D., for the SDSU Sciences Summer Bridge Program, which is designed to help incoming students develop a familiarity with all aspects of scientific study.

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Parkinson's Disease Tutorial (76Kb), a "jury-rigged" model of the Basal Ganglia and the underlying systems affected in Parkinson's and Huntington's Diseases. Also developed at LLU School of Medicine, in collaboration with Doug Will, M.D..

Avian Respiratory Dynamics (41Kb), a model of the, developed in collaboration with Carol Beuchat, Ph.D., at San Diego State University's College of Sciences to illustrate the differences and complexities of the avian respiratory system.

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The Occulomotor System: This interactive tutorial allows neuroscience students to explore neuropathologies related to the visuomotor system. Created in collaboration with Dr. Doug Will.

Katie Sale the Painter (163Kb), still a work-in-progress, this is a cool painting program I made for my daughter which tracks the users mouse movements and lets you repaint with the click of a button, and plot the tracked data. The standalone Director® version can save and load files, too! The Polygon feature is original to this program. Try an ink type of 2. It's fast on a fast computer, but you need at least 832x624 monitor resolution to avoid being annoyed.

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