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.
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.
Internet Mentoring Project:
(This site is no longer available)
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.
are four specific goals of this IMP project:
1. To enhance prospective teachers' problem solving skills
To enhance prospective teachers' writing skills.
To enhance prospective teachers' teaching/mentoring skills.
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
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
VR panoramas, and lots of
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?
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.
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.
(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'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.
(This tool is no longer supported)
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!
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
(1 Mb), created
using Extreme 3D and output as a QuickTime movie. Also,
there's a GIF
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
heart auscultation tutorial, using Director and Shockwave
for this online demo.
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
Dr. Lenny Werner is the prime motivator behind its'
development. Now, Brian Pitt and Dave Gilsdorf are turning
it into a truly excellent program.
Interactive Mitosis Tutorial
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.
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..
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.
Occulomotor System: This interactive tutorial allows neuroscience
students to explore neuropathologies related to the visuomotor system. Created
in collaboration with Dr. Doug Will.
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.