A Passport to Global Citizenship #Infographic

As many of you know, I have been fortunate enough to travel the world. I have two amazing parents who valued travel and adventure. We have been on scuba diving excursions in The Caribbean and South Africa, hiked The Galapagos Islands, and toured Australia. I’ve been to Spanish language school in Puebla, Mexico, and took […]

Is Learning Science as Good For the Brain as Learning a Foreign Language? #Infographic

As both a biologist, and someone who learned a foreign language (Spanish, in my 20’s, by going to language immersion school in Mexico and Costa Rica), I’d have to say that both have helped keep my brain sharp. I’ve felt that sharp tinge of “Oh! My brain hurts!” after both a long Biology seminar, and […]

Types of Visual Content to Improve Learner Engagement #Infographic (HINT: Brains Love Visuals!)

Types of Visual Content to Improve Learner Engagement Infographic The Types of Visual Content to Improve Learner Engagement Infographic presents the 10 most widely used and effective visual tools that you can incorporate in your eLearning courses. 1. Photographs Meaningful and relevant photographs stir audience emotions and compel them to pay attention to the content. […]

Expanding the Idea of Student “Centers” to High School – and Including the “In-Class Flip”

I recently asked a teacher at the high school about flipping his class. He said, “Amy, I love the idea of flipping my class, but my students simply won’t watch the videos at home. I have a few who do watch them, and then the other ones come to class unprepared. They have to catch […]

Here’s Why I Took My New Job

I am SO excited to announce I’ve accepted the position of Technology Integration Specialist at Massillon City School District. I’m sad to be leaving my position at The University of Akron. I’ve had an amazing time at UA, and during my time there, I became DOCTOR Hollingsworth. Yes, UA is changing rapidly, and there’s a […]

What’s Bugging Ya?

We’re having a great time in Costa Rica, so much so that the ants…and termites…and flies…and fruit flies…and all these little tiny things that bite want to join in on the fun. It’s just like camping…. It’s just like camping… It’s just like camping… Giant (living) Rhinoceros Beetle The male Rhinoceros Beetle uses the horns to […]

Poisonous Creatures

During one of our excursions, suddenly, out of nowhere, Matthew says, “Look mommy, an eyelash pit viper.” Wouldn’t you know, my child found a deadly viper. The “eyelashes” on this snake are actually sharp scales above their eyes.   But we also saw sloths, koatamundis, and the PINNACLE of my trip – poison dart frogs!!!!!! Some Amerindian […]

Interesting Creatures in Costa Rica

Creatures in Costa Rica range from the beautiful…to the interesting. The little Costa Rica deer came up to the fence. Don’t worry Texas friends, there weren’t ANY points on these guys!   This capuchin monkey wasn’t rough or silky. He was just soft, and surprisingly strong! His little hands were grabby!!!   Here is the biggest […]

Mateo’s Experiment…Creation…Art

My son is the only student that every single person at the school knows by name. Here in Costa Rica, he’s been going by his Spanish name – Mateo. There is pretty much not an hour that goes by that someone isn’t yelling “Mateo! Don’t touch that crab! Mateo, don’t run in the barbed wire! Mateo, get your […]