As technology becomes more and more a part of our everyday lives, I hope to help create a more equitable schooling experience for non-traditional learners by learning how to use the relationship between cognition and technology to enhance learning. 

“We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.”

Richard P. Feynman

Recent Works

Simulating the Past: The Case for AI in History Pedagogy

What does a successful history education look like? Is it when a student knows every date and time to the exact millisecond a battle or event took place? Maybe it’s when a learner can explain why a given society had a particular economic system in place. Regardless of which approach a teacher takes, one theme remains consistent: that learning history is stereotyped as boring (Tew 2014). While thematic approaches to history give students an idea as to what people at the time were thinking, it’s still taking a broader and rather impersonal approach to history education. That is where AI comes in. AI has the potential to illustrate the stories that make up humanities collective history and bring to life these events. Either by embodying long-dead individuals whose stories need to be told, or by allowing individuals to see on a large scale what happens when civilizations rise and fall—AI gives a learner a better and ultimately more wellrounded understanding of this otherwise tiresome subject. Even the very processes in which AI conveys information can illustrate how different components of societies can work together to create a collective theme or knowledge that embodies their civilization.

You are Not Alone: An Exploration in Familial Grief Processing

Death. It surrounds us, permeates everything we do in our lives in some way or another. Despite our propensity to avoid the topic, COVID-19 has shown how mortal we truly are. Globally, 6.2 million people have passed due to this virus. This has left, in the US alone, thousands of children grieving the loss of a close family member or primary caregiver (Wroth 2021). Grief is not simple. It takes time to fully experience and grow from a loss of a loved one. As such, this course is designed with that in mind—helping children, through the media selected, help them feel better about having to say goodbye to someone they held so dear. This curriculum will examine the unique experience of an elementary-school aged child grieving (particularly between the ages of 7-10), as well as research within the field up to this point, before discussing the specific artifacts this course proposes be used as a means of aiding children through this turbulent emotional time.