Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New teachers from Los Angeles and Mexico added to SimInsights network

SimInsights welcomes three new teachers from Los Angeles, California and Mexico City, Mexico, to its growing network.

Luis Neri

School: Tecnológico de Monterrrey, Mexico City Campus, Mexico

Luis NeriLuis Neri holds a PhD in Physics at the National University of Mexico. He is currently a staff professor of the Physics and Mathematics Department of the Engineering and Architecture School at Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico City Campus, where he teaches Physics and Math for junior undergraduate engineering students. Luis has always loved teaching these sciences and has been committed in helping students to learn them, so he has experimented different learning strategies in his classroom to promote active and enduring learning, as collaborative learning and problem-based learning. He is also convinced that the use of online systems as simulations and virtual laboratories can motivate students and promote students’ self-learning. Luis is member of a research group of professors at Mexico City Campus interested on “e-Learning”. This group is committed to design on line systems to support student learning in Physics, Math and other disciplines.

Rob Daniel

Rob DanielRob Daniel attended Ohio State University and majored in physics. After graduating he moved to Los Angeles where he attended UCLA and received a masters in education. He has been a high school physics teacher for 4 years and has also taught robotics and biology. He currently work at Animo Pat Brown HS in South Los Angeles. Rob often uses simulations and virtual labs in my classes because they are a great way to engage students and they help students visualize abstract concepts and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts.

Víctor Francisco Robledo Rella

School: Tecnológico de Monterrrey, Mexico City Campus, Mexico

Víctor Francisco Robledo RellaProfessor Víctor Robledo-Rella got a Bachelor degree on Physics and a M. in Sc. degree on Astronomy from the Mexican Autonomous National University. He got a Honor recognition for his post-graduate studies. He is full-time professor of the Physics and Math Department, of the Design, Engineering and Architecture School of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus since 2002. Currently, he is the director of the Honors Program of the Design, Engineering and Architecture School. He also coordinates the Introductory Physics courses of the Physics and Math Department, and he is the author of the Applied Physics course approved at institutional level at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Professor Robledo-Rella is a member of the e-Learning Research Group at the Mexico City Campus, where he participates actively in research projects about the use and development of technology in education, including mobile learning and on-line adaptive systems. He has participated in various national and international conferences, and has 8 publications in astrophysics and more than 18 publications in educational research, mobile learning and intelligent tutoring. He is coauthor of the pre-calculus book: Introduction to Mathematics: Exercises and Problems with Grupo Editorial Patria, and he has reviewed and translated 4 University of Physics books for Grupo Editorial Patria, Pearson and McGraw-Hill. Professor Victor Robledo-Rella has over 16 years teaching physics at the university level and he is certified in the 2010 Teaching-Skills Development Program of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He gives short workshops for teachers about the didactic use of the Blackboard platform and he has given several science lectures in radio and in several Mexican states. Recently, prof. Robledo-Rella received, along with other members of e-Learning Research Group, the Innovation in Education Award of the V Congress of Educational Innovation hosted at the Tecnológico de Monterrey.