This past fall 2012, TEDxBeaconStreet brought in a phenomenal line-up of speakers to talk about Ideas in Action. One speaker, Tyler DeWitt, captivated the youth who attended the program, by turning science into story. If we could all have science teachers like Mr. DeWitt.
Tyler DeWitt’s bio from his website:
Tyler DeWitt is willing to bet that you weren’t exactly crazy about your high school science classes, and he is passionate about changing how we think about teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math fields. A research scientist, high school teacher, and digital content creator, Tyler draws on these backgrounds to develop engaging curricula and pedagogies that foster critical thinking, problem solving, and authentic understanding. Tyler has taught high school Biology, Chemistry, and English at independent schools in the United States and South Korea, and he worked as a project manager to develop new K12 science curricula for the state of Florida.
Tyler is currently a Ph.D. student in Microbiology at MIT, where he studies how bacteria transfer pieces of DNA to their neighbors. At MIT, he teaches science to high school students from underserved backgrounds through the MITES summer program, and he is a student coordinator for the new MIT+K12 video outreach project. Tyler is also the author of an ever-expanding online video textbook for high school Chemistry. Tyler has served as a fellow with the Educational Foundation of America’s Teaching for Experience program, and at MIT he is a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Graduate Resident Tutor.
Eager students can learn more about science by watching Tyler’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/tdewitt451