To be the best you need to surround yourself with the best people! That’s why we are thrilled to work with Dr. Michael Carter who recently visited the Czech Republic to speak at an educational festival! Read to learn more.
Dr. Carter is our advisor and author of Middle School and High School science curricula and more than 500 lesson plans. Last week he visited the Czech Republic as a speaker at the biggest festival and conference on education in the country, Eduspace. He also finally met the part of Lifeliqe team based in Czechia. He spent a week there and immediately became a superstar among the conference attendees, Czech press, and Lifeliqe team.
The organizers of Eduspace invited Michael to join a panel discussion focused on the inspiration in education. With five more education experts, he shared his insights on how to support teachers in their daily work and efforts.
“My fellow panelists each had developed a unique approach to fostering better learning and each had nurtured and grown it and was having an impact,” Michael comments on the panel. Watch the discussion below.
Leading workshops and networking
With the help of Lifeliqe’s community shaman Martin, Michael also lead a workshop on the importance of lightbulb moments in science teaching. They introduced the concept of 5E’s instructional model used in Michael’s curricula. On Saturday, he joined Lifeliqe’s team workshop focused on the virtual reality in the classroom. It provided an overview of the current use of VR in the classrooms and the attendees tried different hands-on activities with Lifeliqe’s AR and VR models and experiences.
It was great to see Michael enjoying the casual cocktail afterparty where he became a protagonist of the networking session. People got the opportunity to meet him informally and ask for help and advice on their own projects. Also, they were curious about his work experience with Steve Jobs.
He also met the deputy councilman of education of Brno at the party and together they discussed the current issues of education in the city.
Visiting Charles University, meeting the rector and giving interviews
Apart from working with the Lifeliqe team on new projects (stay tuned, we are bringing the news pretty soon!), he also met the rector of Charles University, a big fan of Lifeliqe, and the university’s professors who guarantee and verify the Lifeliqe content’s scientific accuracy. Founded in 1348, Charles University is one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation and it ranks in the upper 1.5% of the world’s best universities.*
“My visit with the Rector of Charles University was truly eye opening — he calmly runs a school with 17 different faculties and over 50K students, amid beautiful settings for student events and faculty meetings. A very thoughtful person,” he commented on the meeting.
During the seven days that Michael spent in the Czech Republic, he gave a number of interviews – one to Lidove noviny, a newspaper with the longest history in the Czech Republic; one to Hospodarske noviny, a daily newspaper with a specific focus on economics; and one to the organizers of the Eduspace Festival.
Sightseeing in Prague and Brno
“I truly enjoyed my time in Prague and Brno,” shares Michael and there’s no wonder. He saw some of the main tourist attractions in the both cities but also unconventional places “spotted by locals” aka Lifeliqe team members. He visited the Prague Castle, the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock, and the Charles Bridge in Prague.
Brno is way smaller than Prague but it has a lot to offer to travelers, too. After spending the whole Friday at Spilberk Castle, former fort and prison (“A day in prison discussing inspiration?” Michael laughed the whole weekend), he was happy to take some time off and visited the famous Villa Tugendhat, one of the masterpieces of functional architecture.
Brno is also a very important place when it comes to the genetics because Johann Gregor Mendel realized the pea plant experiments there and Michael wanted to visit his museum.
“I wanted to see what they do with his legacy, it’s very nice,” Michael said.
For the sake of the lesson plans Michael also took a relaxing walk in Brno ZOO and chilled out during a baseball match of one of Lifeliqe team members.
“I loved the beer, the pork, the sights and the sounds of both Prague and Brno. Each has its own special appeal,” Michael sums up.
Meeting the Czech team
Of course, we couldn’t let him leave without tasting the famous Czech beer and taking a picture with the whole team!
“Meeting the rest of the Lifeliqe team was great fun. I got to look at really neat new stuff and was asked of my opinion of it. And, got to do real work while I was there,”
Happy to have you here, Michael!
* Information based on:
“Shanghai Ranking: Charles University among 1.5 percent of world’s best universities”. iForum. Retrieved 2014-08-12.