I’ve published an article on Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture entitled “A Kingdom, Which Shall Never Be Destroyed: Daniel 2.“
The 2nd part of my Deseret News article, “Giving Thanks Now and Always” has been published.
This video highlights creative BYU student, Belinda. Though she is an advertising major and art minor at BYU, Belinda pours most of her energy into a group project developing a new alternate reality game. The game is called Dust and is being designed to encourage women and minorities to get more involved with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). From the BYU Creativity, Innovation, and Design group.
My new article for Thanksgiving has been published on the Deseret News. Giving Thanks Now and Always Part 1.
At the Society of Biblical Literature annual conference, I’m presenting on “Teaching the Bible with Google Earth and Other Visualization Tools.”
“Humans are visual learners. Texts alone cannot provide the full context for engaging the Bible. Therefore, emerging visualization tools, particularly geographical tools offer promising opportunities to engage our students more significantly in reading and understanding Biblical texts. The purpose of this presentation is to provide several examples of how meaning, understanding, and interpretation of the Bible may be enhanced when it is read in its geographical context. I will introduce several free geographical study tools such as Google Earth, the Google Earth Bible (scriptures.byu.edu/mapscrip) and the VirtualWorldProject.org. Then I will model teaching and studying practices that employ these tools to help learners develop their Biblical interpretation skills. Case examples to serve as models of teaching the Bible visually and geographically will include Caesarea Philippi in Matthew 16, the Temple Mount in John 8, Tel Dan in Genesis 14, Beth She’an in 1 Samuel 31, Timna in 1 Kings 7, Lachish in 2 Kings 14.”
In my role as the chair of the Society of Biblical Literature Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies section, I’ve helped to organized a panel discussion on “Motivation and Learning in Biblical Studies.”
“This session will begin with a panel presentation of the major ideas of Daniel Pink’s Book “Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us.” The session will then provide ample time for participants to discuss potential applications of motivation principles to our Biblical Studies courses. For an introduction to Daniel Pink’s ideas, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc“