Featured Projects
supporting dialogic inquiry
into the nature of science

timÆus is a web-based visualization tool and curriculum designed to facilitate dialogues in science. I will be piloting the technology in Honolulu, Hawaii, as a part of the next NALU Studies session in October, 2010.

Developed for Esther Wojcicki's Journalism course at Palo Alto High School, In Search of Things was distributed under a Creative Commons License at ISTE 2010 in Denver.
About me

Aloha, and welcome to my LDT portfolio! Featured on this page is the work I have done as a Master's student in Stanford's Learning, Design, and Technology program. Please also check out my blog at nichtdiesetone.blogspot.com.

A little about me:

My Ohana (family) - My name is Paul Franz, and I come from a family with deep roots in education. My grandmother was a counselor and principal, my uncle a professor, and my mother a teacher. I have grown up around teaching, and my passion for and belief in education no doubt owe to that upbringing.

My Aina (home) - I was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Boulder. After attending St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I moved to Honolulu, my current home. Living in Hawaii, I am fond of reminding people, is very different from visiting Hawaii. How? In the same way that living in your home town is different than visiting, except with better weather and warm-water beaches.

My Hana (work) - I help run a small educational non-profit called NALU Studies. We work with at-risk and high-risk teens, teaching them science and critical thinking skills and techniques so that they are in a position to find jobs or attend college. Because most of our students are Native Hawaiians, Hawaiian culture is at the heart of our pedagogical and curricular efforts. Being in Hawaii, marine biology and ecological conservation are natural subject areas. But our mission is fundamentally holistic; science education is not an end, but rather a vehicle to a better life.

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