September 1, 2006 was the start of an entirely new career for me.
Retiring in 2006 meant it was thirty years since completing my
doctorate (1976) in math education at UCLA, and having lived an
incredible career at UCLA involving the future of technology in
education: thinking about it, teaching about it, designing
(and building) a building for it,
and an opportunity to be invited to conferences around the world
to speak about it. That career was my trip to the
moon! Now I'm on a trip to Mars! Retired,
I turned my time and energy to
my first academic passion: teaching young children
mathematics! As a bonus, I was invited to write a book about how
to teach math problem solving.
My (on-going) life as a husband, father, grandfather and
Interacting with my five grandkids (and their parents, that
is, my son and daughter), provides wonderful satisfaction and
lots of great memories, be it traveling or talking on the phone,
tutoring math or playing Rummy Tile. This picture is at the
Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska, taken during our family trip in
Travels with Lois and Jason
catalogs many of the wonderful travel adventures we've shared
together since our 1966 honeymoon camping trip across the
The poem The Owl's Answer in
many ways summarizes my views toward life, and learning as the
greatest journey which we can experience.
The 2013 Culver City Education Foundation President's Award for Community Service
(see fourth picture down) was very nice recognition of the years
of volunteer support that Lois and I contributed to Culver City
In May each year since 2010 I've served as a judge at the
California State Science Fair.
Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) invited
me to do a book teaching problem solving for math coaches.
publication of Teaching
Mathematical Problem Solving Using MOEMS Contest Problems.
Ruth Sabean co-authoredthe book with me.One of
the workshop participants dubbed the book The Big
2020 The Fourteenth Annual Math Olympiad Tournament
scheduled for March 14 was cancelled due to Covid-19
2020 faced with the reality of being online next school
year, I invited former students and coaches to experiment
with me on how to do math via Zoom; we evolved a model with
middle and high school students facilitating elementary
school students in breakout rooms. I submitted a video
proposal to Culver City Unified School District for support,
and they enthusiastically embraced my plans!
2020-2021 Zoom Math
Olympiad clubs at five Culver City elementary schools
involving about 150 4th and 5th grade students, 10 parent
coaches and 30 7th – 12th grade facilitators. To support the parents and
facilitators, I made many instructional
videos posted on YouTube.
and May, 2021 we did a Zoom based math tournament for all
the students who participated during the year. Here we are doing our Math Cheer!
2021: Teaching via Zoom and making my videos crystallized
many of the ideas in the Big Yellow Book written for
coaches. I am now revising and building on those ideas for a
new book for 4th - 6th grade teachers on teaching word
problems. I'm hoping to find a publisher....
not be more fun!!!
My professional life at UCLA Anderson School
I've selected the links below as they give a good overall
picture of my time at UCLA.
My most challenging research was thinking about how we would
manage all the information flooding us in this information
age. Traditionally librarians cataloged and organized
files and documents for us. However, with everyone using a
computer, personal knowledge management was a serious
challenge. It was nice learning in 2017 that my 1998 paper
Knowledge Managment: Who? What? Why?
Where? When? How?is cited on Wikipedia
in the History and Background as the originator of the term!
My primary research area was tracking the introduction and
impact of computer technology in the university environment, as
reflected in Annual UCLA
Survey of Business School Computing Usage conducted
between 1980 and 1999. This research was the motivation for so
many invitations to speak at conferences and schools around the
As an instructor, my courses were almost always future
oriented: I taught an "office automation" course in the
early 1980s, which reflected the early introduction of word
processing on computers. Also in the early 80's I taught
an introduction to computer technology course in which the
students developed the specifications for the first
microcomputer for the Anderson faculty.
The 1999 description for my Managerial
Computing course (using what was then "emerging"
technology) with its focus on the future, has a fun set of
starting questions, many of which are now answered.
An assignment in my 1996 Managerial Implications of
Emerging Information Technologies class was to select an
emerging technology and write a paper describing it and the
selected the best papers and posted them on my website
thinking that our students had good ideas worth sharing.Bill Palace’s paper
Mining has been a major success from the perspective
that it is still available and listed on the first page of a
Google or a Yahoo search.
Toward the end of my UCLA career, I conducted several
workshops on the Library
of the Future, building on the work we did on integrating
the UCLA Anderson School library and computer
The decade of the 1990s focused on planning and then
implementing AndersoNet, at the time, the most advanced
computing and network environment in any university. These
fun Network Central
Photos show all the spaghetti wiring which the user never
saw, but made it all possible. But, this was just another
step in the history of computing at UCLA. Clay Sprowls
introduced digital technology to the campus in the 1950s and documented
this fascinating centralized computer history with pictures and
testimonials. My mini-
and micro-computer history adds another dimension to the
story. Note: I downloaded Clay's files from the
www.personal.anderson.ucla.edu web server in June, 2017 in an
effort to preserve this history as the server is being
retired. Hopefully all pictures and links were captured.
My professional life before UCLA
Co-author with Evelyn Boyd Granville: Theory and
Applications of Mathematics for Teachers, Wadsworth
Publishing Company, First Edition 1975 and Second Edition 1978.