Aloha, my name is Leon Geschwind and I’m born and raised in Honolulu. Leon went to school at Pomona College for a couple of years, and came back home for his B.S. in Global Environmental Science at UH-Manoa along with a teaching certification in secondary education. Leon did his Masters work on Kilauea Volcano, comparing ground-based and satellite measurements of lava flows (see pic). Leon taught Earth Science, Physical Science, and Environmental Science at an online charter school for a few years and then went on to the science education department at the Bishop Museum, where he helped develop and deliver on-site and off-site educational programming.
He currently works as a contractor as an educational technology specialist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Services Center on the Visual Information Services team. He works on a team that develops animations, interactive media, and mobile phone web apps on NOAA ocean, hazard, and climate related topics for both educators and coastal managers. He is currently pursing a Masters in Educational Technology at UH-Manoa.
He is very interested in projects that that seek to bridge the gap between scientists and various formal and informal education audiences, and how e-learning can play a crucial role in this arena.
Presenter for the Following Session
- Exploring Tsunamis through Mobile Apps, Virtual Globes and Survivor Stories
More people have died in Hawai‘i from tsunamis than from hurricanes, floods, and volcanoes combined, making it our State’s most deadly natural hazard. Tsunami education is a critical component to include when taking steps towards increasing the resilience of a coastal community. Without public understanding of the tsunami hazard and the procedures in place for a tsunami event, communications and effective and timely evacuation may breakdown, ultimately resulting in loss of life. For tsunami education to be effective, learners must be engaged and must engage multiple learner modalities.