This project will explore how new mobile and web-based technologies can support content-rich nomadic inquiry; that is, science inquiry that takes place on-the-go, across integrated K-12 formal and informal settings. Students will begin the inquiry process in the classroom using curricular activities and the Zydeco web software developed in the project to help define goals and questions and to design data collection strategies and categories for use on a field trip to an informal setting.
About Me (Bio):
Chris Quintana is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on learner-centered design approaches for developing learning technologies, frameworks for software-based scaffolding and scaffolding software, and exploring how mobile devices and media-rich software can be used for science learning in K-12 and museum contexts. Dr. Quintana received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.