Educational Technology

WorldWide Telescope in Education

The American Astronomical Society’s WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a visual- ization program that enables a computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together archival imagery from the world’s best ground- and space-based telescopes for the exploration of the universe. It is a powerful resource for astronomy education.

Author/Presenter: 
Patricia Udomprasert
Alyssa Goodman
Edwin Ladd
Stella Offner
Harry Houghton
Erin Johnson
Susan Sunbury
Julia Plummer
Erika Wright
Philip Sadler
Philip Rosenfield
Curtis Wong
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This chapter describes curricula that use WorldWide Telescope in teaching key topics in Astro 101 and K–12 science, including parallax, Hubble’s Law and large-scale structure in the universe, seasons, Moon phases and eclipses, and life in the universe.

Early Math with Gracie & Friends

Play nine math learning apps and dozens of hands-on activities at home or in the classroom. A digital Teacher's Guide supports use in the classroom, and a digital Family Fun Guide provides activities to do at home.

Author/Presenter: 
Ashley Lewis-Presser
Year: 
2014
Short Description: 

Play nine math learning apps and dozens of hands-on activities at home or in the classroom. A digital Teacher's Guide supports use in the classroom, and a digital Family Fun Guide provides activities to do at home.

Early Science with Nico & Nor

Explore six early science learning apps and dozens of hands-on activities. Use the digital Teacher's Guide to implement the technology-based science curriculum into preschool classrooms.

Author/Presenter: 
Phil Vahey
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

Explore six early science learning apps and dozens of hands-on activities. Use the digital Teacher's Guide to implement the technology-based science curriculum into preschool classrooms.

Designing Robotics-based Science Lessons Aligned with the Three Dimensions of NGSS-plus-5E Model: A Content Analysis

Currently, 19 states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) while 16 states have revised their standards to mirror the NGSS. Transitioning from the previous standards to the NGSS requires in-depth teacher professional development (PD) that delves into the three-dimensional (3D) performance expectations (PE) of the NGSS. Each PE constitutes: science and engineering practices (SEPs), disciplinary core ideas (DCIs), and crosscutting concepts (CCCs).

Author/Presenter: 
Hye Sun You
Sonia Mary Chacko
Sheila Borges Rajguru
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

In this study, analyzing lesson plans using the rubrics provided opportunities for suggestions and feedback for improvement to developers and it informs the development of new lessons by the project team.

Use of a Design Canvas in a Robotics Workshop and Analysis of its Efficacy

Author/Presenter: 
Abhidipta Mallik
Sheila Borges Rajguru
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This paper describes how the design canvas of Kline et al. was adopted and implemented in our workshop and investigates its benefits.

Analyzing Successful Teaching Practices in Middle School Science and Math Classrooms when using Robotics

A robotics-based curriculum offers numerous opportunities to enrich science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for students and enables teachers to integrate engineering and computing techniques into educational programs.

Author/Presenter: 
Veena Jayasree Krishnan
Sheila Borges Rajguru
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This paper analyzes teaching practices that successfully integrate robotics in middle school science and math classrooms.

Designing NGSS-Aligned Lesson Plans During a Teacher Professional Development Program

Rapid technological advances are dominating the evolution of world’s economy and increasingly influencing our daily lives. Even as such advances have greatly improved human living condition, a majority of people either lack the understanding of technology or frequently ignore it. While post-secondary science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education seeks to remedy this disconnect, its reach is limited because formal education ends for many students at the secondary level.

Author/Presenter: 
Sai Prasanth Krishnamoorthy
Sheila Borges Rajguru
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This paper describes a program to engage teachers to learn about mechatronics, robotics, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through hands-on activities and collaborative research.

Middle School Teacher Professional Development in Creating a NGSS-plus-5E Robotics Curriculum

The persistent lack of diversity in STEM fields remains a serious challenge for U.S. global competitiveness. STEM jobs are growing 29% faster than any other U.S. sector. Yet, today, white men hold roughly 75% of all scientists and engineering jobs, despite making up only 26% of the total workforce. The cause of this diversity gap can be traced to our educational system, where girls and most children-of-color do not receive equitable public education due to high teacher attrition rates, which in turn affects access to well-trained teachers, and lack of school resources.

Author/Presenter: 
Shramana Ghosh
Veena Jayasree Krishnan
Sheila Borges Rajguru
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This paper will describe the process and result of developing a LEGO robotics, NGSS, and 5E aligned middle school curriculum during a three-week summer PD program for teachers who teach urban students-of-color.

Investigating Classroom-related Factors that Influence Student Perceptions of LEGO Robots as Educational Tools in Middle Schools

This paper investigates classroom-related factors such as pedagogical strategies and management of robotics-based educational content that contribute to the formation of student perceptions in robotics-enhanced classes. Robots are becoming increasingly ubiquitous in K-12 classroom in the United States and are used to improve student engagement, interactive learning, innovative thinking, collaboration, problem-solving skills, language learning, and achievement scores.

Author/Presenter: 
Shramana Ghosh
Sheila Borges Rajguru
Vikram Kapila
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

This paper investigates classroom-related factors such as pedagogical strategies and management of robotics-based educational content that contribute to the formation of student perceptions in robotics-enhanced classes.

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