Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sarah Brasiel Presenting in Several Locations

On October 21st,  Sarah presented to the Education Interim Committee of the State Legislature the results from the evaluation of digital math technology products distributed to over 200,000 K-12 students across the state last year. The results showed significant effects on mathematics achievement when the products are used with fidelity. This year we will be researching what makes a 21st Century Digital Learning Classroom that supports technology integration in order to inform the state and provide best practices to help more schools reach fidelity. Click here to access the audio for the presentation to the Education Interim Committee 

On October 28th, Sara will be presenting at BYU for their Instructional Technology and Psychology (IP&T) Seminar Series. She will be sharing about how we are using the FUN! Tool, developed b Phil Janisiewicz the data scientist for the Active Learning Lab, across three National Science Foundation grants to clean, organize, and analyze data on student learning. 

On November 5th, Sarah will be presenting the results to the Utah State Mathematics Education Coordinating Committee (SMECC) through a webinar to inform the work of mathematics specialists and coordinators across the state. She will also be presenting the results at a Utah state Curriculum Directors meeting on November 20th. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kristin Searle is awarded the Corn Cob Hat!

Each year, International Computing Education Research (ICER) awards two paper awards. This year, ITLS faculty member Kristin Searle and co-author Yasmin Kafai, a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania were awarded one of them, the John Henry prize, for their paper entitled “Boys’ needlework: Understanding gendered and Indigenous perspectives on crafting and computing with electronic textiles.” Awarded since 2008, the John Henry award recognizes the paper that, in the opinion of the conference delegates, “attempts a task that may seem impossible” but pushes the limits of computer science pedagogy. It is also known as the “Fool’s Award” after the Tarot card “the Fool,” which recognizes “the willingness to take great risks and venture into the unknown, with the possibility of achieving great things” (http://icer.hosting.acm.org/general-info/paper-awards/). In recognition of their efforts and the conference’s Omaha location, Searle and Kafai received a giant foam corn cob hat.

The ICER conference is an annual event sponsored by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and its Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). ICER 2015 took place in Omaha, Nebraska from August 9-13, 2015. The conference’s focus is on computing education research, or how people come to understand computational concepts, practices, and perspectives, and how to improve those understandings. Increasingly, computation is ubiquitous in our world, meaning that understanding how computation works is essential not only for professionals in technology-related fields but also for educated citizenship. As a result, ICER presenters use a variety of methodologies to understand computing education in formal and informal learning contexts with participants of all ages.