In his Curriculum Matters blog, reporter Erik Robelen talks to EDC’s Ruth Krumhansl about the launch of the new Oceans of Data Institute, as well as a number of other EDC efforts that are helping schools make use of big data in the classroom.
EDC is part of the winning team to receive a two-year, $1 million Fast Track Award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to create and study a tablet-based interactive digital game for middle school history classrooms.
EDC will evaluate Adobe Systems Incorporated’s new signature initiative, Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), an international youth media making effort. Adobe and their program partners are training educators in five cities to lead youth media projects. The evaluation team will coordinate on-going evaluation to document the successes and challenges in implementing the initiative; and measure AYF effectiveness in meeting intended outcomes for teachers and students.
The Social Legacy Program (SLP) reaches out to youth and other vulnerable groups in the Europe and Eurasia region, giving them the tools they need to become local leaders and promote social change. Due to widespread socio-economic insecurity and a dramatic collapse in basic social services, these groups face great barriers to finding work and gaining viable skills, while the region on the whole struggles to make the transition towards market-oriented, democratic societies.
E-Learning for Educators, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Teach program, seeks to establish successful, sustainable, statewide online professional development programs that address teacher quality and student achievement goals. Through its EdTech Leaders® Online program, EDC supports this initiative by establishing a cadre of online professional development instructors and course developers within each state.
The NASA Explorer Schools Project offers teachers and schools around the country curriculum support materials and opportunities designed around NASA’s unique mission of research and discovery. EDC will work as a subcontractor to Abt Associates, Inc. to assist in their evaluation of this project. EDC’s role will include contributions to the design of the logic model and formative and summative evaluation instruments, and data collection and analysis.
EDC has been awarded a grant from the social networking site Facebook to research schools’ efforts to prevent cyberbullying and what social networking sites can learn from local programs. The award is one of four Digital Citizenship Research Grants given by Facebook. As part of its grant, EDC will focus on cyberbullying prevention, conducting research in approximately 25 school districts in Massachusetts as they formulate and implement state-mandated bullying prevention efforts.
This project is evaluating the Talk Science! program, led by TERC, which strives to study and enhance the development of teachers’ skills in managing productive classroom talk in inquiry-based science.
The Talk Science! project will document teachers’ learning and study the changes in discussion patterns in 18 science classrooms in urban, suburban, and rural schools. The project’s hypothesis is that aligning professional learning with conceptually driven curricula and emphasizing the development of scientific discourse will change classroom culture and increase student learning.
The Ecosystems and Evidence project, a collaborative exploratory research and development project in partnership with Rutgers University and the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, addresses the question:
“Can students gain an understanding of the nature of ecological science (NOES) in high school biology and environmental science classes that is useful and productive in guiding them toward environmental citizenship?”
To address this question, the project will:
Identify the essential elements of NOES
Investigate how these elements can be taught and learned
Fostering Mathematics Success in English Language Learners is an EDC professional development program. It studies the effects of the Fostering Geometric Thinking Toolkit (FGTT) on teachers of English language learners (ELLs).
The program tests the hypothesis that geometric problem solving, as experienced through FGTT, invites diagramming, drawing, use of colloquial language, and gesturing to complement mathematical communication and affords teachers opportunities to support ELL learning.
EDC is a partner in the launch of a new Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), an initiative led by California-based SRI International in collaboration with NORC at the University of Chicago. The five-year, $4.5 million effort is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Cyberlearning program.
In a commentary, EDC’s David Litts and Linda Langford recommend that messaging about U.S military and veteran suicides focus more on solutions and prevention and less on statistics, stories of hopelessness, and failures in the system.
Through this project, More than a Dream Teen Pregnancy Prevention for Latino Youth, EDC aims to identify youth and parent interventions that address sexual health and pregnancy prevention among Latino youth. Interventions must be developmentally appropriate as well as culturally and linguistically relevant to Latino youth and their parents.
The goal is to reduce sexual and other risk behaviors. Participants will be Latino adolescents, ages 12-14, and their parents.
How can digital games support conceptual learning? And how can games be made accessible and useful for teachers? Those are the questions addressed by Possible Worlds, a five-year research and development effort led by EDC.
This project is conducting a formative and summative evaluation of the Maine ScienceCorps.
A project of the biosciences community at the University of Southern Maine (USM) and the Education Division of the Foundation for Blood Research, Maine ScienceCorps works with university professors, teaching fellows, and over 30 teachers across the state. Teachers and researchers bring authentic lab experiences—involving nucleic acids, proteins, microbes, viruses, human disease, and immune responses—to over 2,500 students.
Electronic Teacher’s Guide, or eTG, is a research and development project of EDC. The aim of eTG is to enhance the ability of teachers to provide science education.
The project will:
Develop a prototype eTG
Conduct classroom-based studies to determine the impact of eTG on teachers’ learning and practice, particularly in relation to the fidelity with which teachers modify and adapt instructional materials at the secondary level
In collaboration with the Institute of Computer Technology, Intel Corporation has created Teach to the Future, a curriculum to help teachers integrate technology into their classroom practice.
Teach to the Future emphasizes the use of technology by students and supports teachers in creating technology-rich units for their existing curriculum. The program trains master teachers, who in turn train classroom teachers in their own districts.