Monday, April 28, 2014

SOE Chalk Talk to be held on May 6

Tags: deans updates, keren-kolb, lectures and talks, palincsar, teacher effectiveness, technology

On Tuesday, May 6, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Prechter Lab (Room 2202), the second installment of the SOE Chalk Talk series will be held. Chalk Talks are informal presentations of in- progress research ideas, designed to stimulate conversation that helps move the researchers to the next stage of development as they pursue particular ideas. Chalk Talks are also meant to provide a space for sharing not yet fully developed ideas or innovations that others might think are “unusual” or risky and getting feedback to ready a scholar for the formal funding proposal. Finally, they are intended to seed collaborations among and beyond SOE colleagues. This event will feature Elizabeth Keren-Kolb and Annemarie Palincsar.

Liz Kolb will be discussing her current research project (a collaboration with members of the 4T Virtual Conference Committee) on preparing in-service and pre-service teachers to design effective synchronous learning spaces online (such as webinars). This project is currently funded by a Third Century Grant. The committee is in the early phase of analyzing data and is interested in providing some answers to questions that educators have about virtual teaching and preparing teachers to work in these environments. In addition, Liz would like to consider ideas on expanding this study and what types of grants to apply for in order to do so.

Annemarie Palincsar will share the work of the WeInvestigate team, which has developed and piloted a mobile device that supports student collaboration in investigating scientific simulations and modeling scientific phenomena. The WeInvestigate team is now seeking funding to determine for whom, how well, in what contexts, and why this device works to promote student engagement and learning. Annemarie will present the work of the team and share the dilemmas they face as they develop proposals for funding. Questions to be considered are: What are the "ideal" classrooms in which to study the efficacy of this device? What forms of support should be provided to the classroom teacher? What should the WeInvestigate team be measuring to provide evidence of engagement and learning? How does the team account for the role that the culture of the classroom is playing in the uptake of the device?

Please join your colleagues for this interesting conversation. All are welcome!

Liz Kolb is Clinical Associate Professor

Annemarie Sullivan Palincsar is Chair, Educational Studies, Professor of Education; Jean and Charles Walgreen Professor of Reading and Literacy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

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