At Christopher Newport University, I worked with both undergraduates and graduate students from the MAT program. The roll call: Sara Chappell (TELS), David Wilder (TUPLES), the SPHERE '06 students (9 of them, Cory Scott and Richard Maurer from CNU), Meagan Boyd (TELS), Christy Buzan (TELS/MODELS), Kate Linton (TELS/MODELS). In Summer 2007, several CNU students worked on the SPHERE program either on campus or at NASA Langley Research Center: Joshua Wilkins (CS), Ashley Mertens (Chem.), Amber Siegfeldt (Chem.), Matt Page (Math.).
Click the links below to read about each of the different funded research projects. Some have their own websites.
This links to the work of the Technology Enhanced Learning of Science Center, an NSF-funded Center for Learning and Teaching. I was the Virginia partner in TELS, which is led by UC-Berkeley and the Concord Consortium. We are investigating student learning of standards based, abstract topics in science where the use of models, visualizations and simulations is likely to most positively impact student learning. TELS instructional units are usually a week long, involve heavy usage of the computer (students in pairs), and promote authentic inquiry for both students and teachers. We currently have projects for Middle School Earth Science, Life Science and Physical Science; High School Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics. This project ended August 2008.
This project is looking at the mentoring aspects of professional development in schools where TELS projects are being run by teachers. A new project website explains more. CNU is the Virginia partner in MODELS, working with local middle and high schools. This project ended at CNU in Fall 2008.
This is the model for professional development we are refining. Knowledge Integration (well documented for student learning) is applied to teacher professional development.
GSIC Group Spain
This projects is looking at ways to build classroom applications using Tuple Spaces, a general method of coordinating the activities of many differently abled processors. We built a cool application called GroupScribbles using the tuple spaces metaphor. This project ended in Spring 2007 but additional work has been going on. Details on the Group Scribbles web site.
An Earth System Science project funded by NASA Earth Science Education programs. Students as Professionals Helping Educators Research the Earth. This project ran from Summer 2006 - Spring 2009.
Enhancement of learning for inservice elementary teachers in Newport News, Hampton and Portsmouth. Primarily targeting 4th and 5th grade teachers of science - free graduate courses, summer institute, stipend and free materials!! Funded by an Math Science Partnership grant from the Va. Dept. of Education. This project served 40 teachers by the time it ended in Fall 2008. A total of 3 graduate courses were offered and a total of ~200 graduate credit hours were completed by the participants.
Technology Enhanced Learning of English and Science was a partnership between CNU and Northampton County Public Schools. The PI is Dr. Rebecca Wheeler of the English Dept. at CNU with Chaudhury serving as co-PI. The project brings together middle school teachers of English and Science to apply the Code Switching techniques to students' vernacular grammar and the use of TELS online units to provide content, rich, inquiry based curriculum where students write about the science they are learning.
All science teachers from NC Middle School attended the Hampton Roads Regional TELS Symposium, Aug. 6-7, 2007 and have participated in follow up training to ensure they are ready for the TELS project runs. English teachers have also participated in Professional Development activities at NCPS in order to prepare them to engage in Code Switching lessons with their students.
CNU students from the MAT program assisted Profs. Wheeler and Chaudhury on this project. It was funded by a NCLB grant from State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV). The project ended on Sep. 30, 2008. Northampton Middle School closed at the end of the 2007-08 school year.
International collaborations are an important part of educating students in this global economy. Currently, I have an ongoing relationship with the GSIC group at the University of Valladolid, Spain and an emerging collaboration with the Ontario Institute for Science Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada. Through the recently concluded Tuple Spaces project in partnership with SRI, my students attended graduate student workshops in Summer 2005 and 2006 in Menlo Park, CA where they collaborated with Ph.D. students from research groups in the UK, Singapore, Taiwan and Chile.