Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Katrina Kennett is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum & Instruction and Writing Studies and studies how teachers plan and teach with digital tools. Having taught both Education and Informatics/Writing Studies courses, Katrina will share how she uses Google Drive (specifically Google Docs and Google Slides) as an interactive pedagogical tool - in class and out. With these tools, her students do collaborative research, crowdsource resources, respond to readings, and archive their intellectual and creative work. She will share examples and practice-based suggestions. 


How do you design simulations that use gesture interaction to support middle school students in constructing explanations of complex scientific phenomena? This is the overarching question driving the GRASP Project, an NSF-funded collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Education and the Concord Consortium. We will give an overview of development thus far and will discuss plans for expanding testing of simulations in classrooms.


On January 30th, the third EdCampCU took place at the College of Education. Attended by participants from around the Champaign Urbana area (and as far as Arthur!), we brought together in-service teachers, pre-service teachers, administration, school board members, parents, community members, Fab Lab educators, and others.


Michele Crockett, PhD, will discuss the ways in which people think about formative assessment, what it may look like in practice, what it means for promoting high quality mathematics teaching and learning and how it fits into current US assessment policy.


Kathleen Harness will lead a discussion on "Time vs. Difficulty: A Graphic Display of Programming Problems for Young Children."


MSTE Friday Lunch will have a few presenters this week, tell us about the upcoming events at the Krannert Art Museum.


A brief overview of the Next Generation Science Standards will be presented with possible implications for teaching and learning highlighted. We hope this introduction will spark a rich conversation about where science teaching at the K-12 level is headed.


Robb Lindgren and Emma Mercier give an overview of the Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching, & Agency (DELTA) program in the College of Education and discuss related faculty projects.


Join us for our MSTE Friday Lunch field trip to Champaign Central High School. Jason Deal, a Math Teacher at Central, will guide us through a discussion of the math curriculum, as well as how his class recently used distance sensors.

Rides are available! We are planning to carpool to Central HS at 11:30, hoping to get there at or a little before noon. In your RSVP, you can request a ride or volunteer to be a driver. If you plan to get there on your own, please let us know as well. Thank you!


Join us this week to learn about Barbara Hug's NIH-funded project to create neuroscience education resources for middle and high school teachers and students.


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