Spring 2012

Want to test your math skills? Come to our Friday Lunch this week as Chris Cunningham, an Academic Adviser in the Math Dept, will be bringing a variety of different activities he has used in college classrooms.


Delta is a biannual international mathematics education conference. George and Debra will discuss some of the presentations there, as well report on the presentation they gave at the conference.


Daniel Wendel from MIT will be Skyping in to present. He will be talking about their BioGraph project, an NSF-funded effort to study the impact of complex systems understanding and computational thinking (by way of making and using StarLogo TNG models) in introductory Biology classes.  He will talk about tools and curriculum, their original experimental design, and the modifications they've had to make to get the teacher buy-in needed. 


Barbara Hug will be joining the group to present on Project NEURON (Novel Education for Understanding Research on Neuroscience).


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


We have an excellent Friday lunch planned for this week, so don't let the inclement weather deter you! May Berenbaum will be joining us to speak about the BeeSpotter citizen science project and the Insect Fear Film Festival.


This week Morgan Johnston and Stephanie Lage will give a presentation on the  Illinois Climate Action Plan . To learn more about the projects included in the Illinois Climate Action Plan, visit the iCAP Portal.


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.


In this informal talk, Morten Lundsgaard and Avigail Snir will talk about their collaboration with University of Montana professor Lisa Blank on incorporating Etoys as a modeling tool in a science methods class for K-8 pre-service teachers


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