The DigiFab group will describe what happens in a FabLab and what they plan with DigiFab. DigiFab will act locally by engaging 6th-8th grade students from the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club (DMBGC) in a year-long participatory learning experience at the Champaign-Urbana Community FabLab.

Join MSTE,the Office for Math, Science, and Technology for Education, for the Friday Lunch series. Quinn Baetz will discuss various jobs he has had and how he got involved with MSTE. He will go over some of the interesting projects he has done at the University, along with the work done at MSTE. Quinn will end by talking about his future and what he will be doing at HP Palm.

Elena Railean, visiting from the Republic of Moldova, will present a new didactical model with core dynamic and flexible educational strategies. She will present electronic textbooks for mathematics and chemistry (at the K-12 level) and informatics (at the University-level).

Bill Cope from the College of Education will present "Assessing Science by Assessing Writing: A Report on the Assess-As-You-Go Writing Assistant Project."

Abstract: Preparation to teach school mathematics should include knowing how to respond to classroom mathematical interactions. Research literature of mathematics teaching asserts that teacher’s ability to respond to classroom interactions is dependent on her knowledge of subject matter and pedagogical strategies as well as instant recognition of what the student is saying. As a consequence, teacher education programs should cultivate teacher’s ability to respond to classroom mathematical interactions by practicing the integration of mathematical and pedagogical reasoning discourses.

George Reese will lead a discussion with the group on "Math Workshops for Teachers."

Gloriana González from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction will join the group to discuss "Teaching with Dynamic Geometry: Is There Something New for Students to Learn?" this week.


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