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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


NSF STEM for All -Carry our Culture

This project, represented so artfully by Jenna Welsh’s creative skill is one part of the interaction – the other equally important part of the communication is the comments (156 of them!) related to the video’s message. We carry our culture in our language and with this project, since our language is mathematics and technology – we share a common culture!  Here is a word cloud of the key words* that we have generated together in this forum.


NSF discussion word frequency


NSF STEM for All Showcase Goes Live May 14-21, 2018

For one week, starting Monday, May 14 -21, the STEM for All Showcase, highlighting various NSF-funded projects advancing STEM education, will be fully activated for engagement. This is a great way to see thinking in action and the interesting projects going on across the globe.
Check out our research team’s video May 14 – 21st… you may want to visit periodically, contribute to the comments and ask questions. The comments will only be active during this week.
IC4 STEM for All Video

Here is Information on the Research

Research on an International Network for STEM Media Making and Student-Led Participatory Teaching

How does collaborative STEM project-based learning change when the participating students represent fundamentally distinct cultures, countries, economic, and social backgrounds, and work together over synchronous and asynchronous internet settings?

Does the use of videoconferencing in such STEM project-based learning settings alter intersubjectivity or shared meaning in ways that might have broad social impact?

Differences in where people live and in our cultures factor deeply into social and economic fractures in US and global society. Can students working together across such boundaries experience virtual presence and shared meaning-making through project collaborations in ways that allow deeper appreciation of each other’s differences, and reduce such fractures?

Does such collaboration from the context and comfort of one’s own cultural settings helped to neutralize anxiety and distrust of others, and in ways that are promising for the next generation learning settings that will feature more abundant international collaboration at middle and secondary school levels?

Featuring students who collaborate with one another from sixteen sites in the US, Kenya, Finland, Namibia, Mexico, Iran, and India, the IC4 project explores the intersection of learning, culture, and collaboration. Supported by NSF’s AISL Program, the project provides an international, collaborative, and digital makerspace that explores these questions and seeks to understand how student learning changes when collaborating teams identify themselves as teachers seeking to help peers understand STEM topics.

NSF Awards: 1612824

IC4 Research Team

Also, check out other projects in the Showcase, at least two or three, and provide some comments to them. Dialogue and exchange adds to our awareness of innovations in our learning landscape.




Helping High School Researchers Develop Questioning and Research Skills- IC4 Research

Several action item requests emerged from the recent IC4 Advisory Board meeting. One of the action items came from teachers who noted that high school students needed opportunities to develop research skills in other courses besides ELA and the traditional research paper project.

I am working on just such a resource. One of the main starting points for all research is the ability to wonder and then turn wonder into an essential research question.

Given that most students learn best from visual resources, I’m using the StoryboardThat app to create the masthead for the emerging researchers resource.





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Mathematics and Technology Coalesce in IC4 Research Themes

After our team meeting, with both face-to-face and virtual participation from teachers, graduate students, professors, team leaders, and students, the following themes appeared across the transcripts of digital notes:



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Mathematics and Technology Coalesce in IC4 Research

The catalytic component of mathematics instruction and video technology makes great strides in learning for high school students, thanks to the NSF-sponsored research of the IC4 team, directed by Dr. Eric Hamilton, principal investigator.




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#DLDaywebinar,  Digital Learning Day 2018: Blending Teaching and Technology to Improve Student Outcomes

Happy Digital Learning Day! Digital Learning Day was created in 2012. This year, 2018, is the 7th annual occurrence. There are over 1500 events occurring in celebration of digital learning and computer-mediated instruction. The focus and activities center around this essential question: How technology can enhance student learning?

There was an engaging and dynamic webinar today. I am so glad to have spent my lunchtime attending this webinar. You can see my tweets and the tweets of other attendees at the following hashtag: #DLDayWebinar

If you missed the  Digital Learning Day 2018: Blending Teaching and Technology to Improve Student Outcomes, you can watch it here on YouTube: 

Here are my webinar notes:

Alliance for Excellence in Education: Webinar – all4ed.org/webinar

Showcase quote at timestamp ~~46:00

Digital Learning Day is a “safe place for educators to try something new with technology” ~ Tom Murray, webinar moderator

Great example from a teacher’s lesson plan is a QR-code to log miles

Transformational technology

What I love that I’m learning

Systemic process

Adapt on the fly


Stagnant feeling when you want to do something

What is Step 1?- start to break the (thought) paralysis

Performance-based learning is distinctly different from online learning

“It’s not about us-it’s about the kids-student autonomy emerges”- Joe Vagt

“Academic urgency is for students vs teacher-centered instruction” ~Nikolaus Namba, @NikNamba

“Be thoughtful about the norms and culture you create” ~Tom Murray

Stop Waiting!

Cyclical progress of program assessment-students working in blended modalities with their families

Not a digital worksheet storage hub by a high-quality culture of innovation ~Tom Murray

Lagging metric tools layer ~

1st start measuring steps focus on implementation metrics – implementation leading metrics
student voice metric and also lagging metric tools. ~ Beth Rabbitt

Regarding the use of devices- ask “what are the coalition of the willing” ~Tom Arnett

(Agree!) I am fully of the belief that our 5 & 6 year-old learners can do anything (with technology) that our high school learners can do. ~ Nikolaus Namba, @NikNamba

Under the mental processes that our learners are using as they encounter and as they come up with their solutions

Beyond a Digital Divide to a Digital Use Divide
Active use vs. consumption use

Download this report at futureready.org/blendedlearning


See additional Digital Learning Day posts here


Just added a new discussion on The Global Education Conference Network

Just added a new discussion on The Global Education Conference Network.
I am proposing to present:

Participatory Spontaneity: What Is It and How Can We Achieve It Online?


Would a session addressing Participatory Spontaneity be of interest to you?

Any volunteers to co-present?

Click here to learn more and/or submit your own idea(s) for a presentation: The Global Education Conference Network

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Participatory Spontaneity – Key Words

When observed, the engagement concept of Participatory Spontaneity resonates with the following key words:


The key that is the central concept for me is one I learned about over 30 years ago while in undergraduate courses.  My professor, Dr. Chantrey Fritts, emphasized the importance of Collegiality in teaching and learning. Collegiality is relational.

Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues (Link). Colleagues are those explicitly united in a common purpose and respecting each other’s abilities to work toward that purpose (Link).

Because of new media opportunities, our audience of colleagues grows beyond borders.


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Participatory Spontaneity- A Benefit of Online Discourse

Digital media and emerging technologies, especially social media, change the educational lives of students, teachers, administrators… and those who love them! The rush to add associations labeled as “Friends,” “Contacts,” “Followers,” “BFFs,” “Super BFF,” “Besties,” “Mutual Besties,” “Mutual BFs,” (and many more), reflects the desire to connect and interact.

The spontaneity of participatory discussion is fun. Using long and short discourse, conversationally toned text, even emojis and animated gifs, ideas sprout, grow, and transplant across minds and miles.

Through the experience of a knowledgeable educator, the spontaneity of participatory discussion achieves a heightened level of learner engagement.

Over the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be thinking and writing about The spontaneity of participatory discussion, or Participatory Spontaneity. I would love to learn about your experiences with Participatory Spontaneity too so please share comments.




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Grandparents’ Day Sunday September 10 Has Tech Implications

This Sunday, September 10 is Grandparents’ Day!!

The role of grand-parenting has certainly changed in our history. Take a look at the statistics:

Did You Know:

Number of grandparents in the U.S.    70,000,000
Percent of U.S. households lead by grandparents    37 %
Percent of Grandparents that are the primary caregiver to their grandchildren    13 %
Percent of people who became a grandparent in their 50’s    43%
Percent of people who became a grandparent in their 40’s    37%

Also, perceptions of porches and rockers as the primary activity of grandparents are inaccurate. Consider these latest data findings:

Percent of grandparents who use the internet 75 %
Percent of grandparents who use search engines to find information 70 %
Percent of grandparents who shop online 63 %
Percent of grandparents who use Instant message 30 %
Percent of grandparents who share photos online 56 %
Percent of grandparents who bank online 46 %
Percent of grandparents who use a social network like Facebook or Twitter 45 %
Percent of grandparents who still have a full-time or part-time job 60 %
Percent of grandparents who have started their own business 23 %



Reaching new heights: 2% of grandparents have gone ski diving
Photo Source; MRama, 2015-2016 PGC/ACU Images of Aging Photo Contest


So, Sunday, be sure to call, text, or FB-wall Grannie and PaPa today to wish them Happy Grandparents’ Day!


Statistics Source

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