GIS helps students map history

Submitted by admin_lr56 on Tue, 2013-10-22 13:06

If you’ve used Google Maps or looked up the weather, you’re familiar with Geographic Information Systems, even if you don’t know it: GIS is creeping into prominence in public life. Associate Professor of Education and Learning Sciences Joshua Radinsky is speeding that up in history classrooms by giving teachers this tool to help their students think critically, historically and spatially.

Flooding the table with ideas: EcoCollage

Submitted by admin_lr56 on Tue, 2013-10-22 12:54

A table topped with a large sheet of paper sat in the middle of a dark room.  It was illuminated by the only lights in the room, a projector and a web cam suspending from the ceiling six feet above the table. Printed on the paper was a grid, a legend and a stylized urban landscape. Several students hovered around and talked about where to place colored tokens on the paper landscape.

CliZEN teaches climate change by letting you be a polar bear for a day

Submitted by admin_lr56 on Tue, 2013-10-22 12:39

Researchers with the Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network never thought their project on climate change would end up as a permanent exhibit in Brookfield Zoo.

They originally intended to examine why some members of the public showed a lack of concern about climate change and struggled to make sense of scientific evidence about its impact on the environment. The team planned to offer Brookfield Zoo general strategies to educate their visitors on climate change based on the data they collected.

The Connected Chemistry Curriculum helps bring science to life for high school students

Submitted by admin_lr56 on Tue, 2013-10-22 12:37

High school chemistry classes typically go something like this: A teacher stands in front of the room and writes symbols on the blackboard. Students copy them, then move to a wet lab to mix a concoction in a test tube.

The Learning Sciences Research Institute’s Mike Stieff is changing that formula.

With the Connected Chemistry Curriculum, Stieff and his fellow researchers are bringing the seemingly abstract world of chemistry to life for students – and raising test scores, while they’re at it.

Intensified Algebra program helps freshman stay on track for success

Submitted by admin_lr56 on Tue, 2013-10-22 12:33

Researchers in curriculum development at UIC’s Learning Sciences Research Institute know that successful, small-scale education reforms can sometimes lose their spark when they're introduced to a wider audience of classrooms and schools. LSRI researcher Jim Lynn and his team set out to investigate how to help struggling ninth-graders succeed in algebra. Even in the early stages the Intensified Algebra Project showed promise beyond the research setting.