Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy

Contrasting Perceptions of STEM Content and Careers

Analysis of baseline attitudinal data gathered from a National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers project uncovered large contrasts between the perceptions of practicing professionals and students toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and careers (Tyler-Wood, Knezek, & Christensen, 2010). These findings have been reconfirmed in a second year analysis based on new data and are reported in this paper.

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Increasing Student Interest and Attitudes in STEM: Professional Development and Activities to Engage and Inspire Learners

The iQUEST (investigations for Quality Understanding and Engagement for Students and Teachers) project is designed to promote student interest and attitudes toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The project targets seventh- and eighth-grade science classrooms that serve high percentages of Hispanic students. The project design, student summer camp program, and professional development model have led to successful increases in student performance.

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Editorial: Innovative Professional Development for STEM Workforce Development

Introduction to a special issue of CITE wherein three ITEST projects are highlighted.  The three projects in this issue share characteristics: programs that interweave formal and informal learning environments, incorporation of practices that allow participants to engage with STEM content in a hands-on manner, and a dedication to improving research on project impacts.  This editorial describes these characteristics in depth.

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Building a Framework for Researching Teacher Change in ITEST Projects

This review looks to literature on teacher change in science and technology education. We address the following question: How do science and technology teacher professional development programs define and describe changes in teaching beliefs and practices that lead to the effective implementation of sophisticated science and technology into formal classroom teaching?

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ITEST Lessons Learned: Reflecting on Informal Teaching Methodologies and Innovative Uses of Technology

The ITEST LRC asked four ITEST projects a series of questions about technology use and teaching methods in summer program activities in order to capture insights that can inform program design and practices in other ITEST projects and beyond.

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EcoScience Works: Teacher Professional Development Through a Collaborative Curriculum Project – an Example of TPACK in Maine

EcoScienceWorks (ESW) is an ecology curriculum that includes targeted simulations and a code block programming challenge developed through an NSF-ITEST grant.

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New program aims to bring fitness, fun into the classroom

ITEST project TECHFIT's summer professional development program for middle school educators was recently featured on WCSC-TV Charleston news! The news clip features interviews with project team members and participating educators as they share how the project is bringing fitness and STEM together through innovative and fun technology-based fitness games that students create. 

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ITEST at ISTE 2014

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has hosted this annual Conference and Expo for over three decades and it has become the premier forum in which to learn, exchange ideas and survey the field of education technology.

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NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Principal Investigator & Evaluator Convening 2014

STELAR hosted the NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Principal Investigator & Evaluator Convening on Tuesday, August 19, and Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. The convening was for active ITEST PIs and evaluators and was an opportunity to share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the ITEST program. The event preceded the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Principal Investigator Meeting at the Marriott Wardman Park.

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Role Model Videos

Through these role model videos, professionals' real world views and application of math show high school students just how relevant math is to their futures.  Filmed on location, professionals tell students about how they use math in their careers and what math meant to them in high school.  

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