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ITEST at ISTE 2014

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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.Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, ISTE’s conference brings educators of all types and grade levels together to share discoveries and develop solutions for their greatest challenges—all

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Cracking the Code of Cyberlearning

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When I mention my work with the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), people often ask, “So, what exactly is cyberlearning?” It’s a good question with a broad answer.

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Youth Motivation

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The STELAR Monthly Highlights showcase existing resources on the STELAR website around a particular theme. This month we are focusing on the theme of Youth Motivation. Since its inception, the ITEST program has funded projects developing strategies, tools, and models focused on increasing students' awareness of STEM and STEM careers and motivating students to pursue the appropriate education pathways for those fields. ITEST projects often have a

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Project Spotlight: Energy for ME

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STELAR recently had the opportunity to interview Ruth Kermish-Allen from the ITEST Project Energy for ME to learn more about the program's impact. Energy for ME is an energy education program of the Island Institute, involving ten island and coastal communities. Students in grades 6-12 – and their families – are learning how to better understand their communities' energy-consumption habits, as well as how to develop effective strategies to

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STELAR Reception at NSTA

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On April 2, 2014 the STEM Learning and Resource Center (STELAR) hosted an outreach event to introduce the goals of STELAR, celebrate the launch of our website, and to make new connections in conjunction with the NSTA conference in Boston.Participants were new to the ITEST community and joined the event to learn more about STELAR and the ITEST program. Attendees were introduced to the ITEST program and to STELAR’s goals to support the research and

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Spring 2014 ITEST conference presentations

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Check out these upcoming presentations at NSTA, AERA, ASEE and ISTE. Click on the PDFs for more details about each in the handouts.AERATechnology-Enhanced Agency for Community Engagement ● Presenter: Bob Coulter (Missouri Botanical Garden)Elements of design-based science teaching that affect middle school students’ motivation ● Presenter: Brett D. Jones (Virginia Tech)Examining the Relationship Between Educational Goals, Self-Efficacy, and

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Cultivating a STEM-Savvy Workforce

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Today’s world is a global marketplace driven by technology. Rapid advances in technology have changed both the work we do and how we do it. With the new affordances of the “cyberinfrastructure” we now have access to vast amounts of information online. We also have very sophisticated tools, such as visualization tools that help us see things that are not visible to the naked eye—for example, what protein folding looks like—that we can use to

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CompuGirls founder named champion of change by the White House

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Congratulations are in order to Kimberly Scott, a long time ITEST community member, and founder of COMPUGIRLS, for being named a STEM Access Champion of Change at the White House. The Champion of Change honors people who are working to support and accelerate STEM opportunities for African American students, schools, and communities.

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STELAR Center Launches

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected EDC to continue its role as the resource center for the ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) program. The new resource center—STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR)— represents a partnership between EDC and the EdLab Group, which brings a wealth of expertise in outreach and broadening participation to STELAR. Our technical support work will be largely focused on

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