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RCET Partners on Math App Project

RCET is collaborating with Kent State University Assistant Professor Karl Koscov ona new project exploring tablet apps for teaching and learning math. The project, Making Mathematics Mobile (M3): Collaborating with K-12 Schools to Explore Mathematics Apps was recently funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and seeks to address a critical need for a digital resources to promote deep learning of math concepts aligned with Common Core State Standards. The project willdevelop an interactive resource for K-12 mathematics teachers in the form of a virtual clearinghouse for locating mobile apps for the learning and teaching of mathematics.

More MOOC in the News!

October 17, 2013

RCET's very own Dr. Ferdig continues to be featured across the country as the K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century MOOC continues to make headlines! 

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EdSurge Highlights KSU MOOC

October 14, 2013

Be sure to check out EdSurge's news brief highlighting the recent launch of a new MOOC on blended learning.  The MOOC, K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century was created by Kent State University and Michigan Virtual University. 

RCET Awarded Jennings Grant to Explore Tools & Apps for Common Core State Standards


The Research Center for Educational Technology' was recently awarded a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation for their project, Connecting at the Core: Using Technology to Promote Excellent Teaching and Deep Understanding of the Common Core State Standards. The projectis designed to to explore the use of web-based applications and tablet apps for teaching and learning Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and twenty-first centiury skills. The project will be implemented across the 2013-14 cohort year in the AT&T Classroom.

 

 

Free Book:  Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology


The Research Center for Educational Technology's Summit Professor Dr. Rick Ferdig was part of a team that created a free downloadable book that offers instructional approaches from seasoned educators in the areas of writing, technology, and teacher education.  This book can be downloaded by visiting: 

http://www.etc.cmu.edu/etcpress/content/preparing-teaching-teach-writing-using-technology.

For more information contact Dr. Ferdig at rferdig@gmail.com

Enroll Today in a FREE K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century Course



August 27, 20013

Kent State University is now offering a free course aimed at high school students, pre-service teachers, and in-service teachers who are interested in a conversation about using 21st century tools for teaching.   The session will begin October 7, 2103 and run through November 8, 2013.  The projected workload is four to six hours a week.  To find out more information and register for this free course visit:  http://www.mivu.org/MOOC/tabid/754/Default.aspx

RCET Summit Professor Shares Online Education Views with News Channel Five 



August 14, 2013

As the trend of online learning in Ohio increases, so does consumer choice.  News Channel Five covered a story of one local family making the choice to switch to online learning.    Summit Professor Dr. Rick Ferdig had the opportunity to share with News Channel Five his views on the differences between online schools..  He indicated that not all online schools provide the same education or mentoring.  You can view the full story at:

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_summit/akron-area-family-opts-to-send-son-to-online-high-school


Grant Awarded to Support Mentored Teaching and Research

August 6, 2013

On July 29, 2013 Kent State University was awarded the Advancing Academic Research Careers grant award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.   This collaborative project includes assistance from  the Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET).  Under grant activities, RCET Director Dr. Annette Kratcoski will serve as a mentor to Assistant Professor Sue Grogan-Johnson, Ph.D., CCC/SLP.  They will be working towards the integration of simulation training into graduate coursework related to language disorders in school aged children.  To learn more about this project you can contact Sue Grogan-Johnson at sgrogan1@kent.edu.



CollegeAdvantage Girls Leadership Camp

July 30, 2013

During the week of June 17th the AT&T Classroom hosted a Girls Leadership Camp sponsored by CollegeAdvantage.  Participants spent four days learning how to use technology for team building, leadership development, self-expression, and community service.  In addition to building character through these projects, they also built new friendships.  Activities included:

Independence Day:  The girls learned the true meaning of Independence Day and made word clouds to brighten the day of nursing home residents.  Word clouds became a favorite among the group and they spent a lot of time visiting  http://www.tagxedo.com/ to create their masterpieces!

College Viewpoint:  Each of the girls had the opportunity to share on camera what they thought college would be like, what they planned to do with their future, and the school they planned to attend.  Responses included things like acting, journalism, and working with animals.  

Fire Prevention Education:  The biggest highlight of the week was a community service project the girls participated in through a partnership with Ohio Fire Corps.  After receiving lessons on fire safety and disaster prepardness, the youth developed  a script and filmed themselves acting it out.  Once fully edited, this video will be used to enhance the safety knowledge of other teen babysitters.  Be sure to check out the trailer below! 

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 Eye Tracking & Technology

May 29, 2013

Students in the AT&T Classroom were given the opportunity to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. Bradley J. Morris.  Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at Kent State University.  The study, “Identifying data comparison strategies in children and adults using eye tracking”, investigates how children make sense of data presented as number sets.  It investigates what children are looking at when they make sense of data presented on a computer screen. While children are looking at the data the special computer screen will track where their eyes are looking.   The purpose of this research is to identify different strategies that children use to interpret data sets.  Results from the study will be used in future work creating educational material to improve science and math instructions.  For more information regarding this study, email Dr. Morris directly at bmorri20@kent.edu. 

take 25 photoThe Message of Safety Reached Over 900!

 

May 16, 2013

The Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET) had the opportunity to reach out to over 900 people at Stark County’s Safe Kids Day!  This event included vendors from all over Northeastern Ohio.  RCET participated as a registered host for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Take 25 program.  Take 25 encourages families to take just “25” minutes to talk to their children about safety.  In addition to Take 25 materials, attendees visiting the RCET booth were also provided with information on Internet safety and learned about summer technology camps for kids being held at the AT&T Classroom.  To find out more information about the Take 25 program you can visit their website at http://www.take25.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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All Study Strategies Not Created Equal, According to Kent State Researchers

 

January 21, 2013

Since 2006, RCET has partnered with KSU cognitive psychology faculty members Dr. John Dunlosky (photo on left) and Dr. Katherine Rawson on research funded by the U.S. Department of Education Institute for Education Sciences (IES)to evaluate the efficacy of a new technology designed to improve the efficiency and durability of student learning.  The technology is inspired by the fact that students have massive amounts of basic concepts to learn in classes and to prepare for state standard examinations.  Accordingly, to achieve their learning goals, students need to learn concepts efficiently but also in a manner that will support durable long-term retention.  To do so, students must be able to evaluate the quality of their own learning, and then to use those evaluations to schedule restudy in a manner that ensures long-term retention. As a project partner, RCET assists the principal investigators in field-testing of the technology both in the AT&T Classroom and in local middle schools.  Click here for the full story!