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Embedded phenomena:Technologies for making believe and building understandings

About the series

The Cyberlearning: Transforming Education Working Group is delighted to announce a Distinguished Lecture Series focusing on the future of learning technologies. The series, titled Designing Disruptive Learning Technologies, will showcase cyberlearning projects funded across NSF's programs that focus on imaginative ways that technology can be used to change the way we help people learn. Talks will showcase ways to help children do field science in their classrooms, use augmented reality to make invisible phenomena visible and promote appreciation of change over time, using robotic puppets to turn children's play into modeling and simulation experiences, enacting apprenticeships through crowd sourcing, and more. The interdisciplinary working group includes representatives from CISE, EHR, SBE, and ENG, and the projects to be showcased draw from across those disciplines and others.

Each month a distinguished speaker will help us imagine and explore the future of learning technologies in a lunchtime brownbag session. Each speaker will also conduct an interactive afternoon session where participants may experience learning with those technologies and discuss their implications and related technological and educational challenges.

Our first Distinguished Speaker, Professor Tom Moher of the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present at 12pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2013 in room 110. In his talk, he will showcase his designs for using "embedded phenomena" to bring the field into the classroom and foster learning from those experiences. Using RoomQuake, 4th and 5th graders experience earthquakes, find their epicenters, and calculate their magnitude and intensity. RoomBugs and WallScopes simulate dynamic spatial phenomena, such as an insect infestation, and allow students to collaboratively observe, collect, and analyze real-time data. From 2:30 to 4:00, also in room 110, you will be able to experience some of his technology. Bring your laptop. Come to one session or both; all are welcome.

For more information about the series, contact Natalie Harr, Einstein Fellow, nharr@nsf.gov


The lecture and webinar will be held from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Please register at https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/j.php?ED=238019002&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D  by 10:00am EST on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Please be sure to join a few minutes before the start of the webinar. This system does not establish a voice connection on your computer; instead, there will be a toll-free phone number that you will be prompted to call after joining. In the event the number of requests exceeds the capacity, some requests may have to be denied.


Please register by 10:00pam EST on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. We cannot guarantee acceptance after this time.


Please contact our speaker, Tom Moher, for a copy of his presentation at moher@uic.edu

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