Global Education Conference 2011: STEM sessions


Creating the Globally Connected STEM Classroom - Carl Heine, Lead Innovation Architect

When Mon, November 14, 1pm – 2pm
Description Carl Heine, Lead Innovation Architect Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy SESSION TITLE: Creating the Globally Connected STEM Classroom CO-PRESENTERS: Jim Gerry, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship STRAND: 2011Curricular TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers, Administrators LANGUAGE: English PRESENTING FROM: Aurora, IL SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: Take learning outside the walls of your classroom and school. Connect to classrooms around the world. Find experts to mentor your students. Global connections and collaboration are simplified using innovative networking tools such as CoolHub.IMSA. Explore exciting online STEM projects to join or create a project of your own and invite others to join.
Three current projects are showcased, representing a range of instructional applications from student-led inquiry to virtual field trips with scientists to collaborative research.
This session examines collaborative tools and procedures that are involved in developing projects online. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: Dr. Carl Heine, Senior eLearning Architect, has worked on CoolHub.IMSA since its inception, developing strategic goals into effective virtual and physical spaces for innovation and collaboration. Prior to this work, Carl directed the 21st Century Information Fluency Project and the Illinois International Career Academy, both at IMSA. Before coming to IMSA in 2001, he managed the Center for Youth Education at the College of DuPage. At the University of Chicago he earned his doctorate in education, studying the effects of instructional practices on motivation and achievement. He enjoys creating multimedia applications for learning, synthesizing a range of prior work experiences as a teacher, curriculum developer, composer, set designer, stage director and web animator. In addition to designing and delivering courses online, Carl presents information fluency workshops around the country. In 2007 he received a ""Best of the Best"" award from ISTE for his workshop at the Atlanta NECC 2007 conference.

Science Across the Globe - Mrs Britt Gow

When Tue, November 15, 12am – 1am
Description Mrs Britt Gow Hawkesdale P12 College SESSION TITLE: Science Across the Globe CO-PRESENTERS: STRAND: 2011Teachers TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle and secondary school teachers, especially Science. LANGUAGE: Englsh PRESENTING FROM: south west Victoria, Australia SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: Global science projects have the advantages of allowing students to compare data and work with students acriss the world. This pesentation will include how to find teachers to work with, examples of suitable science projects and tools that can be used for students to learn collectively. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: i am a science and maths teacher from a small, rural school in SW Victoria. My passions are for education, technology and sustainability.

Mentoring youth invention for sustainable, equitable societies. - Dr. Karen P. Kaun, Executive Director

When Tue, 15 November, 10:00 – 11:00
Description Dr. Karen P. Kaun, Executive Director Knowledge iTrust SESSION TITLE: Mentoring youth invention for sustainable, equitable societies. CO-PRESENTERS: STRAND: science, technology, engineering, math TARGET AUDIENCE: educators, curriculum developers, technologists, STEM and DIY enthusiasts LANGUAGE: English PRESENTING FROM: East Coast, US SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: My non-profit, in collaboration with a division of a university and a for-profit teacher professional development company, with funding from an education department grant, has been
supporting teachers to engage youth in science, technology, engineering and math through invention. Thus far we have worked with 40 teachers and nearly 1,000 students, ages 9 to 11. In January 2012, we will be introducing a new, online component to the program to connect teachers and students to do it
yourself (DIY) enthusiasts and engineers. Learn how we have structured the program thus far and our challenges and successes. Help me to brainstorm how this initiative could potentially leverage the expertise of our global community to expose teachers and youth to diverse knowledge sets and perspectives that could inspire new kinds of invention for humanity. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: An elearning innovator whose work in the public and private sector and schools domestically and internationally ( has received acclaim in the news media (e.g. New York Times Education Life, Technology and Learning magazine), from public figures (e.g. President William J. Clinton) and school leaders. The book Recapturing Technology for Education, describes her work as “a shadow revolution” (p. 74) for anticipating how education will be shaped in the future by technology. As Co-Founder and Executive Director of Knowledge iTrust, Dr. Kaun is currently spearheading teacher professional development and program development on two federal grants and one state education department grant that she was instrumental in securing for 12 New York City schools. The programs are designed to promote student achievement in literacy and STEM through technology integration and active learning approache

Computer Based Math - David Wees, Learning Specialist: Technology

When Tue, November 15, 8pm – 9pm
Description David Wees, Learning Specialist: Technology Stratford Hall SESSION TITLE: Computer Based Math CO-PRESENTERS: STRAND: 2011Curricular, 2011Teachers TARGET AUDIENCE: K - 12 math teachers & administrators LANGUAGE: English PRESENTING FROM: Vancouver, BC SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: Mathematics is one of the few areas with which there is much agreement on what it looks like, and how it is useful to us. From a cultural perspective, it forms a common language across the globe. However, in different parts of the world, math is taught slightly differently, with each culture approaching math education from a slightly different framework.

On November 10th and 11th, there is a summit happening in London, which will include people from many different countries, where we will be collaborating to build a new curriculum based on the use of computers to do much of the computation which is currently taught to students, and focus on students understanding how those computations agree. This is a global collaboration to reform mathematics education for the digital age.

Our mathematics curriculum has changed very little in the past 100 years, except for cosmetic re-arrangements. Some very modern mathematics, generally done using computers, has yet to see it's way into the k to 12 curriculum, despite being fascinating, rigorous, and very useful for describing our world. Fractals, chaos theory, and computer programming are all highly interesting (or rather, they can be) topics that are almost not taught in k to 12 schools.

This presentation will talk about how we can include these topics, and others, and how we can restructure some of the k to 12 curriculum to allow for more use of computers to do computations. We will also discuss which mathematics from our existing curriculum is critical to include, and which mathematics can safely be done using computers. We will also look at ways we can collaborate to experiment with math education across the globe, and how the introduction of small portable and extremely inexpensive computers may address some of the inequity of this transformation. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: David was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia but when he graduated from UBC in 2002 with a Bachelor of Education there were no entry level jobs available in BC. He moved to Brooklyn, NY to work as a mathematics teacher in an inner city school in part of what used to be known as the Chancellor’s district. After three years, he met his wife, and together they moved to London, England where David taught for the first time in an International Baccalaureate (IB) school in a small private school. London proved to be prohibitively expensive, especially after the birth of their son, so David and his wife Vasilia moved to Bangkok, Thailand where David taught in a international school for another 2 years. During this time he coauthored a textbook in IB mathematics and started his Masters degree in Educational Technology. Now he has completed his Masters degree and works in a small private IB school in Vancouver called Stratford Hall. David blogs regularly at

Creative Podcasting on Kids Talk Radio, with 34 Countries working on the Cabo Verde Tenth Island Enhanced STEM Project - Bob Barboza

WhenTue, 15 November, 20:00 – 21:00
DescriptionBob Barboza, Educator Super School University SESSION TITLE: Creative Podcasting on Kids Talk Radio, with 34 Countries working on the Cabo Verde Tenth Island Enhanced STEM Project CO-PRESENTERS: STRAND: TARGET AUDIENCE: teachers and students LANGUAGE: English PRESENTING FROM: USA SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: Kids Talk Radio uses creative podcasting to work with teacher and students from around the world. We are training student backpack journalists to work on International Enhanced STEM Programs including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, digital arts and foreign languages. The Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project is on of our new list of international projects. We are working with the uninhabited island of Santa Luzia, Cape Verde. Our goal is to work with an international team of teachers and students to create the worlds most perfect island. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: Bob Barboza is an educator, journalist, software designer and founder of Kids Talk Radio, Super School Teen TV, Super School Press, Jr. Medical Schools, Jr. Business School and Youth World News.

Globaloria Social Learning Network for Global STEM Education through Game Design - Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, President & Founder

When Wed, 16 November, 17:00 – 18:00
Description Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, President & Founder World Wide Workshop SESSION TITLE: Globaloria Social Learning Network for Global STEM Education through Game Design CO-PRESENTERS: Shannon Sullivan & Amber Oliver STRAND: 2011Teachers, 2011Students, 2011Curriculum TARGET AUDIENCE: Educators, Administrators, Education Policy Makers, Education Thought Leaders, Education Innovators LANGUAGE: English PRESENTING FROM: USA SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: The Globaloria Social Network for Learning through Game Design: A global STEM education innovation preparing today’s youth for the complexities of a global and digital world. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: Dr. Idit Harel Caperton is a pioneer in using new-media technology for creative learning, innovation, and globalization through constructionist learning theory. She founded the World Wide Workshop in 2004 to leverage her unique blend of award-winning research, business acumen, and leadership in spreading innovative new-media learning projects for benefiting kids and youth around the world. Most recently, the foundation launched Globaloria to invent ways of using social networking and Web 2.0 tools to teach computing and game-making in schools worldwide. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Dr. Harel Caperton conducted breakthrough research at the MIT Media Lab that led to publishing the book Constructionism with Seymour Papert. Her book Children Designers received the 1991 Outstanding Book Award by the American Education Research Association (AERA). In 1995, she founded MaMaMedia and launched,, and Pioneering kids Internet media, MaMaMedia established global distribution and advertising partnerships, and won numerous honors, including: the Computerworld-Smithsonian Award (1999), the Internet industry's coveted Global Information Infrastructure Award (1999), and the 21st-Century Achievement Award from the Computerworld Honors Program (2002). In 2002, she was honored by the Network of Educators in Science and Technology and MIT ""for devotion, innovation, and imagination in science and technology on behalf of children and youth around the world."" Selected MaMaMedia activities were recently re-programmed for OLPC and are being used worldwide by thousands of kids in developing nations. Most recently, Idit was named the 2010 Recipient of the Jessie McCanse Award for Individual Contribution to Media Literacy by the National Telemedia Council. She is a published author and speaker worldwide, and serves on Advisory Boards and Committees at the MIT Media Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education, CUNY Macaulay Honors College, CU-ATLAS Institute, PBSKids Next Generation Media, MEET in Israel, TIG in Canada, and in Shanghai. Idit holds degrees from Tel Aviv University (BA, 1982), Harvard University (HGSE EdM 1984; CAS 1985), and MIT Media Lab (PhD, 1988).

European Collaboration through Math, Science and Technology (MaST) - Ilesan Daniela Florentina

When Thu, November 17, 11am – 12pm
Description ILESAN DANIELA FLORENTINA SCHOOL INSPECTORATE OF COUNTY SIBIU SESSION TITLE: European Collaboration through Math, Science and Technology (MaST) CO-PRESENTERS: STRAND: Thursday, November 17, 2011 6:00 PM TARGET AUDIENCE: TEACHERS LANGUAGE: Romanian PRESENTING FROM: ROMANIA, Eastern Europe SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: Mathematics, Science and Technology is a group of quintessential subjects in European education. Although 80% of Europeans believe that youth interest towards sciences is essential for the continuous economic and social success of our union, we are saddened to witness a decline in the number of youth pursuing sciences as a career. For this reason a few Romanian school districts started the Mathematics, Science and Technology Project (MaST). Through this project we involve our students in school, district, national and international projects geared towards instilling a love for the MaST subjects. From small group presentations to international competitions, our students are immersed in an environment that encourages them to appreciate and even pursue careers in math, science or technology-related fields. During this session the presenter will showcase current projects. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: I have been an educator for twenty six years, with a current teaching assignment in the Physics department for the Sibiu Inspectorate of Public Schools, Romania. For the past eleven years I have also been the Inspector for Physics and Chemistry in Sibiu, a job which allows me to connect students, educators and schools, as well as create and participate in relevant professional development programs. I am very excited to participate in the Global Education Conference and am looking forward to learning about global projects, as well as finding new educational partners for our school district.

Curriculum as a platform - Dr. Maria Droujkova

When Thu, November 17, 8pm – 9pm
Description Dr. Maria Droujkova Math Future SESSION TITLE: Curriculum as a platform CO-PRESENTERS: STRAND: 2011curricular TARGET AUDIENCE: Instructional designers, curriculum developers, project and community leaders LANGUAGE: English PRESENTING FROM: North Carolina, USA SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: In the session, I will use examples of mathematics education projects to talk about the paradigm shift toward curriculum as a platform, rather than a product. Curriculum as a platform has curated content created with an open API. The community of practice co-producing the system needs a flat structure: a distributed, fractal network.
Features of curriculum as a platform:

Materials are extensible, so users - students, study groups, developers - change them continuously
User groups are peer-to-peer partnerships or co-ops, helping everybody to contribute
Contributions are transparent, acknowledged, honored and commented upon
Groups have tools for sustaining the flow by tracking individual tasks, time, and progress, possibly in playful ways
Tracking tools help creative, social and monetary economies of the system to stay sustainable
The platform has starter high-quality content: ""killer apps"" created on the platform
Ways to contribute are simple, open and creative: neither rocket science, nor worksheets
With special tools, users curate the content based on shared values within user groups: they make collections, distill most useful parts, sort, and tag

The examples will come from the global mathematics education network Math Future, where hundreds of educators from all over the world - community and project leaders - share and collaborate. In particular, I will focus on OER (Open Education Resource) projects, and how ""curriculum as a platform"" vision can help them. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: Maria Droujkova is a curriculum developer and mathematics education consultant. She organizes meetings with project and community leaders in the Math Future interest group, an online collaboration of hundreds of researchers and educators interested in modeling software, computational tools, and social media in mathematics education. The group has held more than 100 events since 2009, and has given rise to several ongoing research and development projects. Natural Math, the company Maria founded in 2001, provides a unique forum where researchers and developers join parents and teachers for discussions of family mathematics, early algebra, individualized instruction, and math clubs.

Getting a Sense of the Whole Game: The Idea of Scientific Conferences as Educational Simulations - Dr. Haido Samaras, Director of Instructional Design and Development

When Fri, 18 November, 05:00 – 06:00
Description Dr. Haido Samaras, Director of Instructional Design and Development Anatolia College, Thessaloniki SESSION TITLE: Getting a Sense of the Whole Game: The Idea of Scientific Conferences as Educational Simulations CO-PRESENTERS: Ellen Proestopoulos, Theodore Filaretos, Kleanthis Lagopoulos, Athinodoros Bandis, Antonis Apostolou, Elias Kalabokis, Eleni Hatzimavroudi, Alexia Seridou,George Lysaridis , Alexia Dara, Thanasis Papadimitriou, Christos Atlasis, Thodoris Andriopoulos, John Koutsogeorgiou, Kosmas Dimosiaris, Eleni Mavridou, Maria Spyropoulou, Dimitris Papadamou, Elsa Exintaveloni, Diamantis Bitzilekis, George Papazoglou, Dimitris Tzouris STRAND: 2011Curricular TARGET AUDIENCE: High school teachers and students, university students and teachers LANGUAGE: English PRESENTING FROM: Greece SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: The logic and ideas behind getting high school students involved with the simulation of a scientific conference where learning is approached with a view of learning as a whole game and not by way of providing elements that don’t make much sense in the absence of the whole game. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: Dr. Haido Samaras, BA, BSc, MIS, PhD
Haido Samaras has been a Computer Instructor at Anatolia College of Thessaloniki for the past 20 years. She holds a BSc in Mathematics, a BA degree in English Language and Literature which she received from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a Masters degree in Information Systems and a PhD in the field of Multimedia Learning from the University of Macedonia. Haido has published widely on E-learning and Multimedia Learning Environments in archival journals and conference proceedings and is one of the co-authors of the book Θέματα Μάθησης και Διδακτικής (2005). She has been involved with the creation of web sites and multimedia environments and has taught all levels of Computer Instruction in the high school. She has also served as a teacher trainer in Information and Communication Technology for public school teachers of Thessaloniki. She is currently Director of Instructional Design and Development at Anatolia College and a coordinator in Northern Greece for the Network of Innovative Schools.

Student-Authored Wiki Textbooks: Composition and Review - Edward F. Gehringer, Assoc. Professor, Comp. Sci.

When Fri, 18 November, 10:00 – 11:00
Description Edward F. Gehringer, Assoc. Professor, Comp. Sci. North Carolina State University SESSION TITLE: Student-Authored Wiki Textbooks: Composition and Review CO-PRESENTERS: STRAND: 2011Teachers, teachers TARGET AUDIENCE: Instructors, faculty developers, instructional technologists LANGUAGE: English PRESENTING FROM: North Carolina, USA SESSION LINK: SESSION DESCRIPTION: As wiki usage becomes common in educational settings, instructors are beginning to experiment with student-authored wiki textbooks. Instead of reading textbooks selected by the instructor, students are challenged to read the primary literature and organize it for consumption by the other members of the class. This has important pedagogical advantages, as students are stimulated to take responsibility for their own learning and perform tasks similar to those in the real world. These benefits, however, come with an array of administrative challenges, including sequencing the material to be covered, and assigning other students to peer-review the submitted work. This presentation discusses our experience with the process and its software support in two distance-ed courses, one on parallel computer architecture, and the other on object-oriented software design.

The software is the Expertiza system, which allows peers to review each other’s work, permitting the author and reviewer to communicate in double-blind fashion. Authors are encouraged to revise their work in response to reviewer comments. Reviewers can be rated by the authors they review, as well as by third-party metareviewers. Students select topics through the system, and the system reminds reviewers to submit their reviews at the proper time. This greatly decreases the overhead of managing large writing projects.

The initial idea behind the Expertiza project was to facilitate creation of student-generated content. One of our current collaborations is with the STEMWiki project. We are working with them to develop software support for their writing projects. The idea behind STEMwiki is ""to demonstrate efficacy of the Dynamic Textbook Project, which is a multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop the next generation of open-access textbooks to improve STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at all levels of higher learning. The central aim of the Dynamic Textbook Project is to develop and disseminate free, virtual, customizable textbooks that will substitute for current, commercial paper texts in multiple courses at post-secondary institutions."" Textbooks like this are especially needed in poorer countries, where the cost of commercial books is prohibitive.

In our two semesters of use, 135 students wrote on about 50 topics. They reported that the process gave them new insight into the topic they were writing on (4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5), that they put a lot of effort into their writing (4.2) and that they were proud of their work (4.1). They were somewhat less positive on the credibility of their chapters (3.8) and the usefulness of the reviews (3.4), but their reaction was not negative on any aspect of the process.

We believe our experience is of special interest to global educators. Too often, distance-ed courses have few interactions between instructor and student, and almost none among students themselves. Message boards don't solve the problem, since students often don't read what others have posted before responding themselves. By contrast, students who are reviewing each other's textbook articles know exactly what they need to respond to. Authors have an incentive to interact with their readers to know how to improve their work. The instructor can use student feedback in evaluating each student's contribution. The result is much richer interaction between students, and a better final product. LINK TO FORUM DISCUSSION: BIO: Ed Gehringer is an associate professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University, and has also taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and Monash University.