Teachers Create

During the event, Eric Hamilton will introduce Teachers Create, a professional development community centered on digital media production.


Full recording: voice, text chat, web tour, slides, application sharing.


All Math 2.0 events are free and open to the public. Information about all events in the series is here: http://mathfuture.wikispaces.com/events

Wednesday, February 9th 2011 we will meet in the LearnCentral public Elluminate room at 6:30pm Pacific / 9:30pm Eastern time. WorldClock for your time zone.


To join:
  • Follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/math20event
  • Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the software. When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click the "Login" button
  • You will find yourself in a virtual room. An organizer will be there to greet you, starting about half an hour before the event.
If this is your first Elluminate event, consider coming a few minutes earlier to check out the technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.

About Teachers Create

"teacher creativity at the intersection of content, cognition and digital media..."

This expression captures much of the vision of mathematics education research carried out at Pepperdine University and supported by the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation . The research challenges assumptions both about professional development and about digital repositories of learning objects. It is based on the conjecture that enabling teachers to exercise collaborative creativity through teams that produce digital media could yield surprising and powerful results in the quest to accelerate and deepen mathematics learning in high stakes accountability environments.

The project thus focuses directly on teacher creativity. It also focuses on the process of drawing peer tutor students into the teaching community by engaging them in the effort to build by a cadre of student tutors working alongside their teachers. Together, in collaboration with Pepperdine University’s mathematics department, and drawing deeply on the methodology of Japanese lesson study, Los Angeles mathematics teachers and student tutors are creating a growing digital collection or repository of digital media reflecting the curriculum and standards of the four year high school sequence of standards that students are expected to master in high school.

Event Host

EricHamilton.jpgEric Hamilton is a Professor and Associate Dean at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University. His research topics include:
-Optimizing problem solving performance;
-Networking animated pedagogical agents in classrooms;
-Forming research communities around innovative technologies;
-Web-based learning research

In his recent work, Eric outlined a theory for future learning communities. The theory involves themes that use terms such as “sightlines,” “self-regulation,” “modeling,” “hybrids,” “personalization,” “interactional bandwidth,” “cognitive density,” and “flow.” It is outlined in a recent book Eric co-edited: "Foundations for the Future in Mathematics Education." You can download his chapter, Toward a Theory of Personalized Learning Communities.

Another initiative directed at future learning communities is a complex research and development project funded by a new grant to GSEP by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Science. This project, called Agent and Library Augmented Shared Knowledge Areas (ALASKA), is high-tech oriented and uses new notions of how teachers might function in the future. ALASKA integrates various technologies such as intelligent tutoring systems with animated avatars, collaborative networks, tablet computing, and digital libraries of instructional content created by teachers and students. Pepperdine is carrying out this project with Granada Hills Charter High School in Los Angeles Unified School District.