Addressing the complexity of teaching with technology: Context and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) (at #AERA15)

It's a fun week in Chicago! I'm presenting a paper at the 2015 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. More information about the paper and session for which Matthew Koehler and I are serving as chairs is below. Session title: Addressing the Complexity of Teaching with Technology: Context and Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm Location: Marriott, Fourth Level, Addison Discussant: Joke Voogt, University of Amsterdam Context and Technological Read more ...
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Leveraging the epistemic dimensions of scientific practice to support students’ meaningful engagement in modeling (at #NARST2015)

I'm presenting a paper at the NARST 2015 Annual International Conference in Chicago, IL--here is some information on it and the other papers in the session: Session Title: Leveraging the Epistemic Dimensions of Scientific Practice to Support Student’s Meaningful Engagement in Modeling Time: 8:30am - 10:00am Location: Columbus KL Discussant: David Stroupe, Michigan State University Examining the Teacher’s Role in Supporting Elementary Students’ Meaningful Engagement in Scientific Read more ...
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Presentations at SITE 2015

I will be attending the Society for Information at Information Technology and Teacher Education 2015 Conference(SITE) this week in Las Vegas, NV. If curious, here is a list of presentations compiled by Spencer Greenhalgh and posted on Punya Mishra's blog. Read more ...
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Tips and Tricks for Getting Started with R

All statistical software have a learning curve, and compared to SPSS, R has taken me more time to learn the basics. However, since learning the basics, R seems easier to use than SPSS. Here are 10 tips and tricks (and some resources) I found helpful for getting started with R: Use RStudio, a separate interface that is installed along with R that makes it easier to use. Learn the basics with Swirl, a tutorial built into the software. Work with datasets with Data Analysis with R, Read more ...
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#AEPC2014 debrief

The Advances in Educational Psychology (#AEPC2014) conference took place this past Friday and Saturday. The conference was sponsored by APA Division 15 and was organized around four themes: principles and mechanisms of change, research to practice, technology in the classroom, and social and cultural influences on learning. I had a good experience working with more experienced peers (including Aman Yadav and old and new friends from my program) in the technology in the classroom strand. Division Read more ...
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Modeling learning: take two

I was thinking last week about modeling learning in terms of an article that argued that different "models" (behavioral, cognitive, social) help to explain different aspects of learning. That motivated me to model what I think learning is -- here's my initial result with an explanation below: Individuals have some motivation for participating in social practices. Social practices as the activities individuals do with other individuals, like playing on a team, working on a project, or Read more ...
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Modeling learning

I recently read an article by Bruner on "Models of the learner" which sparked my thinking about what a "model" is and how learning is "modeled" in theories of learning. I found it helpful to think of models of learning as simplified representations of aspects of the theories and how they are related. Behaviorist "models" of learning were useful for explaining and predicting behavior and learning, but they failed to explain and predict things not caused by stimuli. Likewise, according to those Read more ...
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Won’t you be my neighbor? Four books on the sociocultural perspective

I've been influenced by the following four books on the sociocultural perspective and thought a short post was due. The sociocultural perspective looks at learning, behavior, and development in terms of the effects of social and cultural context and practices. Bruner, J. S. (1990). Acts of meaning: Four lectures on mind and culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Cole, M. (1998). Cultural psychology: A once and future discipline. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Rogoff, Read more ...
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Keeping up with the journal Joneses

Early in graduate school journals were very inaccessible to me. I did not know where to start, or what to read once I found one. Over time I started to develop my understanding of where to start and what and how to read, but did not have a way of staying on top of them with some type of regularity. I tried to subscribe to RSS feeds through the journals' websites, or to follow the journals through social media or e-mail updates. None of these worked particularly well, despite receiving updates, with Read more ...
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