Understanding responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic and solving other pressing global and local problems requires the ability to develop and use models and apply both system thinking and computational thinking. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) include systems and system models as one of the crosscutting concepts, and developing and using models and using […]
“Warm wet winters with westerly winds.” That, says Paul Horwitz, “is the only thing I remember from Mr. Taylor’s sixth grade class. He was my favorite teacher, though.” (Paul was attending the Overseas School of Rome at the time, and the alliteration describes the Mediterranean climate.) To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we shared stories of […]
The year 2019 was a very special one for the Concord Consortium and we’re delighted to present the year in review with our top 10 news stories!
We’re making an impact with 12 publications in researcher and teacher practitioner journals that showcase the state of the field in STEM educational technology in 2019. Learn about a theoretical framework that positions students as data producers rather than merely data collectors (#10), automated text scoring and feedback in Earth science curriculum modules (#3, #12), […]
We’re excited to announce a new set of stickers to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We want to share our love of STEM and celebrate this milestone anniversary with you in a fun and playful way, so we’re including a special sticker sheet in our fall @Concord newsletter. We hope you enjoy these stickers, designed to […]
Michael Lim loves literature that’s inspiring. “What better way to enjoy meaningful texts than to teach them?” he thought. So he earned his college degree in English education. However, when he graduated there were no jobs available. Thankfully, he also had a “few years of pre-med classes,” so he put them to good use and became a long-term substitute chemistry teacher. Michael went on to pass the chemistry certification exam, and has been teaching 10th, 11th, and 12th grade chemistry for twelve years.
We started in a quaint but nondescript little bungalow with brown siding on a street named after Concord’s hometown boy: Henry David Thoreau. The incongruous sign out front announced: “educational technology lab.” At the time, it was anyone’s guess what that was. It was 1994 and the beginning of the Concord Consortium. In the historical […]
It’s hard to imagine that something so, well, gross could provide such motivation. But that’s just what brought our first Tinker Fellow to our Emeryville, California, office for two weeks this summer. Amy Hammett dove deep into CODAP to investigate data about harmful algal blooms. The Robert F. Tinker Fellows Program aims to promote innovation, […]
While a sophomore at Ithaca College, Julia LaCava wrote a novel in a month. Though she had written full-length scripts for homework, this was not a typical class assignment. She had had a story in her head for over a year, complete with a storyboard of all the characters’ emotions and playlists of songs that […]
When Kiley told her father that she had a new position as the Concord Consortium’s scrum master, he asked if she would have to tackle people at work. He calls her the rugby master, but Kiley is used to bad dad jokes. Thanks to recent training, Kiley is indeed a certified scrum master. For the […]