Camillia Matuk: Investigating tools for learning, collaboration, and design @ Town Hall, MAGNET (Media And Games Network) 2 Metrotech Center, 8th Floor, Brooklyn NY 11201

09/29/2014 3:00 am – 09/29/2014 4:30 am Abstract: This talk will explore the multifaceted role of technology in supporting cognition, collaboration, and design for learning. I will first present findings from two classroom-based studies of technologies that support scientific practices in middle school: One on a collaborative documentation tool that allows students to share ideas with peers as they construct explanations of cancer treatment; another of a digital annotation tool that supports students’ making observations of visual scientific evidence. These studies, drawn from an ongoing design-based research program with the Web-based Science Inquiry Environment (WISE), illustrate how free open-source learning environments can support the sustainability of innovative learning materials with wide-ranging impact on classroom education. I will describe specific features that allow teachers to be creators as well as implementers of curriculum materials; and how they enable researchers to make evidence-based iterations to the design of new learning technologies. I will end by introducing new work on the design of tools for researchers and teachers to visualize and make sense of student data to support learning.