Exploring Directions in Ubiquitous Computing And Teacher Education
The mission of EDUCATE (Exploring Directions in Ubiquitous Computing and Teacher Education) is to empower faculty and future education professionals to make critically-informed decisions surrounding digital tools that support their teaching, their learning, and their inquiry and scholarship. Our goal is to foster an intellectual community where teachers and students reach beyond passive media consumption to become inspired digital producers.
What We Do
EDUCATE started as a 1:1 program for our undergraduate students in teacher education programs. However, as the landscape of technology is ever-changing, we have (with some exceptions) moved to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model. Now, students are asked to bring a device to courses and field experiences in the major. “Device” refers to a laptop computer or tablet with a current operating system that can capture video/audio and connection to the internet. This change creates a new problem of practice for our instructors: How do we transition to a BYOD model and still leverage technology in the classroom to enhance our teaching when not all students have the same device? EDUCATE is committed to supporting faculty by jointly exploring solutions to this issue and other pedgagogical problems of practice.
Contact Dr. Courtney Lynch, Director of EDUCATE, for more information about how EDUCATE can support you.
Check out our blog posts below to follow along as we provide updates on solving problems of practice!
As we wrap up the last week of classes for 2017, I'm already starting to think about next semester. If you're interested in partnering with EDUCATE or just finding out more about what the program can do to support your teaching, get in touch! Send me an email at...read more
On Friday, October 20, 2017, the Krause Studios for Innovation hosted the first ever Google for Education Summit at Penn State. The day started off with a keynote address from Dr. Scott McDonald, Director of the Krause Studios for Innovation who challenged us to...read more
As a graduate student, over four years I taught 10 sections of MTHED 420: Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Schools. In my first few years as an instructor, I adopted the use of Reading Reflection Journals that had been used by previous instructors of the course....read more