Tuesday, 14 February 2012 00:00
The NSF Cyberlearning Research Summit took place in Washington, DC on January 18, 2012. The summit was a high-profile gathering of top quality research-based speakers who shared their visions for the future of learning with emerging technologies. MeTRC TWG member, Philip Piety attended the invitation-only event. Speakers included Karen Cator the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education.
The summit, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, sought to build a community in the learning sciences and related fields of innovation able to leverage new technologies for deep learning outcomes. The participants, who were chosen for their influence in identifying promising directions for advanced R&D efforts, were brought together to discuss the "transformative potential" of cutting edge research and development to dramatically advance learning.
The meeting was hosted by SRI International, the National Geographic Society, and the Lawrence Hall of Science, signaling a strong commitment to innovative STEM learning both in schools and beyond schools. The meeting sought to articulate a clear role for emerging technology in the process of learning, and addressed not only an individualized or personalized view of learning, but also the equally important view of learning as social and cultural, and as something that people best do together.
Talks included such topics as: Augmented Reality, Data Acquisition and Sensors, Deeply Digital Texts, Distributed Sensing, Educational Data Mining, Full-body and Intelligent Interfaces, Games and Virtual Worlds, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Large-scale Interactive Media, Mobile Learning, Peer production, Programmable Learning Environments, Simulations, Smart Representations, Social Media, Tangible Interfaces, Technology Enabled Formative Assessment, Virtual Learning Communities, and Visualization.
Videos of the talks are available at the Cyberlearning Research Summit website. Many of the talks of interest to learning mathematics through supported etext is research on emerging technologies for data visualization, deeply digital texts, learning science, and games. A list of available videos is online at Cyberlearning Talks and Videos.
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