Nancy Butler Songer

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The National Science Foundation-funded Center for Innovative Learning Technologies (CIL T) is designed to be a national resource for stimulating research and development of technology enabled solutions to critical problems in K-14 science, math, engineering and technology learning. The Center, launched at the end of 1997, is organized around four themes(More)
The work presented builds on a multiyear effort to study the implementation and adaptation of Kids as Global Scientists (KGS), an inquiry-based, technology-rich middle school learning environment enacted simultaneously in hundreds of classrooms across the nation. Two groups of teachers participated in this study. One group consists of " maverick " teachers:(More)
The Kids as Global Scientists (KGS) project engages students in the study of atmospheric science through the use of current imagery and on-line communication in a reform-minded, inquiry-based curricular program. This article presents case study data on one sixth-grade classroom of KGS participants during the 8-week program. Six students representing three(More)
While many science curricular interventions focus on fostering inquiry in four-six week units, much research in science education and the learning sciences suggests that the development of complex reasoning in science (e.g. inquiry thinking) requires much longer amounts of time. Inquiry knowledge development involves both the development of underlying(More)
The National Science Foundation-funded Cen-terfor Innovative Learning Technologies (CILT) is designed to be a national resourcefor stimulating research and development of technology enabled solutions to critical problems in K-14 science, math, engineering and technology learning. The Center, launched at the end $1997, is organized around four themes(More)
We report the results of usability testing on a professional modeling tool designed to support students' learning about climate change impacts. Using a questionnaire and test responses as data sources, we evaluated the efficacy of an interactive map activity that was completed by 84 middle school students. An analysis of the data showed that students had(More)
Educational online communities provide new opportunities for adult participation in the classroom. However, working with online adults presents unique challenges for designers of educational technologies as well. In this panel, we will examine the issues affecting the design educational online communities that integrate adults, as well as the role that(More)
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