Archive: Forum 2014 Program

Notice: Strand descriptions for the 2014 Forum on Digital Media for STEM Learning are below. See the Speaker and Presenters page for speaker bios from last year’s event.


8:00 – 8:45 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 AM Introduction and Welcome
9:00 – 9:45 AM Keynote 1: Martin StorksdieckCenter for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, Oregon State University
9:45 – 10:45 AM Panel 1- NGSS: new landscape, new opportunities

10:45-11:15 AM Coffee and Networking
11:15 AM – Noon Keynote 2: Chris DedeTimothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Noon – 1:00 PM Panel 2- Emerging Platforms and Products

1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch and Networking; Unconference Planning
2:00 – 3:00 PM Panel 3- New Modes of Engagement

3:00 – 4:30 PM Unconference (includes snack)
4:30 – 5:00 PM Closing/Keynote: Paula ApsellDirector of the WGBH Science Unit and Senior Executive Producer, NOVA

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Digital Media Workshop and Dinner

Block 1: The Next Generation Science Standards: New landscape, New opportunities 

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are intended to reflect a new vision for US science education. The July 2011 publication of the vision for science education reform entitled A Framework for K-12 Science Education, and the subsequent release of the NGSS in April of 2013 present those who produce digital media with the opportunity to uniquely impact not only science education, but also student achievement. This strand explores the educational landscape in a scaled approach from teacher to school to district, asking the question, “What is the role that digital media can uniquely play in the implementation of the NGSS?

Block 2: Emerging Platforms and Products

Digital scientific data is emerging as a new form of media. “Big data” and real-time visualization tools are opening up new methods of research. Platforms and products that leverage these digital assets are in a position to revolutionize STEM education, bring students closer to authentic tools and methods. But increasing availability of digital STEM data doesn’t mean increased accessibility, especially to younger audiences and for use in educational settings. This panel explores strategies and techniques for designing instructional technologies for effective STEM instruction.

Block 3: New Modes of Engagement

The presence and integration of new digital tools into educational contexts are enabling new modes of engagement. From connecting with researchers to virtual labs visits, distributed data collection and collaborative research projects that cut across continents, this panel explores new modes of engagement that have the potential to bring students closer to authentic STEM practices.

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