Educational Technology News - 2012
September 17, 2012
June 21, 2012
On May 30, the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology’s (OEIT) STAR program (Software Tools for Academics and Researchers) was awarded a JFYNet Innovation Award for Technology in Education at a ceremony at the Boston State House. The award recognizes significant contributions to the cause of improving high school student achievement through the use of technology. This year’s awards were focused on innovative uses of technology in STEM education and college readiness. The awards are presented by JFYNetWorks, a Boston-based non-profit enterprise that, for the past 12 years, has helped schools effectively use technology to improve student success.
OEIT began a collaborative project with JFYNetWorks and a high school biology teacher at North Shore Technical High School, Shannon Donnelly, in the spring of 2010. The goal was to adapt StarBiochem, a molecular 3-D visualizer developed and used at MIT, to help high school students better understand the four basic biological macromolecules:proteins, sugars, fats, and nucleic acids – a topic that is included in Massachusetts standardized tests. This effort has resulted in the development and implementation of inquiry-based activities that enable high school students to use StarBiochem to explore the molecular structures typically encountered within Introductory Biology and high school biology curricula. Gary Kaplan, Director of JFYNetWorks explained the choice of STAR, “STAR creates vivid, colorful, dynamic online visualizations of molecules so that students can see what they look like in three dimensions [and] manipulate them.”
June 13, 2012
April 23, 2012
In early March, the MIT Council for Educational Technology (MITCET) and the Office of Educational Technology and Innovation (OEIT) announced the winners of the first round of the 2012 iCampus Student Prize competition. During the final round in May, the five finalists are competing for a grand prize is up to $10,000.
January 3, 2012
In 2009, the MIT Council on Educational Technology (MITCET) charged the Faculty Committee on Learning Management Systems (LMS) to provide strategic guidance on the future of LMS at MIT. MIT needs a more robust LMS with the flexibility and features necessary to support the evolving pedagogical and technological innovations in the classroom.