Presentation title: How Research on Technology could Impact Developments in STEM Education: Trends and Examples
Technology is increasingly becoming an important part of STEM teaching and learning in the 21st Century. There have been numerous attempts to integrate technology into education systems, but without serious development and research the success of these attempts had been limited. In my talk, I will highlight the importance of research in technology-supported education and describe some research projects attempting to make larger impact on STEM teaching and learning. I will particularly outline findings four projects making sizable contribution to STEM education:
- GeoGebra, an open-source project offering accessible software for STEM education and currently used by more than 40 million teachers and students around the globe;
- Geomatech, a large-scale EU funded project developing high-quality materials and teacher training resources with the aim to embed technology use into entire education systems;
- KIKS (Kids Inspire Kids) project, endeavours to involve students in STEM projects and encourage them to develop programmes that inspires their peers to study STEM subjects;
- Experience Workshop Movement, aims to integrate Arts into STEM teaching through physical and virtual spaces, which are developed together by researchers, artists, teachers and students.
Contributions of these and other projects could enable teachers to involve new ways to teach STEM and students to engage in experimentation, exploration and discovery within these subjects. Through such efforts and the understanding of their effects we could contribute to the more widespread study of STEM subjects and to the preparation of the future workforce.
Short Bio: Dr. Zsolt Lavicza
After receiving his degrees in mathematics and physics in Hungary, Zsolt completed degrees in applied mathematics and mathematics education at the Universities of Cincinnati and Michigan respectively. His PhD degree at the University of Cambridge focused on investigating issues in relation to the use of technologies in mathematics education. After completing his PhD, Zsolt taught educational research methodologies and mathematics education in Cambridge and other universities around the world. Currently, he is working in numerous research projects worldwide related to technology integration into schools; offering educational research training courses at a number of universities; leading a doctoral programme in STEM education at Johannes Kepler University; and coordinates research projects within the International GeoGebra Institute.