For the past few days, I’ve been in Louisville, KY attending the annual Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) conference. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful scholars and watching some valuable presentations. I’ve also been privileged to share some of my own work with others who have provided valuable feedback and helped developed these ideas more fully.

The first presentation I made (with George Veletsianos) describes the technology scaffolds that we are employing in our computer science course Thriving in the Digital World.  Here is the abstract and a copy of our presentation:

Innovating Computer Science Education at the High School Level through Technology-enhanced PBL

“We describe various features and scaffolds embedded in a computer science high school course that is supported by an online learning environment. To develop this course we followed a design-based research approach with problem-based learning as our underlying pedagogy. In collaboration with computer scientists, computer science teachers, and instructional designers, we sought to re-envision Computer Science instruction while creating an innovation that is flexible enough to adapt to local contexts without losing its essence.”

Knowledge Seeking: Geocaching, QR Codes, and Outdoor Informal Learning

The second presentation I made (by myself) describes the educational repurposing of geocaching and QR codes to increase the quantity, quality, and engagement of visits to the French Legation Museum in Austin, TX.  Here is the abstract and a copy of my presentation:

“The French Legation Exploration is a geocaching adventure designed and developed to promote informal learning at the French Legation Museum in Austin, TX via contextually relevant information embedded within QR codes.  Described in this proposal are possible gains in engagement, visitation, and informal learning, as well as limitations and likely challenges.  Similar projects would benefit from collaboration with facilities management and content experts, timely communication, technical knowledge, and backwards design.  Opportunities for future implementations are numerous.”

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