Teaching peace in the country school
Carolyn Weber, assistant professor of elementary and middle level education, and Sarah Montgomery, associate professor of elementary education, were recently featured in a Vision of Education podcast on rural Iowa schools in the early 1900’s. In episode 124, titled “Elementary Citizenship from a Century Ago,” they share what they learned examining curriculum and school records from UNI’s Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture. They also published an article on their research titled, "The Emergence of Elementary Citizenship Education: Insights from Iowa’s Rural Schools, 1910-1935" in the journal Theory and Research in Social Education (TRSE). The article addresses the impact of World War I on social education in rural Iowa. Weber and Montgomery found that despite nationalist rhetoric at the state level, Iowa's rural schools implemented a child-centered citizenship curriculum that focused on themes of kindness, peace, and community.
Helping to build robots
Magdalena Galloway, an instructor in instructional technology, has been volunteering as a mentor with FIRST® LEGO® League teams at Kingsley Elementary and Hoover Middle school in Waterloo for the past three years. Her involvement includes supporting students creative work and help them develop research, collaboration, and communication skills while creating robots and preparing for competition. "This is a perfect example how the 4 Cs for the 21st Century Learning come to fruition," said Galloway. Students not only use their critical thinking and creative problem solving while designing their robots and coding their missions. They also collaborate, gather information, communicate with experts locally and globally, and create amazing visual presentations. All this would be much more difficult without social media and available technology tools, she noted.
For Galloway, the best part is having her educational technology minor students involved and watching their involvement grow over time. Last year, she took her students to the FIRST® Robotics Competition, and this year they supported the robotics teams by serving as a practice audience (via online video conference), asking difficult questions and giving pointers on how to present. "Last year I had the privilege to work arm in arm with a UNI’s elementary education major and STEM education minor Josie Christiansen (pictured on the right)," Galloway explained. "This year she was mentoring her own team!"
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