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!"
Faculty honored with COE awards
Three Department of Curriculum and Instruction faculty received College of Education (COE) awards this spring for outstanding contributions. Sarah Montgomery, associate professor of elementary education, received the COE Faculty Scholarship Award in recognition of her scholarship and publication contributions to the field of education. Linda Fitzgerald, professor of early childhood education, was honored with the COE Faculty Service Award for her extensive service to the field of early childhood, faculty governance, and to the Ed.D. program in C & I. Shuaib Meacham, associate professor of literacy education, received the COE Dean's Diversity and Equity Award for his extensive work in the community and engagement with the Hip Hop Literacy program. "The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is so proud of our colleagues and appreciate their contributions that strengthen the programs we offer. Our graduates, and the work they do everyday, are the legacy of the department and its faculty," noted Robin Dada, department head.
Learning STEM with light and legos
The Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education, under the direction of Beth VanMeeteren professor of literacy education, was notified of being selected as an Iowa Governor STEM Advisory Council Scale Up program for the 2019-2020 school year. Iowa PreK-2nd grade teachers selected by the Iowa Governor STEM Advisory Council for the Light & Shadow award will receive high quality professional learning to deepen their own understanding of light and shadow phenomena and how to nurture STEM learning around concepts in light and shadow in their young learners. The semester-long professional learning course begins in late summer and includes two face-to-face sessions with ongoing support earning a University of Northern Iowa graduate credit. Educators will also receive a set of Light & Shadow classroom materials designed by the Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education and assembled by Panther Products. In the two previous years, the Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education has worked with nearly 450 Iowa early childhood educators in early STEM and equipped classrooms with high quality materials to investigate force and motion and develop spatial thinking through this award. Research is showing early engagement with high quality STEM learning is a wise investment; paying off with higher performance in STEM subjects in middle and high school and generating interest in STEM-related careers.
In addition, Beth VanMeeteren, was among 300 thought leaders, experts, and social innovators invited to the International LEGO Idea Conference 2019: Unlocking the Power of Parenting held April 1-3 in Billund, Denmark, the birthplace of the iconic LEGO brick. Following the conference, VanMeeteren's research on STEM Habits of Mind was tapped to assist the international team of developers for the FIRST LEGO League JR. Discovery program in creating parental components for FIRST LEGO League Jr.
Many, many picture books
Sohyun Meacham, assistant professor of literacy education, signed a contract to provide consultation services to JY Books about the use of picture books and music for young multilingual learners’ English language and literacy learning. JY Books provided 800 picture books and 800 CDs with accompanied songs to Meacham for her teaching, research and service uses. Meacham (right) will provide JY Books with consultations regarding newly published picture books, parent education and professional development programs using picture books and music.
The following tabs list awards (including grants), presentations and publications related to Curriculum and Instruction students, alumni, faculty and staff. To find items involving C&I faculty, look on both tabs: collaborations that involve students and faculty are listed on the first tab, while items that only involve faculty or staff are listed on the second tab.