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Professor González of C&I department using animated cartoons to improve geometry instruction

Oct. 10, 2014

In a unique research project funded by the National Science Foundation, Professor Gloriana González of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is developing animated cartoons to help geometry instructors become better teachers. Read more...

Professor Abd-El-Khalick appointed a Grayce Wicall Gauthier Professor of Education

Oct. 9, 2014

Associate dean for research and professor in Curriculum & Instruction the second faculty member in the College to receive the honor Read more...

NSF Cyberlearning grant to focus on cutting-edge learning technologies in higher education and beyond

Oct. 7, 2014

To be successful, engineering students must learn how to solve problems collaboratively and develop shared representations. However, integrating collaboration into courses, and supporting the development of sketching skills, is a complex endeavor. But thanks to a newly funded project in the College of Education, engineering students in classrooms of the future could have the technology they need to better support group sketching and the accompanying tasks that require collaboration and group problem solving. Read more...

Four-year NSF grant funds faculty innovation in educational simulation design and development

Sep. 11, 2014

New technologies are emerging that allow people to interact with computers with physical actions, such as waving their hands or moving their bodies. These technologies are starting to show up in the area of entertainment, such as video games, but Assistant Professor Robb Lindgren believes that these devices can be put to use in helping students learn complex concepts in areas such as physics and chemistry. Read more...

Economic disparities in education inspired alumna to pursue teaching career

Jul. 14, 2014

As an elementary student, Arijhanna Mann ’14 Elem. Ed. experienced what economic disparities can be like between underserved urban schools and schools that are better funded. Read more...

Creativity and patience help student-turned-alumnus shine in classroom setting

May 28, 2014

Not many student-teachers read their own fictional work to the students they teach, but 24-year-old Ian Nelson does. Read more...

Success of dual-language programs spurring a new kind of teaching

Jan. 31, 2014

Dual-language education is catching on around the country, including in Champaign-Urbana. The increasingly popular concept combines native speakers of English and Spanish in the same classroom, with the goal of getting students to speak and read in two languages long before they reach high school. Read the full News-Gazette article, and then discover how professors Eurydice Bauer, Georgia Garcia and Christina DeNicolo played major roles in establishing dual-language programs in Urbana School District 116. Also, meet Urbana teacher Greg Ballweg ’13 Elem. Ed., who is having a blast instructing third-graders in a dual-language program at Leal Elementary School in Urbana. Read more...

Bilingual Urbana teacher credits College of Education for his ‘worldly’ growth

Jan. 17, 2014

Given that English is his first language, one might expect teacher Greg Ballweg ’13 Elem. Ed. to take a job where his students primarily spoke English as well. But Ballweg’s third-grade classroom is different: His students all speak Spanish as their first language. Read more...

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Article offers guidelines for research and design methodologies on embodied learning through digital media technology

Dec. 16, 2013

Robb Lindgren, assistant professor in curriculum and instruction, recently co-authored a paper for the November issue of the Educational Researcher. The paper, titled “Emboldened by Embodiment: Six Precepts for Research on Embodied Learning and Mixed Reality,” details the potential of immersive technologies called mixed realities to promote embodied learning through physical actions such as gestures or walking. Read more...

Fortuitous failure leads professor to illuminating career in education

Dec. 1, 2013

“Congratulations on your failure.” These words were said to Fouad Abd-El-Khalick by his professor in education after receiving news that Fouad did not get into medical school, urging him to consider education as an alternative. From that moment on, Abd-El-Khalick, now department head and professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois, embarked on pursuing a career in education. Read more...

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