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Outreach Workshops, Applications and Resources: Helping Teachers to Climb Over the STEM Threshold by Engaging Their Classes

Principal investigators

Leslee Francis-Pelton, University of Victoria

Dr. Leslee Francis-Pelton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria. Her Research areas are Teacher preparation elementary, Teacher preparation secondary, Mental Health and Addictions, problem solving, problem-based learning and Curriculum Studies.

Tim Pelton, University of Victoria

Dr. Tim Pelton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria. His research areas include elementary mathematics education, applications of measurement to support education, applications of technology to support education, and creation and validation of learning resources.

Research Assistants

  • Meghan Gillespie
  • Karen Moore
  • Bob St. Cyr
  • Michael Willer
  • Todd Milford

 

Description

Current national standards in both science and mathematics advocate constructivist learning environments. Many elementary and middle school teachers lack confidence and competence to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) topics effectively using any instructional method, much less constructivist approaches, as they have little personal experience with authentic STEM related activities. To promote change in the classroom, teachers must come to believe that the threshold and friction associated with integration of STEM activities in their teaching is manageable and worthwhile. Outreach workshops make STEM topics more accessible to teachers by modeling the successful use of effective pedagogies, appropriate technologies and authentic learning activities with their students. There are five types of outreach workshops: robotics, comics, geotrekking, audience response systems (a.k.a. clickers), and problem based learning (PBL).

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Publications

  • Willers, Michael Anthony Willard (2005). Enriched Mathematics Ten/Eleven – Focus on the NCTM Process Strands. Unpublished masters thesis. University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2005). Helping Students Learn With Classroom Response Systems. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Annual. 1554-1559.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2005). Transforming Handheld Computers into Electronic Slates to Support Learning. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference Annual. 2044-2049.
  • Pelton, T., Francis Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. (2005). Enhanced Instructional Presentation Model. In C. Howard, J. Boettcher, L. Justice, K. Schenk, G. Berg, and P. Rogers (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Distance Learning. (pp 828-834). Hershey, PA: Idea Group. (ISBN: 1-59140-555-6)
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. (2006). Selected and Constructed Response Systems in Mathematics Classrooms. In D. Banks (Ed.) Audience Response Systems in Higher Education: Applications and Cases. (pp. 175-186). Hershey, PA: Idea Group. (ISBN: 1-59140-947-0)
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2006). Creating a Constructed Response System to Support Learning. In D. Banks (Ed.) Audience Response Systems in Higher Education: Applications and Cases. Hershey, PA: Idea Group. (pp. 334-346) (ISBN: 1-59140-947-0)
  • Pelton, L. & Moore, K. (2007). Geotrekking: Connecting Education to the Real World. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2007. (pp. 2082-2088). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Francis Pelton, L., Pelton, T. & Moore, K. (2007). Learning by Communicating Concepts Through Comics. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2007. (pp. 1974-1981). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2008). Educational Geotrekking In L. Tomei (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Information Technology Curriculum Integration. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2008). Technology Outreach Workshops: Helping Teachers to Climb Over the Technology Threshold by Engaging Their Classes. In K. McFerrin R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D.A. Willis, (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008. (pp. 4273-4278). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • St. Cyr, B. & Pelton, T. (2008). Parents as Co-Learners, Tutors & Teachers. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D.A. Willis, (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008. (pp. 4542-4547). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Francis Pelton, L., Pelton, T. & St. Cyr, B. (2009). Enhanced Instructional Presentations and Field-Webs in Rogers, Patricia, Gary A. Berg, Judith Boettcher, Caroline Howard, Lorraine Justice, Karen Schenk, (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Online and Distance Learning. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2009). Itching to Engage Pre-Service Teachers and Students in Activities That Will Help Them to Learn Math? – Try Scratch. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2009, Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. (2009). The Learner as Teacher: Using Student Authored Comics to “Teach” Mathematics Concepts. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Pelton, T., Francis Pelton, L. & Epp, B. (2009). Clickers Supporting Teaching, Teacher Education, Educational Research and Teacher Development. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2009, Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2010). Creating Handheld Applications to Support the Development of Conceptual Mastery. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 2029-2034). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. (2010). Preservice Teachers as Mentors: Learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Topics Through School Outreach Activities. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 3598-3602). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • St.Cyr, B., Pelton, T. & Francis-Pelton, L. (2011). Developing an e-Survey to Assess Parental Self-Efficacy and Competency with Respect to Helping Their Children with Mathematics Homework. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 4076-4081). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2011). Design Principles for Making Meaningful Mathematics Apps. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 2199-2204). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Conference Presentation

  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. Supporting student participation in mathematics and science classrooms using an electronic constructed response system. Fourth International Conference on Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. Victoria BC. August 2005.
  • St. Cyr, B. & Pelton, T. (2006). ePortfolios. Illinois Online Conference 2006. February 2006.
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. (2006). The Classroom Interaction System: Another Kind of Audience Response System. Student Engagement: The foundation of successful student learning. UVic 2006 Learning Conference. Victoria, BC. May, 2006.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2006). The Clickers are Coming! Student Perceptions of the PRS. Student Engagement: The foundation of successful student learning. UVic 2006 Learning Conference. Victoria, BC. May, 2006.
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. (2006). What do They Know? Get An Answer from Every Student. 84th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. St. Louis, MO. April, 2006.
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. Using Audience Response Systems to Engage ALL Learners. Technology in Education. Reaching New Heights. Annual Conference of the Northwest Council for Computer Education. Portland, OR. February, 2006.
  • Pelton, T. & Moore, K. (2006). Come Discover Geocaching and Geotrekking. 45th Northwest Mathematics Conference: Math in Bloom. Victoria BC. October, 2006 Moore, K. (2006). What Goes Up Must Come Down. 45th Northwest Mathematics Conference: Math in Bloom. Victoria BC. October, 2006
  • Pelton, T., Francis Pelton, L. & Moore, K. (2007). Geotrekking: Connecting Education to the Real World. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education 2007 18th International Conference. San Antonio TX. March, 2007
  • Francis Pelton, L., Pelton, T. & Moore, K. (2007). Learning by Communicating Concepts Through Comics. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education 2007 18th International Conference. San Antonio TX. March, 2007
  • Moore, K., Francis Pelton, L., & Pelton, T. (2007). Fostering mathematics and science literacy: Integration of laboratory activities, demonstrations, and projects in an enriched mathematics course. CONNECTIONS 2007 Conference, Victoria, BC. May, 2007.
  • Francis Pelton, L., Pelton, T. & Moore, K. (2007). Integration of Laboratory Activities, Demonstrations, and Projects in Enriched mathematics 9 – 12 Courses to Foster Science and Mathematics Literacy. The XXXVth Canadian Society for the Study of Education Annual Conference. Saskatoon, SK. May, 2007.
  • Pelton, T. & & Francis Pelton, L. (2007). Geocaching and Geotrekking with GPSs to Build Integrated Literacies. 28th Annual National Educational Computing Conference. Atlanta, GA. June, 2007.
  • Francis Pelton, L. Integration of Laboratory Activities, Demonstrations, and Projects in Enriched mathematics 9 – 12 Courses to Foster Science and Mathematics Literacy. Second National CRYSTAL Conference. Edmonton, AB. September, 2007.
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Willers, M. (October, 2007). Pacific CRYSTAL: An Overview and Enriched Mathematics: Integration of Laboratory Activities, Demonstrations, and Projects in Mathematics 9 -12 courses to Foster Science and Mathematics Literacy. Invited Keynote address. Odyssey Symposium ’07. Annual Symposium of the Mitchell Odyssey Foundation. October 27, 2007. Delta, BC. Pelton, T., Francis Pelton, L. & Moore, K. (2008) Going on a Geotrek: Gonna Catch a Big One. 86th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Salt Lake City, UT. April, 2008
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2008). Technology Outreach Workshops: Helping Teachers to Climb Over the Technology Threshold by Engaging Their Classes. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education 2008 19th International Conference. Las Vegas NV. March, 2008
  • Pelton, T., Francis Pelton, L. & Moore, K. (2008) Technology Outreach Workshops: Teaching Teachers Technology by Teaching Their Students. The XXXVIth Canadian Society for the Study of Education Annual Conference, 77th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Vancouver, BC. May, 2008.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2009). Itching to Engage Pre-Service Teachers and Students in Activities That Will Help Them to Learn Math? – Try Scratch. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education 2009 20th International Conference. Charleston SC. March, 2009 Moore, K., & Barron, N. (2009). Numeracy Games: I Have ..., Who Has ..., and More. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. April 2009.
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. (2009). The Learner as Teacher: Using Student Authored Comics to “Teach” Mathematics Concepts. ED-Media: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications. June, 2009.
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. (2009). First Lego League: Sports for the Mind. 3-hour minicourse presented at the 48th Annual Northwest Mathematics Conference: Going for Gold. Whistler, BC. October, 2009.
  • Pelton, T., Francis Pelton, L., & Moore, K. (2010). Creating Comics: Connecting Mathematics, Art, and Writing to Explain Concepts. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. April 2010.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2010). Designing iPhone/iPod Touch Apps to Support Student Learning in Mathematics. ISTE 2010. Annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education. June 2010. Denver, CO.
  • Pelton, T. & Francis Pelton, L. (2010. MathTappers: Explore, Play, Understand! Electronic Playground at ISTE 2010. Annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education. June 2010. Denver, CO.
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, T. (2010). iPhone/iPod Touch Apps to Support Student Learning in Mathematics CRSTE 2010 Global Symposium. Online, October 2010
  • Francis Pelton, L. & Pelton, Hands on with math apps for the iPodTouch/iPhone/iPad. We Connect. Fall Conference of the BC Association of Mathematics Teachers. Delta, BC. October, 2010.

Instructional Resources

  • Pelton, T. & Chmara, C. (2006). Problem Based Learning with Robotics [Teacher resource website] . Available from http://web.uvic.ca/~tpelton/robotics
  • Pelton, T., Bard, A. & Francis Pelton, L. (2006). Educational Geotrekking: integrating localized webs of geocaches, problem solving and educational content to support learning [Teacher resource website]. Available from http://geotrekking.net
  • Pelton, T., Bard, A. & Francis Pelton, L. (2006). Comic Relief for Math & Science [Teacher resource website]. Available from http://learningwithcomics.net
  • Pelton, T., Bard, A. & Francis Pelton, L. (2007). Educational Geotrekking: integrating localized webs of geocaches, problem solving and educational content to support learning [Teacher resource website]. Available from http://geotrekking.net Sanseverino,
  • M., Pelton, T., & Francis, L. (2007). Clickers in the Classroom [Teacher/Instructor resource site]. Available from http://webhome.csc.uvic.ca/~msanseve/class_clickers/
  • Pelton, T. (2008). Tim-likes-it! a collection of Scratch projects with meaningful underlying mathematical models. [Teacher/Student resource] Available from http://scratch.mit.edu/users/tpelton
  • Pelton, T. (2009) Tap Tap Math: Learning Math with the iPod Touch. [Teacher/Parent Resource] Available from http://www.taptapmath.com/

 

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