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Dr. Dan Tao & Dr. Guangji Yuan were selected for UAlbany’s Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award

Two recent graduates from our research lab, Dr. Dan Tao and Dr. Guangji Yuan, were selected to receive the 2019-20 Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award from the University at Albany, SUNY. Dan Tao’s dissertation: Reflective Structuration of Knowledge Building Practices in Grade 5 Science Classrooms (defended in April 2019). Committee members: Drs. Jianwei Zhang (chair), … Continue reading Dr. Dan Tao & Dr. Guangji Yuan were selected for UAlbany’s Presidential Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award

Create personally connected learning communities in the time of social distancing

  A few points of reflection shared by Jianwei Zhang in a Zoom meeting hosted by UAlbany School of Education (see videorecording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nguFTqvoM4) The COVID 19 pandemic has caused profound disruptions to societies and nations across the world. Mandatory social distancing has led to the closure of schools at an unprecedented scale. All of a sudden, … Continue reading Create personally connected learning communities in the time of social distancing

Teacher workshop spreads knowledge building inquiry with ITM

Our collaborating teachers from Guilderland Elementary School delivered a professional development workshop to share their knowledge-building inquiry in science with teachers and school leaders in the Greater Capital Region of New York State. The workshop was hosted by at the Teacher Center in Albany on February 7, 2019. The Guilderland teacher team has been collaborating with our … Continue reading Teacher workshop spreads knowledge building inquiry with ITM

Journal of Learning Sciences Webinar Discussing Our New Research Article

A Journal of Learning Sciences (JLS) Webinar was held to discuss our new JLS article: Co-Organizing the Collective Journey of Inquiry with Idea Thread Mapper. Four leading learning scientists offered valuable insights and comments. Dr. Katherine Bielaczyc (Clark University), Dr. Carol Chan (University of Hong Kong), Dr. Keith Sawyer (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), … Continue reading Journal of Learning Sciences Webinar Discussing Our New Research Article

Keynote at GCCCE 2018: It takes a social system to raise creativity

Dr. Jianwei Zhang gave a keynote at the Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education (GCCCE) hosted by South China Normal University (May 2018, Guangzhou, China). Abstract: Education needs to prepare students for creative careers and productive lives in the 21st century. Research on creativity depicts it as a sustained social process for continual idea advancement, … Continue reading Keynote at GCCCE 2018: It takes a social system to raise creativity

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