Theme of the month

Theme of the Month

Join us each month as we focus on a topic of interest to STEM Teacher Leaders with a webinar panel, open discussion, resources and blog post. 

February 2021

Integrating Emerging Technologies into Teaching Practice

Society is awash in emerging technologies—virtual and mixed realities, robotics, location tracking, artificial intelligence, interactive surfaces, etc.—that are changing the ways that we work and play. But the path to their incorporation in educational practice is seldom direct, requiring careful design and revision cycles informed by classroom experience. What roles can teachers play in this process, and how can we leverage what teachers learn as they enact technology-rich curricula?
Tom MoherWendy Martin
Noel Enyedy Emma Mercier
Noelani Ogasawara Morris Johanna Thompson
Jim Slotta

Webinar Recording Now Available!
Integrating Emerging Technologies into Teaching Practice
Moderators: Tom Moher and Wendy Martin
Panelists: Noel Enyedy, Emma Mercier, Noelani Ogasawara Morris, Johanna Thompson, and Jim Slotta

This Theme of the Month is a collaboration among the STEM for All Multiplex, Center for Integrative Research in Computing and Learning Sciences (CIRCLS), and the STEM Teacher Leadership Network—all funded through the National Science Foundation.


Intro Blog

Tom and Wendy
Tom Moher and Wendy Martin kick off this month's theme, "Integrating Emerging Technologies into Teaching Practice," with an introductory blog post that highlights examples of emerging technologies and sets the stage for the upcoming webinar and discussion.

Webinar Panel


Recorded: February 10, 2021
Facilitators: Tom Moher and Wendy Martin
Panelists: Noel Enyedy, Emma Mercier, Noelani Ogasawara Morris, Johanna Thompson, and Jim Slotta

This webinar explores three digital learning projects funded by NSF that utilize mixed reality, indoor location tracking, interactive collaborative surfaces, and ambient displays to support teaching and learning in STEM. Our panel of researchers and educators will discuss the development of these projects and the challenges faced and strategies employed by teachers when attempting to integrate these ambitious learning technologies into their classrooms. Come and join what promises to be a fascinating discussion between researchers and educators as they explore the future of STEM teaching. This webinar is co-moderated by Tom Moher and Wendy Martin. It is a collaborative effort with CIRCLS, the STEM for All Multiplex and the STEM Teacher Leadership Network (all funded by NSF).



In this facilitated discussion, we will discuss the challenges faced and strategies employed by teachers when attempting to integrate emerging learning technologies into their classrooms. We invite your participation!

Synthesis Brief

Brian Drayton
In this brief, Brian Drayton provides a synthesis of this month's theme Integrating Emerging Technologies into Teaching Practice," that highlights key points and suggested recommendations discussed by those who participated in this month's discussion and webinar panel.

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