MIT STEP offers a teacher licensing program that can be done entirely at MIT or in conjunction with courses at Wellesley College. This program licenses students to teach mathematics or science in grades 5-12. The Scheller Teacher Education Program, offered through the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, prepares MIT students to become teachers who are competent to teach in their field, willing to challenge established norms, able to bridge the boundaries among disciplines, and eager to help students develop the desire to question and explore. Click here for more info on STEP and here for more info on classes.
STEP is actively engaged in many research and development projects, designing and testing new learning technologies for use in formal and informal education. While some projects are in limited testing with partners, others are freely available for all to try and to use (some complete with curriculum and assessment). Find out more about these projects on the projects page.
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Professor Klopfer's research focuses on the development and use of computer games and simulations for building understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He works on mobile and onlines games designed to build understanding of scientific practices and concepts as well as critical knowledge. In the realm of simulations, Klopfer's work focuses on students understanding complex systems through, and connecting computer programming with, scientific practice, critical thinking, and real-world issues . He is the co-author of the books, "Adventures in Modeling", "The More We Know", as well as author of "Augmented Learning," Klopfer is also the co-founder, past President, and Board Member of the non-profit Learning Games Network.
PHOTO INSPIRATION: Over the years Eric has collected many turtles, the iconic figure from the Logo language lineage dating back to Seymour Papert. He grew up in the age of Logo and was inspired to learn programming at an early age. The turtle continued on in Mitch Resnick's work, and the turtle remains at the heart of Eric's continuation of that work in StarLogo and its successor, Toolblox.
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