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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Jason is a Research Assistant and PhD candidate in The Education Arcade and the Center for Mobile Learning in the MIT Media Lab. He is also an Early Career Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Spencer New Civics Education Program. His research focuses on designing interesting civic, multiplayer experiences (for learning and otherwise) and evaluating them in context. Recent work includes the Jigsaw-based iPad game SANCTUARY and the Math and Science MMORPG, The Radix Endeavor, as well as an online experience for the experimental theatre piece “Sleep No More.” He holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Technology, Innovation and Education program. He is co-author (with Eric Klopfer) of, "The More We Know" which chronicles the lessons about new media, old media, and education derived from iCue, an NBC-MIT joint venture into interactive learning.
PHOTO INSPIRATION: Jason chose his Rock Band™ drumsticks, not just because he was able to each himself to play the drums through that game. He loves rhythm, collaboration, performance, and transgression in digital games, all of which that game has in spades. Call him, "The Ace of Spades."