The Scheller Teacher Education Program is collaborating with The Teaching Systems Lab, a new research initiative at MIT. Situated within MIT’s Office of Digital Learning, TSL works to prepare teachers for the challenges of today’s classrooms by providing them with the opportunities and experiences to change those classrooms into the learning environments of tomorrow.
Scheller staff are currently engaged in bringing our expertise to bear on TSL initiative in three areas – Games, Video Case Studies and Teaching and Learning.
Scheller staff are developing games that can be used as part of pre-service teacher preparation including:
Committee of N is a card game designed to help teachers in training investigate and discuss the history of schooling in America. In the game, players use collaboration, planning, and communication skills to explore topics including learning theories, purposes, and design features.
Knowledge Management is a role-playing game to help pre-service teachers understand and manage student knowledge acquisition within specific content domains. The game aims to help teachers identify, unpack, and address common student misconceptions in math and science disciplines.
Interactive Video Case Studies: A Collaborative, Online Approach to Teacher Training
Scheller staff are working with TSL to harness the power of a unique, crowdsourced video annotation system to create a variety of topically-focused video cases and associated ‘challenges’ linked to specific learning objectives. The video case studies provide examples of effective teaching practices ‘in action’ and enable student-teachers to experience, evaluate, and discuss both diversity and similarity in teaching techniques and pedagogies. This style of interaction allows for the creation of interactive, collaborative problem-based scenarios situated in real world classrooms–complete with insights from the case-study teachers.
Our work with the Teaching Systems Laboratory is made possible by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
Graduate Students, Pre-Service Teachers
Biology, Complex Systems, Computational Thinking