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Newly published: Generative AI and K-12 Education: An MIT Perspective

By Mary McCrossan / March 28, 2024

by Eric Klopfer, Justin Reich, Hal Abelson, and Cynthia Breazeal Abstract: In November of 2022, a Silicon Valley company launched an invention that could complete students’ homework for them. Available only to subscribers at first, by the spring of 2023 OpenAI’s ChatGPT-3.5 was available to millions of students. As of Read more…

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Lab facilitates workshop at Connected Learning Summit conference entitled “Why does it have to be a game?”

By Mary McCrossan / November 8, 2023

Scot Osterweil and Judy Perry facilitated a workshop at the Connected Learning Summit conference entitled “Why does it have to be a game?” on Friday, October 27, 2023. Program Description: There was a time when we had to convince educators that there was a role for games in learning. Now that Read more…

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NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT! CS.forward(): trace the past, plot the future of K-12 CS education

By Mary McCrossan / May 12, 2023

The lab is excited to announce a new class that will be offered this fall! CMS.S61/S97 – CS.forward(): trace the past, plot the future of K-12 CS education. Meeting times: Tuesday/Thursday 1-2:30 pm (in room E25-117) Pre-reqs: Basic programming experience (6.100A or equivalent including high school courses) Open to: Undergrad and grad students Read more…

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FREE EVENT ON CAMPUS, APRIL 12th! “Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science.”

By Mary McCrossan / March 27, 2023

April 12th, 5pm-7pm Registration is encouraged, but not required. nd Y

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“Just Atoms and Molecules? Or Something More?” Screening and discussion of Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science

By Mary McCrossan / March 15, 2023

April 12th, 5pm-7pm Join us for a screening of clips from “SEARCHING: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science” and comments from MIT’s Alan Lightman, Nancy Kawisher, Kieran Setiya producer/director Geoff Haines-Stiles (Carl Sagan’s COSMOS)…and YOU! Lightman, MIT Professor of the Practice of the Humanities and host of the new public television mini-series Read more…

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Members of the STEP Lab are running a special issue of well played!

By Mary McCrossan / January 23, 2023

Posted on the Carnegie Mellon University ETC Press Website: Well Played Journal Special Issue CFP: AR and VR Games Posted by: etcpress January 17, 2023 Edited by Ira Fay and Dan Roy AR and VR games are growing in popularity and access, while also increasing in the variety of experiences Read more…

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Advice and responses from faculty on ChatGPT and A.I.-assisted writing

By Mary McCrossan / January 13, 2023

The full post can be found on the CMS/W website here: “Several faculty members in CMS/W have expertise, both technological and pedagogical, in what the use of ChatGPT and other A.I. tools may mean for the instruction of academic writing. Because instructors at MIT and elsewhere have expressed some urgency in Read more…

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Rik demonstration at SEPT

Science and Engineering Program for Teachers 2023- Applications Open

By Mary McCrossan / January 6, 2023

The application is live for our Science and Engineering Program for Teachers! Please check out our site ( to download the application and apply. Decisions will be made by Pi-Day (03.14.23).  Applications are due by February 15th, 2023. SEPT 2023 will be held on campus, Sunday, July  9th – Friday, Read more…

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School Stories

By Mary McCrossan / December 7, 2022

“School Stories”, a special subject course in literature that explores education equity through the eyes of creative writers and critical theorists, is looking to partner with MIT education outreach programs this spring to provide an experiential learning component to the course. Undergraduates in this course will be required to volunteer to tutor Read more…

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K-12 Educational Technologist Position Open

By Colleen Laude / June 22, 2022

K-12 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIST, Comparative Media Studies/Writing-MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP)/Education Arcade, to join a highly collaborative team.  Will assume two primary roles:  1) curating existing resources and co-creating original computing curriculum for integration into grades 5-8; and 2) in a teacher professional development and coaching role developing and facilitating group Read more…

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