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Algebra Ready Delivers Summer Institute

Central Ohio teachers are learning new and innovative ways to teach pre-algebra using digital resources with Algebra Ready, a year-long professional development opportunity for 7th- and 8th-grade math teachers and school district math coaches. Funded by a grant under the Improving Teacher Quality Program from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Algebra Ready is led by Drs. Kui Xie, Hea-Jin Lee, Ivo Herzog, and Nicole Luthy at The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology and College of Arts and Sciences. Teachers and coaches registered with the expectations of improving their content knowledge in pre-algebra and algebra; understanding Ohio’s learning standards and content alignment; learning how to evaluate digital tools and content; and improving their pedagogical knowledge in teaching math with digital resources. (more…)

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Xie Wins China’s Top Higher Education Award

Kui Xie, Cyphert Distinguished Professor, is the first learning technologies researcher to receive the Chang Jiang Scholar award by the Chinese Ministry of Education – the nation’s most prestigious higher education honor.

Xie will be funded to collaborate and lead research with faculty at Central China Normal University in learning technologies and appointed a visiting chaired professorship. (more…)

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Textbooks in The Digital World

By Kui Xie and Nicole Luthy, The Ohio State University

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Ella Russell, a second grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, works on an e-book during class.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

For decades, textbooks were seen as the foundation for instruction in American schools. These discipline-specific tomes were a fundamental part of the educational infrastructure, assigned to students for each subject and carried in heavy backpacks every day – from home to school and back again.

The experience of students is much different today.

As a scholar of learning technologies and a director for outreach and engagement at Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology, we’ve seen how technological advances and an increase in digital curriculum materials have hastened the move away from textbooks.

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Xie Receives 2017 EHE Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Kui Xie, our lab director, receives the 2017 EHE Distinguished Research Award. The EHE Distinguished Research Award honors one individual every year who advances the field through transforming and integrating knowledge, facilitating learning, solving compelling problems, contributing to public policy, evaluating practices and programs, or interpreting knowledge for relevant audiences. (more…)

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Algebra Ready to Improve Teacher Quality

We are thrilled to announce that our latest project, Algebra Ready: Teaching Mathematics with Digital Content, has received funding support from Ohio Department of Higher Education. The project builds upon the success of our previous EDCITE: Evaluating Digital Content for Instructional and Teaching Excellence project and has design features tailored to address the specific needs in algebra teaching.

Algebra Ready aims to improve teachers’ mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical strategies, their technological pedagogical knowledge for adopting digital resources in teaching mathematics and, ultimately, to increase students’ academic achievement and college readiness in the area of mathematics. The project focuses on algebra across grade levels and the contents are well aligned with Ohio’s New Learning Standards. (more…)

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