Mobile Projects

Digital Photography

Learning across settings

Team: Chris Gamrat, Heather Zimmerman, and Susan Land.   This project includes several studies that explore how learners can create their own learning artifacts with digital photography.  One line of work examines how digital postcards can continue conversations started at summer camp with their parents.  Learners used digital cameras to capture their summer camp experiences at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.  Participants were able to create a digital postcard using their own pictures as well as describing what they learned and then sent the e-postcards to friends and family.  Our study looked at if,  and how these artifacts help to connect and continue science learning from camp to home.

Representative publications:

Zimmerman, H. T., Gamrat, C., & Hooper, S.  (2014). Connecting out-of-school time learning to home: Digital postcards from summer camp. TechTrends. 58(2), 87-92. 2014_Zimmerman_Gamrat_Hooper_TechTrends [pdf].

Land, S. M., Smith, B. K., & Zimmerman, H. T. (2013). Mobile technologies as tools for augmenting observations and reflections in everyday informal environments.  In (eds.) J. M. Spector, B.B. Lockee, S.E. Smaldino, & M. Herring. Learning, problem solving and mind tools: Essays in honor of David H. Jonassen. (pp. 214-228). New York: Routledge. LandSmithZim-mobile2013chpublished. [pdf]

Land, S. M., Smith, B. K., Park, S., Beabout, B., & Kim, K. (2009). Capturing everyday experiences of nutrition concepts. TechTrends, 53(6), 61-65. Click the link to download the pdf directly from our website:  2009_Land_Smith_etal_TechTrends  [pdf].




Digital Badging

Teacher Learning Journeys: STEM Learning with Badges

Team: Heather Zimmerman, Chris Gamat (Lead, dissertation study on badging), Jaclyn Dudek, Yong Ju Jung,  Kyle Peck (PI). 

badges_square_tiled_1TLJ was created from a collaboration between NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project and National Science Teacher’s Association to create a platform for independent STEM teacher professional development.  The initiative allows for teachers to set goals and identify professional development activities to meet these goals.  These are documented by earning digital badges.

Representative publication:

Gamrat, C. & Zimmerman, H. T. (2015). An online badging system supporting educators’ STEM learning. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Workshop in Open Badges in Education. Pp 1-10.

Gamrat, C., Zimmerman, H. T., Dudek, J., & Peck, K. (2014) Personalized workplace learning: A digital badging space for science teacher professional development. British Journal of Educational Technology. Advance online publication.  Pp. 1-13. DOI:10.1111/bjet.12200

Gamrat, C., & Zimmerman, H. T. (2014, March). A personalized digital badging space for science teacher professional development. National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 2014 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.



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