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Innovation in Education

A seminar highlighted new ways to educate K-12 students.
Students and educators are shown a new program involving laptops and tablets.
Students and educators are shown a new program involving laptops and tablets.

San Diego State University's Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE) recently held its fall 2013 STEM Education, Equity and Economics seminar.

The seminar, "K-12 Online STEM Education: Promise or Problem?" took place at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center. More than 90 attendees shared their successes and challenges regarding online K-12 STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — teaching and learning.

Education think-tank

Educators from schools and organizations also had the opportunity to hear from Barbara Means, director of the Center for Technology and Learning at Stanford Research Institute International, an independent non-profit research institute.

As a leader in the implementation and efficacy of technology-supported educational innovations, Means shared the latest trends and research on online and blended learning in the classroom. She emphasized that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach and now there are several pieces that need to fit together to make a learning environment successful.

Local leaders

A panel discussion included David Damico from the Sweetwater Union High School District, David Patrick from the Art of Problem Solving, Inc., Khamphet Pease from Wilson Middle School and moderator Hugh Mehan from the University of California, San Diego.

Several tables displayed highlights of online K-12 STEM education in action hosted by representatives from the following organizations and schools:

  • Art of Problem Solving, Inc.
  • Dehesa School District
  • iHigh Virtual Academy
  • Patrick Henry High School
  • SDCOE Online and Blended Learning, Integrated Technology Services
  • Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Wilson Middle School

About CRMSE

The Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who seek to advance mathematics and science education at local, state and national levels by providing leadership in research into the learning and teaching of mathematics and science, as well as materials and program development, outreach and evaluation.

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