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Announcements - Academic Year 2009 - 2010

Social Issues Media Festival

Join us for the first annual Social Issue Media Festival to be heldat Teachers College, Columbia University. The festival is anopportunity for you to voice your opinions on a social issue of yourchoice.

The Social Issue Media Festival Screening will be held on Thursday, May 6th from 4:30-6:30 in Milbank Chapel. A reception will follow in the Trustees Room, Zankel 125.

So what's social issue media?

For the purposes of this festival, we are referring to digital,multimedia artifacts (e.g., video, audio podcast, digital story) thatcall attention to a social issue with the intention of evoking socialaction.

For entry form, guidelines, and more information, please visit us at or email us at

CCTE Lecture: Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and School
Allan Collins, Northwestern University
Thursday, September 24
7 - 9pm --- 179 Grade Dodge Hall

Allan Collins is Professor Emeritus of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the Cognitive Science Society, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as a founding editor of the journal Cognitive Science and as first chair of the Cognitive Science Society. He has studied teaching and learning for over 30 years, and written extensively on related topics. He is best known in psychology for his work on how people answer questions, in artificial intelligence for his work on reasoning and intelligent tutoring systems, and in education for his work on situated learning, inquiry teaching, design research, and cognitive apprenticeship. From 1991 to 1994 he was Co-Director of the US Department of Education's Center for Technology in Education.  

Inaugurating the Global Studio Project: (Led by Former VP Al Gore)

The first formal use of the Global Studio Project's connectivity at Teachers College took place on November 18, 2008. The equipment and connection in CCTE was used to facilitate participation in a symposium with former United States Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. Mr. Gore was speaking to an audience at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan (see photo 1), while linked in real time with others at Teachers College.

Photo 1: The audience awaiting Vice President Al Gore in Fujiwara Hall, at Keio University's Hiyoshi Campus.  The screen shows a live video feed. The camera in the lower left is pointing away from the screen at Dr. Jun Murai (screen inset), who is sitting in room 322A at Teachers College, facing the camera and screen, and participating in the conference. Dr. Murai can be seen in real time by the Keio University audience, who can interact fully with him.

The session was moderated by Dr. Jun Murai, Vice President of Keio University, and Hiroshi Fujiwara, President of Fujiwara Global Environment Foundation. Dr. Murai participated from room 322A in the CCTE office suite at Teachers College, Columbia University (see photo 2).

Photo 2: Dr. Jun Murai, facing a camera and screen (not pictured) in room 322A in the CCTE suite at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Murai participated in the symposium and moderated the question period taking place with former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.

The symposium, entitled "The Digital Information Revolution to the Environmental Energy Revolution" included Mr. Gore's keynote speech, "The Democratization of Technology." Consistently an active leader in technology, Mr. Gore discussed technological advancement, the potential of user involvement, and key opportunities and challenges for charting a new digital society (see photo 3).

Photo 3: Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore (right) speaking at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. Also pictured are participants and moderators Hiroshi Fujiwara (left), President of Fujiwara Global Environment Foundation, and Dr. Jun Murai (inset), Vice President of Keio University. Dr. Murai is participating from the CCTE suite at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The Harlem Schools Partnership (HSP) Professional Development Workshops
The Harlem Schools Partnership (HSP) for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) celebrates the start of its second year by premiering a series of four professional development workshops for K-5 teachers in its Partner schools. The participants include teachers from PS 36, PS 28, PS 180, PS 153, PS 154, PS 76, and PS 161. Workshops are led and organized by faculty in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology and International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University and meet monthly over the course of the fall semester. The activities of the workshop are grounded in inquiry-based practices and offer teachers real-world and practical applications of STEM for their classrooms.

The first workshop in September began with a presentation by Dr. Felicia Moore Mensah with a focus on understanding students naïve conceptions in science.

The second workshop in October began with a presentation by Dr. Ellen Meier on technology integration in the classroom. Dr. Erica Walker and Dr. Alexander Karp will lead the third workshop and focus on mathematics education.

The fourth workshop will be led by Dr. Regina Cortina and Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs and will focus on curriculum design. Additionally, HSP graduate students participate in the workshop and provide follow-up for the participants.
The Harlem Schools Partnership for STEM Education is a collaborative effort of Teachers College (TC), and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Columbia University in association with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and with support from the General Electric Foundation.
Dr. Nancy Streim, Principal Investigator, and Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships, and Dr. Janell N. Catlin, HSP Project Director and adjunct faculty in the Program in Science Education lead the Teachers College efforts of the HSP.
For more information on the HSP or to become involved in the project, please visit our website or contact  Dr. Janell N. Catlin at

CCTE Faculty Members' Recent Books
Hill, M. L., & Vasudevan, L. (2008). Media, learning, and sites of possibility. New York: P. Lang.

Kinzer, C. K., & Verhoeven, L. (Eds.). (2008). Interactive Literacy Education: Facilitating Literacy Environments Through Technology. New York: Lawrence Erbaum Associates, Taylor & Francis Group.

Kleifgen, J., & Bond, G. C. (Eds.). (2009). The languages of Africa and the diaspora: Educating for language awareness. Multilingual Matters.

McKay, M., Lowes, S., McGrath, B., Lin, P., & Leach, E. (2007). Use of real-world data and information in the classroom: Evolution of a K-14 teacher preparation model. Phoenix, AZ: League for Innovation in the Community College. (Available Online!)