I get excited thinking about research topics – here is my current list:
- Computational (Learning and) Thinking – As a HS computer science teacher, I think it is important to continue to define this term and develop a shared language for building computational thinking skills in our students. I am inspired by Shiram Krishnamurthi‘s beliefs on how we should move the field forward and focus on how we learn and think about computation.
- Open Education Resources (OER) – and models to support the upkeep and sustainability of these resources. You can read what Michael Feldstein writes about this topic – he links to two other helpful resources in his post. More information on OER can be found at www.oercommons.org.
- Virtual Reality – and its possible applications in education to tailor curriculum for the individual needs of students while retaining the benefits of learning in a group setting.
- Cyberlearning – and the intersection of technology and learning, as well as the challenges/obstacles in cyberlearning.
- The Internet of Things (IOT) – and leveraging these connections for learning while remaining grounded and secure (if that is possible).
- Blended Learning consortiums and collaborative experiences for schools to leverage shared learning opportunities.
- Collaborative Learning Spaces – inspired by How People Learn p. 279 – and thinking about virtual reality, online, and blended learning spaces. I am also interested in the interrelations between learning and learning environments.
- Universal Design for Learning – designing curriculum that fits the needs of a diverse group of learners. http://www.cast.org/udl/
- Developing tools for professional development and teacher education programs – for leveraging the use of technology in learning environments and also in the teaching computer science specifically.
- Conducting research to determine and evaluate the assumptions, preconceptions technology use in learning environments.
- Study the application of effective learning technologies to support learning for understanding.
- Combining the expertise of researchers with the wisdom of expert practitioners.
I am sure that this list will evolve and change as I continue to read and learn.