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Our latest presentations

Come see us presenting at the 2015 UVM CESS Scholarship Symposium:

Partnering for middle school change across Vermont: Research from the Tarrant Institute
Wednesday, May 13 2015, 8:45-9:40 AM. 400 Waterman

Identifying connections between mathematics in online games and school
Wednesday, May 13 2015, 9:40-10:10 AM. Waterman 4th Hallway.

Learning from hi-tech middle schools: Research from the Tarrant Institute
Wednesday, May 13 2015, 10:10-11:05 AM. 400 Waterman


  • Olofson, M & Swallow, M.J. (2015). Contextual Understandings in the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Framework. Presented at the 2015 AERA Conference. 
  • Olofson, M & Swallow, M.J. (2015). TPACKing: A Constructivist Framing of the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Framework. Presented at the 2015 AERA Conference.
  • Smith, C. (2015). Prompting Connections Between a Fraction Game and School Mathematics. Presented at the 2015 AERA Conference.
  • Smith, C. (2015). Promoting Spatial Language in Mathematics Through a Body-Based Task. Presented at the 2015 AERA Conference.
  • Smith, C. (2015). The Role of Action in the Development of Angle Concepts. Presented at the 2015 AERA Conference.
  • Downes, J.M., & Bishop, P.A. (in press). The intersection between the middle school concept and technology integration research in middle level research online.
  • Becker, R. & Bishop, P. (in press) Think bigger about science: using twitter for learning in the middle grades. Middle School Journal.
  • Downes, J., & Bishop, P. (forthcoming). 21st century parent involvement. AMLE Magazine, 1(6), 42-44.
  • Smith, C., & King, B. et al (2014). Learning angles through movement: critical actions for developing understanding in an embodied activity. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior 36: 95-108.
  • Smith, C., & Neumann, M. et al (2014). iSTEM: Scratch it out! Enhancing geometrical understanding. Teaching Children Mathematics, 21(3).
  • Smith, C., Berland, M. et al (2014). Playing Robot: Exploring how students alternate perspectives in IPRO. In Learning Technologies and the Body: Integration and Implementation in Formal and Informal Learning Environments. Routledge.
  • Bishop, P., & Downes, J. (2014). Building stronger teams through technology. AMLE Magazine, 1(5), 44-45.
  • Gale, J., & Bishop, P. (2014). The work of effective middle grades principals: Responsiveness and relationship. Research on Middle Level Education Online, 37(9), 1-23.
  • Bishop, P. & Downes, J. (2013) Technology and learning in the middle grades. In P.G. Andrews (Ed.). Research to guide practice in middle grades education. 267-302.Westerville, OH: Association for Middle Level Education.
  • Bishop, P. & Downes, J. (2013). Authentic assessment through technology. AMLE Magazine, 1(1), 44-45.
  • Nelson, E. & Bishop, P. (2013). Students as action research partners: A New Zealand example. Middle school journal 45(2), 19-26.
  • Downes, J., & Bishop, P. (2012). Responsive technologies for young adolescents. In F. Miller (Ed.). Transforming learning environments: Strategies to shape the global generation. Emerald Publishing, pp. 153-169.
  • Andrews, C., & Bishop, P. (2012). Middle years transitions across the globe. Middle School Journal, 44(1), 8-14.
  • Downes, J., & Bishop, P. (2012). Engaging digital natives: Learning from young adolescents? technology lives. Middle School Journal, 43(5), 6-15.
  • Bishop, P. (2012). Multiple discourses and missing voices. In M. Vagle (Ed.). Not a stage! A critical re-conception of young adolescent education. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 163-174
  • Advancing the Long View of Middle Grades Education: Leading through Research. Symposium on Middle Level Teacher Education. (November 2013).
  • What Research Says about Technology in the Middle Grades: Learning from 1:1 Programs. Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN. (November 2013).
  • Engaging Learners Through Digital Credentialing. Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN. (November 2013).
  • ePortfolios and Badges: A New Framework for Learner Engagement. VermontFest. Killington VT. (November 2013)
  • Virtual Pictures at an Exhibition: Augmented Reality in the Classroom. VermontFest. Killington VT. (November 2013).
  • ARIS Through the Looking Glass: Hands-On With Game Creation. VermontFest. Killington VT. (November 2013)
  • Social Reading. VT Department of Libraries Annual Conference, Lake Morey, VT. (May 2013).
  • Engaging Learners Through Badges and ePortfolios. University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services Scholarship Symposium. Burlington VT (May 2013).
  • DCF Book Run: a Mobile iOS Game of Reading Comprehension. University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services Scholarship Symposium. Burlington VT (May 2013)
  • A Praxis of Participatory Action Research: Creating 21st Century Learning Opportunities for Young Adolescents. Paper presentation at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (April 2013).
  • Curriculum Issues in Middle Level Schools. Paper presentation at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (April 2013).
  • The Impact of Technology on Student Engagement in a Middle School Classroom. New England Educational Research Organization Annual Conference. Portsmouth NH. (April 2013).
  • The Effects of Game Play and Collaboration on Student Engagement. New England Educational Research Organization Annual Conference. Portsmouth NH. (April 2013).
  • Engaging Learners Through Participatory Action Research. American Middle Level Educators. Portland OR. (November 2012).
  • ARIS in Wonderland: How we're building mobile place-based games with students. VermontFest, Killington VT. (November 2012).
  • Beyond Success: 1:1 As A Transformative Journey. Keynote speech, VT 1:1 School Conference, Lake Morey VT. (September 2012).
  • Bookmapping. Susan Hennessey. Presented at the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Awards, 2012. Originally presented as a Tech Tips session in November 2011.


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