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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


Research articles and chapters
Peer-reviewed presentations
Invited presentations and keynotes
Practitioner publications
Practitioner conferences

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Research articles and chapters

(P= Peer Reviewed; I= Invited)

  • Downes, Bishop, Swallow, Olofson & Hennessey. (revise and resubmit). Collaborative Action Research for Middle Grades Improvement. Submitted to Educational Action Research.
  • Downes, J.M. & Bishop, P.A. (2015). The intersection between 1:1 laptop implementation and the characteristics of effective middle level schools. Research in Middle Level Education Online 38(7), 1-16. (P)
  • Smith, C., Berland, M., & Martin, T.  (2015).  Playing robot: Exploring how students alternate perspectives in IPRO.  In V. Lee (Ed.), Learning technologies and the body:  Integration and implementation in formal and informal learning environments (pp. 132-148).  New York, NY:  Routledge.  (I)
  • Swallow, M. (2015). The year-two decline: Exploring the incremental experiences of a 1:1 Technology Initiative. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 47(2), 122–137. (P)
  • Becker, R., & Bishop, P. (in press). Think bigger about science: Using Twitter for learning in the middle grades. Middle School Journal. (P)
  • Smith, C., & Kenlan, K. (in press).  Project-based statistics supported by inventing activities. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. (P)
  • Smith, C., King, B., & González, D.  (in press).  The STEAM behind the scenes. Teaching Children Mathematics. (P)
  • Hennessy, S., Olofson, M.W., Swallow, M.J., & Downes, J.M. (2015). Evolving pedagogy and practice: The 1:1 mathematics classroom through a TPACK lens. In M. Niess & H. Gillow-Wiles (Eds.), Handbook of research on teacher education in the digital age. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. (P)
  • Smith, C., King, B., & Hoyte, J.  (2014).  Learning angles through movement:  Critical actions for learning in an embodied activity. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 36, 95-108.  (P)
  • Smith, C., & Neumann, M.  (2014).  You just gotta scratch!  Enhancing students’ mathematics learning. Teaching Children Mathematics, 21(3), 185-188.  (P)
  • 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. (I)
  • Downes, J. M. (2013). From teacher-exclusive planning to teacher-student planning: The promise of partnering in a connected world. In R. P. Lipka & K. Roney (Eds.), Middle grades curriculum: Voices and visions of the self-enhancing school. Greenwich, CT: Information Age. (I)
  • Berland, M., Martin, T., Benton, T., Smith, C., & Davis, D. (2013).  Using learning analytics to understand the learning pathways of novice programmers.  Journal of the Learning Sciences, 22(4), 564-599.  (P)
  • Martin, T., Berland, M., Benton, T., & Smith, C. (2013).  Learning programming with IPRO:  The effects of a mobile, social programming environment.  Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 24(3), 301-328.  (P)
  • Smith, C., King, B., Hoyte, J. & Natkin, L. (2013).  Developing angle concepts in a motion-controlled mathematics learning environment.  In M. Martinez & A. Castro Superfine (Eds.), Proceedings of the Thirty-fifth Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (p. 1209).  Chicago, IL: University of Illinois at Chicago.  (P)
  • Smith, C., & Natkin, L. (2013).  Collaboration, behavior, and affect in a game-based learning environment.  In M. Martinez & A. Castro Superfine (Eds.), Proceedings of the Thirty-fifth Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (p. 571).  Chicago, IL: University of Illinois at Chicago. (P)
  • Smith, C. (2013).  Technology enhanced mathematics learning environments.  In N. Rummel, M. Kapur, M. Nathan, & S. Puntambekar (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand:  Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale:  CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 505-506).  Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences. (P)
  • 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. (I)
  • Downes, J., & Bishop, P. (2012).  Engaging digital natives: Learning from young adolescents’ technology lives. Middle School Journal, 43(5), 6-15. (P)
  • Downes, J. M., Nagle, James, & Bishop, P. A. (2010). Integrating student consultation into teacher professional development: The Middle Grades Collaborative. Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 15(1), 36-44. (I)

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Peer-reviewed presentations

  • Olofson, M.W., Swallow, M.J., Neumann, M.D. (April 2015). TPACKing: A constructivist framing of the TPACK framework. Paper presented as part of research roundtable at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Swallow, M.J., Olofson, M.W. (April 2015). Contextual understandings in the TPACK framework. Paper presented as part of research roundtable at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Smith, C., King, B., Gonzalez, D., & Paul, N. (April, 2015).  The role of action in the development of angle concepts.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Smith, C. (April, 2015).  Prompting connections between a fraction game and school mathematics.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Martin, T., & Smith, C.  (April, 2015).  Learning fractions by splitting:  Using learning analytics to illuminate the development of mathematical understanding.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • King, B., Smith, C., Paul, N., & Gonzalez, D. (April, 2015).  Promoting spatial language in mathematics through a body-based task.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Assessment: Authentic and Technology Rich. Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference. Nashville, TN (November 2014).
  • Olofson, M.W., Swallow, M.J., Petrick Smith, C., Hennessey, S., Downes, J.M., & Bishop, P.A. (November 2014). A methodological approach in evaluating digital-age instruction in middle grades classrooms. In Research Roundtable: Connecting Theory with Practice. AMLE 2014 Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, Nashville, TN.
  • Neumann, M., & Smith, C. (October, 2014).  Preservice teachers’ understanding of computer science principles.  Paper presented at the Research on Women and Education Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Smith, C., King, B., Hoyte, J., Garon, T., & Natkin, L. (April, 2014).  Embodying mathematics from a new angle.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • King, B., Smith, C., Hoyte, J., Garon, T., & Natkin, L. (April, 2014).  Learning mathematics through embodiment:  The role of spatial reasoning and gender.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Smith, C., & Natkin, L. (April, 2014).  Behavior and affect in a game-based environment.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Velasquez, X., Martin, T., Velasquez, N., Smith, C., Berland, M., Benton, T., & Janisiewicz, P. (April, 2014).  Engaging young women in computer science through a novel programming experience.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Middle Grades Students as Teacher Educators. Paper presentation at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (April 2014).
  • 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).
  • Smith, C. (April, 2013).  Embodied learning, mathematics, and athletic experience.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Baker, S., Smith, C., Martin, T., Aghababyan, A., Popovic, Z., Andersen, E., Liu, Y. (April, 2013).  Learning fractions through splitting in an online game.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Smith, C. & Natkin, L. (April, 2013).  The effects of game play and collaboration on student engagement.  Presented at the New England Educational Research Organization Conference, Portsmouth, NH.
  • Downes, J. M., & Bishop, P. A. (2012). Engaging Digital Natives: Learning from Young Adolescents’ Technology Lives. Paper presentation at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, CA. (April 2012).
  • Middle School Teachers Listen to Students as Part of Professional Development: A Symposium. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (April 2011).
  • Downes, J. M. (2011). A theoretical and research base for student participation in middle grades teacher learning. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • Downes, J. M., & Bishop, P. A. (2011). The intersection of technology integration and the middle school concept. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Downes, J. M., & Bonnett, Seth. (2011). Stories of promise and hope: The benefits of laptops for students from poverty. Presentation at the National Middle School Association Annual Conference, Louiseville, KY.
  • Beyond Technology Integration: Meaning, Significance, and Engagement in the Middle Grades. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Denver, CO: Roundtable (April, 2010).
  • Downes, J. M. (2010). Examining teacher's strategies, purposes and dispositions for consulting with students on teacher change projects. Paper presented at the National Middle School Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Downes, J. M. (2010). Changing middle school practice by consulting students: A path from formal professional development to classroom implementation. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Nagle, J., Downes, J. M., & Bishop, P. A.. (2009). The middle grades collaborative: Inviting student voice into teacher professional development. Presentation at the National Middle School Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Downes, J. M., & Toolin, R. (2009). Partnering with students in middle grades teacher professional development. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Downes, J. M., & Bishop, P. A. “Not Just a Poster on the Wall:” Weaving Together Technology and Middle Grades Philosophy. National Middle School Association Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN. (November 2009).
  • Downes, J. M., & Bishop, P. A. (2009). (Re)engaging middle school learners through technology integration. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Downes, J. M. (2009) Partnering with Students: Cultivating Student Aspirations through Responsive Middle Grades Practice. Presentation at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships – GEAR UP Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.
  • Downes, J. M. (2008). Seeing is Believing: The Power of Student Voice and Expertise in Middle Grades Professional Development. National Middle School Association Annual Conference. Denver, CO (November 2008).
  • Downes, J. M. (2007). Taking the I-leap: Using technology and authentic audiences to motivate students. Presentation at the National Middle School Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
  • Downes, J. M. (2007). Engaging young adolescents by connecting with the world: Technology, integrative learning and teacher change. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

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Invited presentations and keynotes

  • Creating an Effective Middle Grades Agenda. Invited Keynote Presentation at Maximizing the Middle: A Thought Leaders Symposium. United Way Worldwide. Alexandria, VA. (December 3, 2014).
  • It Takes a Village (to Teach Kids to Code). Vermont Code Camp. Burlington, VT. (September 20, 2014).
  • Do Make Create. Invited Endnote presentation at Dynamic Landscapes. Burlington VT. (May 2014).
  • Tech Tools for 21st Century Teaching Teams. East Asian Regional Council of Schools. Bangkok, Thailand. (March 27-29, 2014).
  • Tech-Rich Family Involvement in the Middle Grades. East Asian Regional Council of Schools. Bangkok, Thailand. (March 27-29, 2014).
  • Middle Schoolers and Digital Citizenship. East Asian Regional Council of Schools. Bangkok, Thailand. (March 27-29, 2014).
  • Middle School Assessment: Authentic and Technology Rich! East Asian Regional Council of Schools. Bangkok, Thailand. (March 27-29, 2014).
  • What Research Says about 1:1 in the Middle Grades. Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN. (November 2013).
  • Belonging and Competence in the Middle Grades. Keynote Speaker. Community Forum:  Middle School Matters. United Way of Greater Atlanta. (November 2013).
  • Advancing the Long View of Middle Grades Education: Leading through Research. National 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).
  • Advancing the Middle Grades. Webinar. United Way Worldwide. (February 20, 2013).
  • What Constitutes “Person-Environment Fit” in the 21st Century? Panel Presentation. Youth Nex Annual Conference. Curry School, University of Virginia. (October, 2012).
  • Educating Early Adolescents in the 21st Century. Keynote Presentation. Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Association for Intermediate and Middle Schooling. Taupo, New Zealand (June, 2010).

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Practitioner publications

  • Downes, J., & Bishop, P. (2014). Building stronger teams through technology. AMLE Magazine, 1(5), 44-45.  (I)
  • Bishop, P., & Downes, J. (2014). 21st century parent involvement. AMLE Magazine, 1(6), 42-44. (I)
  • Bishop, P., & Downes, J. (2013). Authentic assessment with technology. AMLE Magazine, 1(1), 44-45. (I)

Practitioner presentations

  • Augmented Reality in the Classroom: Deeper Meaning through Technology. Mark W. Olofson. AMLE 2014 Annual Conference for Middle Level Education. Nashville, TN (November 2014).
  • DCF Book Club Quest. Holly Kruse, Shannon Walters and Audrey Homan. VermontFest. Killington VT (November 2014).
  • Virtual Pictures at an Exhibition: Augmented Reality in the Classroom. Mark W. Olofson. VermontFest. Killington VT. (November 2013).
  • Digital badges and the math classroom. Audrey Homan and Lisa Therrien. VermontFest. Killington VT (November 2013).
  • Introduction to Aurasma. Susan Hennessey and Audrey Homan. Invited talk, presented for the CESS iPad Users Group. (October 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)
  • Alternative Credentialing via Badges. Susan Hennessey. University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services Scholarship Symposium. Burlington VT (May 2013).
  • ARIS in Wonderland: How we're building mobile place-based games with students. VermontFest, Killington VT. (November 2012).
  • Beyond Google - Capture and Curate Current Content/Conversations with Paper.li, Scoop.it, Diigo, and Twitter. Susan Hennessey. Presented at Dynamic Landscapes 2012
  • Cool Stuff To Do in Google Apps (That Your Students Will Really Enjoy). Susan Hennessey and Jeffrey Jarrad (Union Elementary School). Presented at the Vermont Association of Social Studies Teachers annual conference, 2012.
  • Using social media with UVM websites. Audrey Homan. Presented for the CESS Communications Committee at UVM. April 2012.
  • Bookmapping. Susan Hennessey. Presented at the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Awards, 2012. Originally presented as a Tech Tips session in November 2011.
  • Reading Level: finding texts along a lexile range. Susan Hennessey. Webinar, November 2011.
  • Technology in the math classroom: beyond the online textbook. Meredith Swallow (Tarrant Institute graduate research assistant). Presented as a Tech Tips session. October 2011. 

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