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Robert commented on Robert's blog post STEM PBL-
"As we were working with schools dealing with improving STEM Education their interests were in engineering fields. So our research lead us to using an engineering model (project) instead of a medical model (problem). The engineering model uses…"
Oct 13, 2009
Kim Lightle commented on Robert's blog post STEM PBL-
"Hi Robert - We are always looking for great STEM resources - thanks for sharing. You and I have had this discussion before - but remind me - what is the difference between project based learning and problem based learning? For those who aren't…"
Oct 13, 2009
Robert commented on Mary Henton's blog post Problem Based Learning Meets Needs?
"Wow! What a wonderful blog! Way to go Mary. I see there is some interest in the topic. I work with middle and high schools to implement Project Based Learning. We use the phrase/definition "ill-defined task BUT well defined outcome" as…"
Jul 8, 2009
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Jul 8, 2009

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Summer STEM Conference

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We are hosting a Summer STEM Conference and looking for a speaker to address systemic changes in STEM education. We have contacted two national speakers - however, they lack a research base and have limited practical experience. So we are not looking for this kind of person. We are looking for someone with a balance of practical and research experiences to appeal to a wide audience. Many of the attendees have been heavily influenced by the "What Works" movement - they are… Continue

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 1:15pm


I have been asked about STEM PBL books and information. At the risk of self-promotion I am posting the references to two books that deal with the current state of issue. I wrote them both so I am biased but both books were the result of working with teachers for the last four years. The second book is a compilation of lessons by teachers for teachers who have participated in the work.

1. Capraro, R. M., Capraro, M. M., Morgan, J., & Scheurich, J. (Eds.) (2010 -available now from… Continue

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

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At 1:10pm on August 13, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Robert - Hope your summer is going well! I wanted to update you on our free webinars and hope you can join us for one of them soon.

We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle, and Digital Storytelling. You can get to the recordings of those by clicking on the Web Archive link.

You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. The next TechTalk topic is Using Wikis. We've got lots more topics to cover in the next few months - technology, pedagogy, content knowledge, all sorts of fun stuff! Any ideas on additional topics or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! Kim
At 12:26pm on July 9, 2009, Karolee Smiley said…
Hi Robert,
Welcome to MSP2
Thanks for your great explanations of problem and project based learning.
I encourage you to introduce yourself here so everyone can get to know you better. Be sure to explore the site, join groups and start discussions. The more we all share, the more we all can learn. There is a wealth of resources here, and now you are a part of that too. I look forward to more of your insights and ideas.
If you need any help or would like to see something added, just let us know.
At 9:49am on July 8, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi R - So glad you joined the MSP2 network. We're just getting started building the social network so any ideas/feedback/best practices you have would be greatly appreciated! We've got lots of resources for middle school math teachers - look at the left side of the Main page - Math Online Publications, Diigo lists, and a project blog where we highlight exemplary online resources - Exemplary Resources for Middle School Math and Science.

I see that you are a researcher - what are your research interests? The MSP2 project is funded through the National Science Foundation and we have a project evaluator and in addition to measuring impact we do have some research questions in terms of social media and building a virtual professional learning community (this network). If you have similar interests it would be great to a group going and start talking. Welcome - Kim
At 9:36am on July 8, 2009, Tom Jenkins said…
Hey R,
Glad that your on board. Thanks for the STEM resource. I too am involved with many STEM initiatives. Are you on faculty at A&M?
At 8:48am on July 8, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Welcome, R. Capraro (Rich? Rick? Rob? Roberto? Rasheed? Raul?). So glad you've joined MSP2. Would love to know a little more about your work and interests. For example, what is the focus of your research? What was the path that you walked from classroom teaching in public school to research?

There are several groups of folks here at MSP2 whose interests you might intersect: TX residents; higher education and teacher preparation professionals; research institutions. Other than the teacher preparation group, we don't yet have "groups" established for the others. However, if you're interested in connecting with folks in a specific arena, let me know, and I'll be glad to introduce and help make connections.


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