This page is set aside for notes from the plenary discussion
at the 3rd annual Collaborating for Education and Research Forum

It is great to see what is available to the teachers from Notre Dame Grad students and faculty

Math! Can we see more specific activities directed towards mathematics. :)

A comment on last summer's Interactivate workshop for mathematics teachers: it would have been even better if we had separated elementary from middle school and high school. Add more focus.

4th and 5th graders do not know what scientists do, can we have field trips? How about virtual field trips, like Purdue does? (Purdue zip trips.)

At Purdue, grad student do commercials and have it online, because grad students labs are often too small for field trips.

How about question/answer web sessions, where students can learn about how to become a grad student? (It was suggested that people look at the NDeRC graduate fellows blogs.)

Why is the museum not open today? (The forum organizers neglected to arrange for it:)


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Like the sessions :)

Stress the interaction with the grad students. Grad students are very valuable, bring in real life examples.

How do you envision parents to be involved, especially after the children have graduated from high school?
SUGGESTIONS: a separate session for parents. (But to do what?)
specific groups regardless of grades of children
how can parents help teach, ease the load of teachers
Train grad and undergrad to do things in classrooms, teach parents that skill (parents as guest experts, science clubs, transportation, etc)
Facebook group, allow people to connect, photo, video, links, etc
Homeschooling parents appreciate help in math/science in high school.
NISMEC has a group on facebook...
How can we get parents of high school students to come to the forum.
RESPONSE: give credit to students if their parents come to the forum. Scheduling conflict was a problem today.
RESPONSE: important for parents to be involved, because we want their suggestions. The parents can be involved through the internet.
Inquiry based learning, getting teachers in on research based learning VS. we have standards and we can't do it. How do we bridge that gap? or find a way around it entirely. Perhaps we are making the gap bigger than it is.
RESPONSE: old paradigms, that we as teachers are custom to doing different disciplines (math, science, history, english, etc). all of the disciplines should be connected. We have to use all of our skills to communicate effectively, including inquiry based learning involves teachers changing their mindset.
As teachers we have to change how we are looking at education. we have to give a big picture and teach more than one thing at a time. Think outside of the curriculum. We should also adapt to technology advances.

How many people don't have the technology? If we don't have the technology we can't share it.

Empower parents. Parents need a math and science background. Parents need to be involved. We can all learn together.

Kids understand new technologies like wikis better than parents. Couldn't we teach both teachers and parents how to use such new technologies?