This project explores the use of cyberinfrastructure to significantly enhance the delivery and quality of professional development for grades 8-12 engineering, technology, and design educators. The goal of the project is to study whether the use of highly interactive cyberinfrastructure increases the educator's teaching competencies and how to effectively teach. Student achievement is measured by comparing state assessments in: the curriculum's technology, engineering, and design assessment, end-of-grade mathematics assessment, and end-of-grade science assessment.
About Me (Bio):
Jeremy V. Ernst is an Assistant Professor in the Integrative STEM Education Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He specializes in research focused on dynamic intervention means for STEM education students categorized as at-risk of dropping out of school. Dr. Ernst has teaching, advising, and research experiences in various capacities at the postsecondary and secondary levels. His previous academic appointment was at North Carolina State University (2006-2011) where his responsibilities included teaching courses in Imaging Technology, Advanced Digital Media, and Emerging Issues in Technology. His current teaching assignments at Virginia Tech include graduate courses in Technology Education and Integrative STEM Education.