MIT STEP offers a teacher licensing program that can be done entirely at MIT or in conjunction with courses at Wellesley College. This program licenses students to teach mathematics or science in grades 5-12. The Scheller Teacher Education Program, offered through the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, prepares MIT students to become teachers who are competent to teach in their field, willing to challenge established norms, able to bridge the boundaries among disciplines, and eager to help students develop the desire to question and explore. Click here for more info on STEP and here for more info on classes.
STEP is actively engaged in many research and development projects, designing and testing new learning technologies for use in formal and informal education. While some projects are in limited testing with partners, others are freely available for all to try and to use (some complete with curriculum and assessment). Find out more about these projects on the projects page.
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Klopfer, E., Haas, J. (2012) The More We Know: NBC News, Educational Innovation, and Learning from Failure. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
Klopfer, E. (2008) Augmented Learning: Research and Design of Mobile Educational Games. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
Colella, V., Klopfer, E., & Resnick, M. (2001). Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex, Dynamic Systems with StarLogo. Teachers College Press.
Klopfer, E. and Purushotma, R. "Using Simulations as a Starting Point for Constructing Meaningful Learning Games". In Press for J. Fromme and A. Unger. Eds. Computer Games/Players/Game Cultures: A Handbook on the State and Perspectives of Digital Game Studies. Springer
Klopfer, E., Coulter, R., Perry, J. and Sheldon, J. "Discovering Familiar Places: Learning through Mobile Place-Based Games". In Press for S. Barab, K. Squire and C. Steinkuehler. Games, Learning, and Society: Learning and Leading in the Digital Age. Cambridge University Press
Klopfer, E., Jenkins, H., Perry, J., et al. "Serious Games: Mechanisms and Effects". (2010) U. Ritterfeld, M. Cody, P. Vorderer Eds. From Serious Games to Serious Gaming. Routledge/LEA
Klopfer, E., Scheintaub, H., Huang, W, Wendel, D. "StarLogo TNG: Making Agent Based Modeling Accessible and Appealing to Novices In Artificial Life Models in Software". (2009)
Klopfer, E., H. Scheintaub, and M. Scheintaub. "Complexity and Biology – Bringing Quantitative Science to the Life Sciences Classroom". (2009) In Press
Klopfer, E. "Lightly Augmenting Reality". (2007). Space, Time, Play. Freidrich von Borries, S. Walz editors.
Klopfer, E. and A. Begel. "Starlogo: A Programmable Complex Systems Modeling Environment for Students and Teachers". (2005). In A. Adamatzky and Komosinski, M. Eds. Artificial Life Models in Software. Springer.
Klopfer, E. & Squire, K., Jenkins, H. "Environmental Detectives: PDAs as a Window into a Virtual Simulated World". (2004) Kerres, M., Kalz, M., Stratmann, J., de Witt, C. Eds., Didaktik der notebook-universität, (pp.259-274). Münster: Waxmann Verlag.
Haas, J, Hammerman, J, Klopfer, E. Miller, C. User Behavior in NBC News’ Multimedia Educational Site, iCue. In Prep for the Journal of Interactive Learning and Media.
Klopfer, E., Sheldon, J., Perry, J. and Chen, V. Ubiquitous Games for Learning (UbiqGames): Weatherlings, A Worked Example. In Press for Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.
Klopfer, E. and Sheldon, J. Augmenting Your Own Reality: Student Authoring of Science-Based Augmented Reality Games. In Press for New Directions In Youth Development
Klopfer, E. and Osterweil, S. The Boom and Bust and Boom of Educational Games. In Press for Transactions on Edutainment.
McFarland, D., and E. Klopfer. (2010) Network Search: A New Way of Seeing the Education Knowledge Domain. Teacher’s College Record.
Klopfer, E., Scheintaub, H., Huang, W, Wendel, D., Roque, R. (2009) The Simulation Cycle - Combining Games, Simulations, Engineering and Science Using StarLogo TNG. Journal of E-Learning and Digital Media 6(1) 71-96
Guryan, J., Jacobs, B, Klopfer, E., Groff, J. (2008) Using Technology to Explore Social Networks and Mechanisms Underlying Peer Effects in Classrooms. Developmental Psychology.
Klopfer, E. and K. Squire. (2008). Environmental Detectives – The Development of an Augmented Reality Platform for Environmental Simulations. Educational Technology Research and Development.
Klopfer, E. and K. Squire. (2007) Case Study Analysis of Augmented Reality Simulations on Handheld Computers. Journal of the Learning Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 3: pages 371-413.
Yoon, S. & Klopfer, E. (2006). Feedback (F) Fueling Adaptation (A) Network Growth (N) and Self-Organization (S): A Complex Systems Design and Evaluation Approach to Professional Development. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 15(5-6), 353-366
Klopfer, E. and S. Yoon. (2005) Developing Games and Simulations for Today and Tomorrow's Tech Savvy Youth. Tech Trends. 49(3) 33-41.
Meir, E., J. Perry, D. Stal, S Maruca and E. Klopfer. (2005) How effective are simulated molecular-level experiments for teaching diffusion and osmosis? Cell Biology Education. 4, 235-248.
Klopfer, E. and S. Yoon. (2005) Using Palm Technology in Participatory Simulations of Complex Systems: A New Take on Ubiquitous and Accessible Mobile Computing. Journal of Science Education and Technology. 14(3), 287-295.
Klopfer, E. S. Yoon. and T. Um. (2005) Teaching Complex Dynamic Systems to Young Students with StarLogo. Journal of Computers in Math and Science Teaching 24(2), 157-178.
Klopfer, E. S. Yoon, and L. Rivas. (2004) Comparative Analysis of Palm and Wearable Computers for Participatory Simulations. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning 20, 347-359.
Jenkins, H., E. Klopfer, K. Squire and P. Tan. (2003) Entering the Education Arcade. ACM: Computers in Entertainment. 1: 17-17.
Klopfer, E. (2003) Technologies to Support the Creation of Complex Systems Models – Using StarLogo Software with Students. Biosystems 71: 111-123.
Klopfer, E., V. Colella, and M. Resnick. (2002) New Paths on a StarLogo Adventure. Computers and Graphics. 26:4, 615-622
Caton, E., J. Cherrier, E. Farnsworth, S. Franklin, B. Hufnagel, E. Klopfer, J. Russell, and B. Sayler. (1998) New Niches for Life Scientists. Science 282:1266-1267.
Klopfer, E. and A. Ives. (1997) Aggregation and the coexistence of competing parasitoid species. Theoretical Population Biology 52: 167-178.