Barbara Lockee, professor in Instructional Design and Technology received an award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). At the recent national meeting, she was presented with the AECT Annual Achievement Award for the AECT Legends and Legacies Project. Congratulations, Barbara!
Dr. Gerard Lawson, EDCO and Dr. Kami Patrizio, EDEL have recently been awarded a $914,000 research grant from the National Institute of Justice. The grant, entitled “A Multiple Perspectives Analysis of the Influences on the School to Prison Pipeline in Virginia”, will rely on school climate, safety, threat assessment, and crime data from Virginia to determine factors influencing juvenile involvement in the criminal justice system. Dr. Yatsuo Miyazaki, EDRE, Dr. Gary Skaggs, EDRE, and a number of Virginia Tech graduate students are also part of the research team. The research is being conducted in response to a 2015 report by the Center for Public Integrity, which found that Virginia has more school based law enforcement referrals than any state in the country. Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Children’s Cabinet, comprised of Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and Virginia’s Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, Education, Homeland Security, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety, has endorsed the project with its full support. The Co-Chairs of the Children’s Cabinet, Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel and Secretary of Education Anne B. Holton, have described the research as vital to informing policy and educational practice in Virginia and across the country.
Through a interdisciplinary NSF CyberLearning Exploratory Grant, History and Social Science Education faculty (David Hicks) and graduate students alongside colleagues in TLOS, the Department of History, and Computer Science have worked closely with Montgomery County Public Schools, the Christiansburg Institute Alumni Association and the nonprofit Christiansburg Institute Inc. to develop a mobile augmented reality app called CI Spy to support young students as they conduct a place based/local history investigation of Christiansburg Institute (CI), a formerly segregated school. Uniquely, this work is one of the only projects focusing on the discipline of history within this predominantly STEM-focused grant program.The goal of the grant is to construct a local history curriculum (designed to serve as a portal to study race relations at the national level) that uses Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to teach fifth graders in Montgomery County Public Schools about what life was like for African American children in a segregated school in Virginia. CI Spy provides visitors to the CI campus with views of extant campus buildings, as they existed at various times in the past, with embedded historical sources to help investigate student life in the 1950s and 60s. So far 14 classes of fifth grade students from Montgomery County Public Schools have taken on the role of junior history detectives to explore this local hidden history. The news article is on both Roanoke Times and WSLS.