Robert Tinker
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I've been working for 30+ years on innovative approaches to education that exploit technology. The initial development of probeware for learning based on real-time measurements was performed in my group. My team at TERC was the first to develop “network science” for dispersed science investigations. The initial result of this work was the NGS Kids Network, the first curriculum making extensive use of student collaboration and data sharing.
Thirteen years ago I started the nonprofit Concord Consortium to concentrate on innovative applications of technology in education. The Consortium developed the Virtual High School and professional development based on online learning. Current work focuses on sophisticated simulations in science, probeware, and handhelds, and applications of these technologies to pressing educational issues, with a particular focus on underrepresented students. A current focus is applying technology to student progress monitoring and supporting diverse learners. The open source, free technologies emerging from the Concord Consortium are being integrated into learning modules that that offer a glimpse of what inquiry-based education could look like in a few years.
I earned my PhD in experimental low temperature physics from MIT and taught college physics for ten years.

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