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SimSnap: Orchestrating Collaborative Learning in Biology through Reconfigurable Simulations

SimSnap allows students to "snap" iPads together while they work on simulations in science. The main goal of this project is to develop an innovative platform to integrate learning across individual, group and whole class levels with innovative uses of technology. Students will solve socio-scientific problems in biology, as they seamlessly move between their own learning and that of their peers.Key aspects of this project are:Students will be able to investigate the biology of plants in an authentic simulation focused around community garden…


Scaffolding Science Learning and Teaching in Middle School Classrooms through Automated Wise Crowd Analysis of Students’ Writing 

Constructing evidence-based written explanations is key aspect of learning science.  This project addresses the need to support students’ written explanations in science through a novel, automated technology to provide students and teachers with real-time feedback about students’ written explanations. The new technology will integrate the tool PyrEval, developed by Dr. Rebecca Passonneau. It will support students’ reasoning and explanations using two complementary mechanisms: automated assessment and feedback of students’ science explanations using a wise crowd model PyrEval, and feedback to…


NSF AI Institute for Student-AI Teaming

This institute, housed at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will lead the development of the new science of students-AI teaming. The aim is develop human-AI collaboration models and frameworks for creating the next generation  collaborative learning environments composed of diverse student-AI teams. The institute will contribute to the development of theories, AI technology an deter application of student-AI teaming technologies in middle and high schools. Working with the research teams in the institute, Puntambekar's research group will focus on…