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Ed Tech Fair showcases diverse MIT talents, student ingenuity

The 2009 Ed Tech Fair enjoyed a huge turnout, with over 25 presenters and exhibitors, a lively panel discussion featuring four MIT professors doing pioneering work in visualization and simulation, and the student winners of the iCampus prize demonstrating their winning projects.


Exhibits Overview

Each exhibit or featured project at the Ed Tech Fair had its own detailed 'snapshot', including a desciption of its pedagogical goals, an outline of any resulting outcomes, and an explanation of relevance to specific learning areas. Click here to enter the Exhibits Overview.


Panel Discussion on Visualization and Learning

Profs Newman, Belcher, Walker, Fendt

(l-r: Profs Newman, Belcher, Walker, Fendt)

Professors Dava Newman, John Belcher, Graham Walker, and Kurt Fendt shared how the use of visualizations and simulations has made learning more effective and meaningful. Tools are integrated into the classroom experience, as well used for supplementary study. A video of the panel discussion is available below.


Winners of Microsoft's iCampus Award

C.Varenhorst, Justin Cannon, Violeta Ivanova, Sacha Zyto, Vijay Kumar

(l-r: S Zyto, V Ivanova, C Varenhorst, J Cannon,V Kumar)

iCampus winners Chris Varenhorst '09 and Justin Cannon '08 demonstrated their Lingt Language website, an interactive tool for language learning. Second place winner Sacha Zyto 'G demonstrated his PDF Communal Annotation Site. Drs. Kumar and Ivanova administered the prize competition and presented awards to the winners.


Visitor response

The range and depth of educational innovation at MIT was demonstrated by projects that promote collaboration across departments and schools, projects that find and incorporate digital content in meaningful ways in research and learning, and projects that feature open educational tools and resources.

fair attendees

Attendees to the fair included interested individuals across MIT's  demographic: faculty interested emerging technology-enabled initiatives, undergraduates absorbing new perspectives on educational innovation, and technologists and researchers looking for grist and inspiration. 

ESG students with Drs Minnes and Dourmashkin

(l-r: Dr Minnes with ESG students: Sivels, Jacobs, Martinez, Kiang, Peceviciute, Coleman, Brown and ESG instructor Dr Dourmashkin)

Dean Daniel Hastings with presenter

"The set of presentations gave an impressive overview of new ways of communicating educational concepts in science and engineering."  -- Prof. Vincent Lepinay, Science, Technology & Society

"The fair was a great way to see other projects/initiatives on campus that I hadn't been aware of." -- Darcy Duke, MIT Libraries

"I liked the variety, diversity and informality!!" -- fair attendee

If you attended the fair, please let us know your thoughts and reflections. Register with this site, below, and add your comments. We want to hear from you!

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