Rutgers Faculty to do Demonstration of Educational Technology at DNC

July 22, 2016
New Brunswick, N­­­J - Dr. Janice Gobert, Professor at Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE), will showcase her educational technology to members of the House of Representatives and Senate during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, PA.
Gobert is among five people in the education and workforce development group selected to share their innovative research-based technologies for learning by SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow), a bi-partisan group that advocates the importance of science and technology to senior government officials.  
Gobert, along with Michael Sao Pedro and Cameron Betts, co-founders of the ed tech start-up, Apprendis, will demonstrate Inq-ITS and Inq-Blotter for these government officials on July 26, 2016.
Gobert's headshot“These technologies offer significant advantages for teachers who need to teach and assess students on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) adopted by 17 states and DC,” noted Gobert. “The event is a great opportunity to teach members of the U.S. Congress about innovative solutions to support our educators’ and learners’ needs.” 
Inq-ITS is a science learning platform that enables middle school students to learn authentic science inquiry using interactive, virtual labs aligned to the NGSS. The patented technology allows students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills while educators use Inq-Blotter on their mobile device to receive real-time, actionable data, which they can use to tailor their instruction.
The data provided are far more valid than typical multiple-choice tests and teachers’ monitoring of students via observation – which is too difficult to do while many students are working at their own pace. The assessments are also a better reflection of what students know compared to written responses, which can underestimate those who are not good at written communication or overestimate those who are simply parroting what they have read or heard but don’t really understand the science.
Inq-ITS is generously funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education; Inq-Blotter is generously funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Small Business Innovation Research program.
Gobert joined the GSE’s faculty in 2015. She has a long history of research in technology-based assessment of science learning and inquiry skill acquisition and has been an investigator on many grants totaling over $20.00 million to date.
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