Baumann to show Weave for STEM classrooms at ISEC 2011
Alexander Baumann, a PhD candidate advised by Prof. Georges Grinstein, will present his paper, “Enhancing STEM classes using Weave: a collaborative web-based visualization environment,” at ISEC (Integrated STEM Education Conference), held in Ewing, NJ, April 2nd.
ISEC is co-located with the Trenton Computer Festival, and is intended to encourage "thought-provoking discussions on how the 'silos' separating instruction in and, ultimately, comprehension among STEM fields can be removed and, subsequently, on the various ways 'integrated STEM methods' take shape in K-16 classrooms."
Baumann described how Weave (WEb-based Analysis and Visualization Environment) could be used to support STEM education by way of collaborative visual analysis.
Weave is a framework that provides advanced data visualization capabilities on the web. Some unique features of the system are high flexibility in aesthetic and interaction choices in the software to handle a wide range of audiences; session histories to record user actions taken in the system for use in restoring, reviewing, and analyzing previous work; and collaboration capabilities to allow multiple users at the same or different locations to work together from separate computers.
The use of collaborative tools to support STEM learning is a major focus of this paper. Students can learn from and interact with the teacher in live training sessions, break off into groups to study data sets and provide results, and use smaller subgroups to divide up work that can be shared with the group at any time.
Baumann’s paper is available at http://www.cs.uml.edu/~abaumann/ISEC_2011-Alex_Baumann-Weave_STEM-final_edits.pdf.
A screenshot of data loaded in Weave (with some modifications for presentation purposes).