The IdeaMagnets project aims to make knowledge building in science classrooms more connected with public discourse and open science. To this end, we build a “bridge” between Hypothes.is, an open-source web annotation tool, and Knowledge Forum, the go-to knowledge-building environment designed for continual idea improvement. With the IdeaMagnets tool, learners create “idea magnets” in Knowledge Forum. These magnets are then used to pull ideas from the web. Briefly:
(1) Learners can annotate any web document using Hypothes.is
(2) And then import annotations into Knowledge Forum for further inquiry
This project is in active development, with the first classroom pilots to happen in Fall 2018.
- 2019-04-10, we presented the IdeaMagnets project 2019 AERA Annual Meeting (#AERA19) and the Knowledge Building Summer Institute (#KBSI2019) collocated in Toronto, Canada
- 2019-03-26, The project was featured at the CEHD Research Day
- 2018-06-15, We presented tech design at the I Annotate conference in San Francisco.
- 2017-12-08, Participatory Design Workshop #2 notes
- 2017-12-01, a blog post titled Participatory Design: A primer (by PhD candidate Fan Ouyang)
- 2017-11-15, Participatory Design Workshop #1 notes
- 2017-7-19, Initial design ideas
- Chang, Y.-H., Chen, B., Ouyang, F., Groos, D. & Alton, J. (2019, April). Teachers as Co-designers of a Knowledge Building Environment. Paper to be presented at the 2019 Knowledge Building Summer Institute (KBSI), Toronto, ON, Canada.
- Chen, B., Chang, Y.-H., Chen, W., Batu, W., Ouyang, F., & Groos, D. (2019, April). IdeaMagnets: Towards Knowledge Building on the Open Web. Poster to be presented at the 2019 Knowledge Building Summer Institute (KBSI), Toronto, ON, Canada.
- Chen, B., Chang, Y.-H., Groos, D., Chen, W., Batu, W., Costa, S., Peebles, B., & Ma, L. (2019, March). IdeaMagnets: Bridging Knowledge Building in Schools with Public Discourse. Poster presented at the CEHD Research Day, Minneapolis, MN.
- Chen, B., Ouyang, F., Shoberg, J., & Reen, D. (2018, June). Web annotation in classrooms as boundary play. Panel presentation at the I Annotate 2018: At the Tipping Point: Annotation on the Web, San Francisco.
- Chen, B. (2018). Designing for Networked Collaborative Discourse: An UnLMS Approach. TechTrends, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-018-0284-7