Evangeline S Pianfetti

think. innovate. do.

Projects

Evangeline has directed, and/or collaborated on several innovative and sustainable projects including:

  • Teacher Education Redesign: The College of Education at Illinois is currently undertaking an effort of paramount importance. It is redesigning it’s entire teacher preparation program to better address the needs and expectations of today’s learners. This initiative is documented at: http://education.illinois.edu/transitions/reenvisioning-teacher-preparation.html. Evangeline’s role as a member of the initial task force and currently a member of the advisory committee is to ensure that the critical issues surrounding teaching and learning in the digital age are addressed.
  • Transformations: Research and Teaching in the Digital Age: This seminar series is designed to make more visible what we do here in the college, and to educate the college and campus communities on how technologies and digital media influence / will influence research and teaching in this age of educational transformation, especially as a result of emergent technologies and mobile devices.
  • I-LLINI Partnerships: Lifelong Learning IN Illinois for 21st Century Teachers (I-LLINI Partnerships) has explored the means by which we come to know in an age of transformation. The 21st Century is a time in which we are discovering that we need to relearn how we think about where learning occurs, how it occurs, and who is learning. As a result, professional development activities have become a significant vehicle for supporting teachers in meeting the needs of 21st Century learners. In classrooms today, teachers are facilitating the learning of students considered “digital natives” (Prensky, 2001). Powerful technological tools which teachers now may have access to are affording opportunities to meet the needs of students with a wide range of learning styles and abilities in ways that were previously not possible.  I-LLINI Partnerships carries on its mission by providing innovative, needs-based professional development programs; by creating enhanced learning environments in math and science classrooms in high-needs schools through the effective and creative use of new media and digital technologies; by improving student learning and developing 21st Century skills such as higher-order thinking, communication, inquiry, and innovation; and by strengthening partnerships among all stakeholders in teacher preparation to transform teacher education through the use of information and learning technologies.
  • Moveable Feast: The Feast has engaged nearly 10,000 participants through out the state in using new and cutting edge technologies. We offer low-cost staff development with a 5:1 participants to trainer ratio.  Our trainers are teachers who use technology daily to provide meaningful instruction. The Feast covers a variety of topics  including SMART, Moodle, web development, RtI, podcasting, Office 2007, Windows 7, Google applications, Web 2.0 tools, and many more. We provide 1 to 1 support and just-in-time enrichment based on daily feedback.
  • TIMeS: The Technology-Intensive Mathematics and Science (TIMeS) project was designed to increase teacher content-area knowledge in math, science and literacy through the use of technology and, with the goal to improve student achievement in those areas. which attempt to situate new concepts in concrete situations that are relevant to the students. This way, all three foundational subjects can be strengthened at the same time. The TIMeS project was built upon the tenets of ubiquitous learning in which concepts are situated within contexts that are relevant and meaningful to students. The TIMeS project afforded educators a chance to explore new ways of teaching in order to reach a generation that has come to define new ways of learning (Richardson 2006).
  • ILLINI Cloud:  The IlliniCloud is an organization capable of providing state of the art computing resources to K-12 Education including: massively scalable computing resources spread across multiple data centers, enterprise level storage solutions, next generation networking infrastructure, and stateless hardware design.  The IlliniCloud strives to solve many problems related to K12 Technology including: 1) Creating a model of computing where districts do not rely on capital expenditures but operating expenditures, 2) Using economy of scale to provide state of the art computing storage and network resources to all districts regardless of size, and, 3) Enabling districts with the ability to provide existing resources more efficiently, with little overhead and expense for expansion of additional resources.

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