Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS)
Emerging from research collaborations started over 25 years ago, the TELS Community develops instructional programs including the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) that use educational technology to help students master complex scientific concepts.
Proven Learning Gains
WISE curricula have been tested in middle and high school classrooms for over two decades in more than ten school districts.
Research has shown that WISE curriculum units improve student learning of difficult standards-based science topics and that students continue to integrate their ideas and strengthen their understanding even after the units have been completed.
NSF Funded Projects
The WISE Community has operated many different National Science Foundation funded research projects over the past 25+ years. Current projects include:
- Supporting Teachers in Responsive Instruction for Developing Expertise in Science (STRIDES), which helps teachers design evidence-based responsive instruction
- Project Learning with Automated, Networked Supports (PLANS), which combines investigation and analytic technologies to guide students’ design projects
- Graphing Research on Inquiry with Data in Science (GRIDS), which undertakes a comprehensive program to address the need for improved graph comprehension