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Title: Education Sciences Institute Vision

Education Sciences Institute Vision ISI Offsite
04 Jan 08Dan M. Davis
An Educational Sciences Institute is Required Now
  • 1 - The Nation has a vital need for improved
    education, but it is not being delivered!
  • 2 - Pedagogical advances, innovative programs and
    "hero teachers" are available!
  • 3 - Distribution and Implementation by
    traditional methods can and must be augmented by
    information technology!

A center/institute/?, modeled after ISI, costing
O(10M/yr), is one one-hundred thousandth of the
nations educational budget, but holds the
promise of implementing the advances of which we
are already capable.
Current Education Problems
  • Too manifold to list exhaustively
  • Experience
  • Societal pressure
  • Assessing the current levels
  • Once more, Hero Teachers into the breach
  • Examples
  • Paucity of domestic PhD technology students
  • Done with math book early
  • Test scores still unknown data
  • Lessons in The World is Flat

Technological Enhancements
  • There are some issues where technology may not be
    the panacea, but there are benefits that can be
  • Education has been trying technology at many
    levels, despite drawbacks, failures and
  • Analogies exist between the civilian and DoD
    educational environments
  • Learners have varying skills, abilities and
  • Dearth of hero teachers and role models
  • Limited resources with which to address issues
  • Interactive instruction can be augmented with HPC
  • Not a new concept has been shown to work

Vision of a Technology Enhanced Future
  • A classroom where a teacher always has a virtual
    interactive hero teacher to help with
  • Difficult or unfamiliar subject matter
  • Challenged learners in any field
  • Gifted students looking for new challenges
  • Students in an individual teachable moment
  • A computer aided education platform that does not
    burden the teacher in any way with technology to
    master and new gear to monitor
  • A system that automatically and effectively
    monitors and differentiates students to identify
    optimal learning strategies

Technology can Help to Produce that Vision
  • Hundreds of small research projects show what
    should be done
  • Thousands of hero teachers show what can be
  • Decades of slow progress show what is not being
    done because it is so hard
  • The Internet Revolution shows what can be
    accomplish if society is enabled by user-friendly

Hrothgar Project
  • HPC was used to teach HPC
  • Taught thinking like physicist
  • Validated by student reaction
  • Program showed students how to parallelize a code
  • Was batch, not interactive
  • Gave demonstration of HPC in educational setting
  • Accessible
  • Stable
  • Robust
  • Reliable
  • Inexpensive

Major Efforts to Date
  • Three papers on technology and education
  • Vetted Idea with subject area leaders
  • Identified people through whom to work
  • Surveyed issues and identified problems
  • Isolated the major hurdles
  • Compared advances in similar fields
  • Conceived the path to inject the best tools
  • Conceptualized the organization to lead

Germane Papers
  • Davis, D.M., Gottschalk, T.D. and Davis, L.K.,
    (2007), "High Performance Computing Enables
    Simulations to Transform Education", WSC07-The
    Winter Simulation Conference, Washington, D.C.,
  • Davis, L. and Davis, D, (2007), Implementing New
    Educational Technology for a 21st Century
    DoD", in the Proceedings of the
    Inter-service/Industry Simulation, Training and
    Education Conference, Orlando, Florida,
  • Davis, D. and Davis, L, (2006), Educational
    Extensions of Large-Scale Simulations Enabled by
    High Performance Computing" in the Proceedings of
    the Inter-service/Industry Simulation, Training
    and Education Conference, Orlando, Florida,

Support and Leadership
  • RADM Fred Lewis Head of IITSEC
  • Prof Stephen Thernstrom - Harvard U.
  • Prof. Harry ONeil USC Rossier School
  • Gene Bal Exec Dir, MHPCC, U of H
  • Prof William McComas U of Ark
  • Mike Rota U of Hawaii
  • Sue Fratkin CASC Washington Liaison

  • Center, not small research project
  • 10-15M/yr for five years, renewable
  • Develop enabling technology not generate content
  • Model on early Government/Internet Developers

  • New funding sources
  • Alternative staffing opportunities (i.e. few if
    any ITAR/U.S. Citizenship requirements)
  • Funding buffer for ebbing and flowing of
  • Opportunities to develop new leadership position
    for ISI and USC
  • Leverage existing ISI skills/reputation
  • Largest governmental budget in U.S. is not the
    DoD, but education.

  • Must be responsive to qualms of
  • Teacher organizations
  • Parents
  • School administrations and government entities
  • Previous technology efforts over-promised and
  • Many have sense they are doing this already
  • Students now have a high expectation for
    technical sophistication

TIMSS 2003 Data on 8th Grade Math (Trends in
Mathematics and Science Study)
Average is higher than the U.S.
average Average is not measurably different
from the U.S. average Average is lower than
the U.S. average
State Rankings by 8th Grade Science Scores
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Kansas
  • New Jersey
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
  • New Hampshire
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Maine
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Maryland
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa
  • New York
  • Kentucky
  • Florida
  • Michigan
  • Arizona
  • Rhode Island
  • Georgia
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • California
  • West Virginia
  • Hawaii
  • New Mexico
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • District of Columbia
  • - DoDEA
  • Indiana
  • Washington
  • Ohio
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Nebraska
  • Idaho
  • Delaware
  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • - National Average

An ESI-Enabled Educational Vision for the Nation
  • Leverage the best and brightest educators
  • When we establish one who has the vision, extend
    it to all
  • Use new technology to capture the passion and the
  • Provide managed-risk environment
  • Use goals set by visionaries and validated by
  • Employ proven pedagogical techniques to optimize
    learning and inculcate desired attitudes
  • Create an Augmented Intelligence (A/I) program
  • match education to learner
  • adjust to changing world
  • Implement ISI-proven techniques to achieve all of
    the above.

pace individual learners validate progress
What ISI et alii bring to the Mix for Education
  • Manifest reputation for delivery
  • Well suited skill set
  • Prototyping
  • Standards setting
  • Operational implementation
  • Organizational stability for 30 years
  • Professional network and valuable colleagues
  • Major Research University
  • Reputation
  • Personnel and Facilities
  • Contacts

Mission Statement and Goals
Education Sciences Institute
Mission Statement The ESI will inseminate and
incubate, then insinuate, enabling technologies
for K-12 education in order to empower every
classroom teacher to nurture challenging
students, to convey difficult material and to
optimize classroom time this will deliver a new
capability to effectively and easily incorporate
the latest pedagogical advances, the most
student-centered instruction, and the optimal
instructional pacing, all through
teacher-friendly, education goal-oriented, and
innovative systems, adapting lessons learned from
the Internet revolution and the open-source
software movement.
  • Goals
  • Virtual hero teacher(s) available to assist in
    every classroom
  • Relief for, not burden upon, classroom teachers
  • Each child held able to work at optimal, not
    classroom, progress rate
  • Uniform excellence in education, especially math
    and science

ESI Activity Flow Chart
Guidance Advisory Committee PM
Products Technology requirements and potentials
analysis New technology enablers for
Education Content capture tools Lesson plan
framework Assessment monitor Interactive
virtual tutor Proof of concept
implementations Outreach to educators identify
and facilitate technology insertion Tiger team
to attack hard EdTech problems Community
leadership to identify, foster and promulgate
Inputs Technology from DoD Needs mandates from
DoEd, State Dep of Ed. Prioritized and urgent
assistance needs from classroom
Teachers Technology-insertion lessons from
Internet Development-sharing lessons from open
source community
Assessment Independent Evaluators
Major Thrust Areas
  • Content Capture/Knowledge Acquisition
  • Grand Challenge quality problem
  • Wide applicability
  • We and collaborators (Caltech, ) are THE team
  • A/I (artificial or augmented intelligence)
  • Content adaptation
  • Student optimization
  • Learner risk reduction
  • Education Technology Infrastructure
  • Bullet proof, teacher proof, tamper proof
  • COTS Hardware
  • Thin client

Org Chart 50 (65) Personnel, 10(15)M/Yr
ISI Leadership
Future Direction
  • Refine the goals
  • Select and recruit team
  • Define the optimal configuration
  • Entire center in Marina del Rey
  • Locate elsewhere
  • Involve several Universities
  • Funding opportunities may drive
  • Working on THE next step