A multi-disciplinary group designing and researching new technologies for education. We understand new technologies not only as a way to optimize the existing educational system, but as a transformative force that can generate radically new ways of knowing and learning.

Multimodal Learning Analytics
2009 - ongoing

Using advanced sensing and artificial intelligence technologies, we are investigating new ways to assess project-based activities, examining students' speech, gestures, sketches, and artifacts in order to better characterize their learning over extended periods of time.


FabLearn Labs
2009 - ongoing

FabLearn Labs (formerly known as FabLab@School) are a world wide growing network of educational digital fabrication labs that put cutting-edge technology for design and construction – such as 3D printers and laser cutters and robotics – into the hands of middle and high school students.

Such labs are a place for invention, creation, discovery and sharing, a space of inquiry where everyone learns and knowledge gets integrated into personal interests and daily life.

FabLearn Labs, which are embedded in technology, permit the acknowledgement and embracing of different learning styles and epistemologies, engendering a convivial environment in which students can concretize their ideas and projects with intense personal engagement.

2013 - 2017

This project explores scalable, low-cost platforms that enables multiple users to run independently or in collaboration, in real time or not, real biological experiments via interactive web applications. The aim of the project is to create a tools that are aligned with recent curricular frameworks (Next Generation Science Standards) that integrate scientific practices along with content and bring inquiry-based science approaches in massively scaled online learning.

The first prototype is designed for spatio-temporal stimulation experiments with the physarum polycephalum. The second platform allows for real-time interactive experiments on phototaxis of Euglena. All hardware is assembled from consumer electronics, and all software is open source.

Bifocal Modeling
2010 - ongoing

Bifocal Modeling is a new framework to inquiry-driven science learning. It challenges students to experience a scientific phenomenon through two lenses in parallel – a real experiment and a model. In these activities, students explore a scientific phenomenon such as heat diffusion, properties of gases, or wave propagation by designing an experiment and a model and connecting them in real time. Often the students design and develop their own experiment and collect data using embedded sensors. In parallel, they design and develop a model of the same phenomenon; their goal is to build a model which behavior matches the data they collected. Bifocal Modeling activities can serve as an approach to teach scientific content, modeling skills, use of instrumentation, computational thinking, and refine students’ scientific epistemology.