FI Updates

Overcoming Obstacles in Mathematics Learning by Using Video Games

May 1, 2012—Real world application of mathematics concepts leads to understanding and academic success. This environment can be replicated with the use of video games and a ‘learning by doing’ practice. Overcoming obstacles in mathematics learning was the theme of the 2012 Joseph D. Moore Lecture presented by Dr. Keith Devlin on April 26 at […]


National Digital Learning Day

  February 1, 2012 — Digital Learning Day is a national awareness campaign designed to celebrate innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen teaching and personalize learning for all students. This year, February 1, marks the first celebration and North Carolina State University is part of the thirty-eight states, 10,000 teachers, and 1.5 million […]


New tool available to help schools improve STEM programs

The following was released by the NC STEM Community Collaborative. RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Dec. 15, 2011) – A free downloadable rubric has been developed to help schools in North Carolina determine the steps needed to develop quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. This rubric was developed by N.C. State University’s Friday Institute […]


From the Classroom to the Boardroom: Bill McNeal Awarded 2011 Friday Medal

November 18, 2011—North Carolina State University honored Dr. Bill McNeal at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Friday Medal Presentation on Wednesday, November 17. The Friday Medal is awarded annually to honor significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education and beyond through advocating innovation, advancing education and imparting inspiration. McNeal has over 30 years of […]


Want to Read Abraham Lincoln’s Telegrams? There’s an App for That!

October 11, 2011—A new history application for the Apple iPad, Lincoln Telegrams, produced by NC State faculty and graduate students is now available as a free download. The application includes 88 digitized telegram memos written by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864, along with historical annotations presenting analysis conducted by NC State students. “It’s the first […]


Leaving Lectures Behind: FIZZ

September 22, 2011—Ask students and teachers what they like least about their classes, and you’re likely to get the same answer from both: the lecture. Dr. Lodge McCammon, of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, is working at the middle- and high-school levels to replace classroom lectures with more interactive, engaging activities. In the average […]


Using Mobile Devices to Diagnose and Address Mathematics Difficulties

August 15, 2011—The elementary students in the LPP-Sync workshop are extremely certain on what they’ve been working on the past two weeks at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. A one-word answer that seems to bring an unexpected smile to their faces, “fractions.” This workshop engaged the students to practice math problems with mobile devices, […]


Thinking Locally, Reaching Globally with the New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute

August 4, 2011—Teachers from North Carolina and China attended a collaborative institute that encouraged them to Inquire, Collaborate and Create with innovative inquiry projects that have global significance. The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation hosted the teachers in a week-long experience that helped them understand the affordances of new technologies for learning. Through this project-based […]


Educational Technology Rookie? A Novice No More

July 27, 2011—After thirteen years of teaching Rhonda Meadows will be facing a new classroom this year. And no, it’s not just another set of fresh freshmen faces. She will again be teaching English to ninth graders at Perquimans County High School, but these curious eyes will be peering over laptops eager to follow her […]


Summer is Here: Professional Development Programs at the Friday Institute

July 11, 2011— While the lazy days of summer rest upon North Carolina State University, the doors at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation remain swinging. Through them will walk K-12 teachers, administrators, superintendents, professors and community and government officials from throughout North Carolina and across the nation. These educational leaders are here to attend […]