NCSU professor wins education prize

From Staff ReportsSeptember 24, 2011 

— An N.C. State University physics professor has won a national award for his ground-breaking work in digital education, which has transformed the way students learn science at universities across the country.

Robert Beichner was one of three people honored this week with a 2011 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. Each will received $50,000.

Beichner creating SCALE-UP, which blends digital technology with active discussion and hands-on learning in science classrooms. More than 100 universities use SCALE-UP.

In addition to teaching, Beichner also directs the NCSU's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Initiative. He co-wrote one of the widest used college physics textbooks in the nation and was named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2010-11 academic year.

Beichner spoke this week at the New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference about the role of technology in transforming education.

The other 2011 McGraw winners were Mitchel Resnick, professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, and Julie Young, president and CEO of Florida Virtual School.

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