ATLAS is the product of a team at Illinois State University who wanted to explore the impact of geospatial technology on upper elementary grade students' spatial abilities. Before we could begin that investigation, we needed to design age-appropriate activities that integrated GIS.
Most of our research has been completed under a discovery research grant (DRK-12) from the National Science Foundation, a format that has allowed us to focus on a broad set of student outcomes.
Though we are still collecting data, and have a lot of analysis left to do, on this page you will find a breakdown of our research, selected posters & presentations, and information about the instruments we have used and designed to assess student development.
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Targeted Cognitive Processes
Posters & Presentations
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University Research Grant - College of Education, Illinois State University (2016 - 2018)
Impact of Social Media Platforms on Teacher Engagement During Professional Development Activities (May 2016). University Research Grant, College of Education, Illinois State University. May Jadallah (PI), Joel Studebaker (PI)
National Science Foundation - DRK12 Grant (2013 - 16)
Promoting Students' Spatial Thinking in Upper Elementary Grades using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (December 2012). National Science Foundation, Discovery Research K-12 Program. May Jadallah (PI), Alycia Hund - Psychology (Co-PI), Jonathan Thayn - Geography (Co-PI)
Cross-Disciplinary Grant - Research and Sponsored Programs, Illinois State University (2012 - 13)
Promoting Students' Spatial Reasoning: Using Geographic Information System in Upper Elementary Grades (July 2012). Cross-Disciplinary Grant Development Program, Research and Sponsored Programs, Illinois State University. May Jadallah (Co-PI), Jonathan Thayn - Geography (Co-PI)
Teaching & Learning Development Grant - CeMaST, Illinois State University (2010 - 12)
Training K-12 Grade Teachers to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in their Classrooms: Phase 1 (Octber 2010). Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST) Teaching and Learning Development Grant, Illinois State University. Jonathan Thayn - Geography (PI), May Jadadallah (Co-PI)