Drs. Stephen Adams, Lesley Farmer, and Fabian Rojas co-authored a paper at the conference of the International Organization for Science and Technology Education (IOSTE), held in Malmö, Sweden in August, 2018. Drs. Adams and Farmer are professors in the Educational Technology and Media Leadership program of CSULB, and Dr. Rojas is a recent graduate of the Educational Leadership Doctoral program. The mission of IOSTE emphasizes education about applications of science and technology in service of citizenship for “informed, critical, and active participation in democracy.” The organization also seeks to promote equity, encourage cultural diversity, and stimulate international cooperation. IOSTE is officially recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Drs. Farmer and Adams traveled to Sweden to present the paper, which addressed strategies for teaching digital citizenship and outcomes related to digital citizenship in a course that was part of the Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction Master’s degree with a concentration in Linked Learning and is also taught in programs in Educational Technology and Media Leadership and the Teacher Librarian Services Credential. The research was supported by a grant awarded by the CSU Collaborative for the Advancement of Linked Learning with funding from the James Irvine Foundation.
In addition to the group presentation, Dr. Farmer gave two further presentations at the conference: one concerned countering fake news from a science perspective, and the other concerned gender issues in teens’ access of online health information. She will return to Sweden this fall for a sabbatical to the University of Boras. At the meeting, Dr. Adams, who has presented at the organization starting in 1991, was elected to the board of IOSTE to represent North America.