Dr. Indiogine Teaching MASC 351 Students
Tugba Oner and Dr. Trina Davis Working with Student on Second Life Lesson
Tugba Oner and Preservice Teacher Giving Problem Solving Lesson
Preservice Teacher Giving Problem Solving Lesson in Second Life KATE Classroom
Drs. Davis and Indiogine Teaching MASC 351 Students
KATE Classroom in Second Life with Bot Avatars
Drs. Trina Davis and Enrico Indiogine with MASC 351 Preservice Teacher
Student with KATE Team Trina Davis, Glenn Phillips, and Haiping Hao
Drs. Gerald Kulm and Trina Davis in the Second Life KATE Classroom
KATE Virtual Classroom Building in Second Life
KATE Virtual Classroom Building in Second Life

Program Description

The Knowledge for Algebra Teaching for Equity (KATE) Project was funded by the National Science Foundation in September 2011. This research project enriches the education of STEM teachers by using emergent technology to provide pre-service middle school mathematics teachers early teaching experiences that address topics in algebra and equity. In particular, the research team at Texas A&M University is using Second Life and other technologies to structure carefully planned learning experiences for pre-service teachers. Virtual technologies are used to provide pre-service teachers practice in presenting and assessing problem solving activities in a virtual classroom with diverse populations. Researchers hypothesize that technology enriched strategies have the potential to deepen pre-service teachers' understanding and effectiveness in teaching emerging algebra concepts to diverse student populations.

KATE Advisory Panel

A KATE Advisory Panel Meeting was held in conjunction with the 2013 AERA Conference in San Francisco. The KATE Team shared recent research and development efforts and gained invaluable feedback from panel members that include: 


  • Dr. Alfinio Flores - University of Delaware (Chair)
  • Ms. Kathy Schrock - Adjunct Professor and Independent Educational Technologist
  • Dr. Rick Kitchen - University of Denver
  • Dr. Jacqueline Leonard - University of Wyoming
  • Dr. Miriam Leiva - University of North Carolina - Charlotte


Registration for Camp