Professional Bio

Degrees

  • PhD, E-Learning, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, 2007
  • Master of Science, Software Engineering and Information Systems, Regis University, Denver, CO, 2002
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, 1996

Professional Credentials & Memberships
  • Colorado Professional Secondary Teaching License #6283, Secondary Science (7-12) – endorsed and highly qualified in Chemistry, Biology, valid July 6, 2011-July 6, 2016
  • California State Professional Teaching License #070235240, PK-12 single subject endorsement – Biology, valid December 27, 2007-January 1, 2013
  • Secondary Science Teaching Certification, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, 1996
  • Washington State Beekeeper’s Association Master Beekeeper Certification Program (2010-2012), Apprenticeship Level Certification #2013
  • Project Management Certificate, 2000
  • College Board Advanced Placement Chemistry Training Cherry Creek High School, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002 & 2000; Fort Lewis College, 2003; Colorado State University, 2001; and Tucson Magnet School, 1999
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Washington State Teachers Association (WSTA)
  • Washington State’s Teachers of Teachers of Science (TOTOS)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
  • International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
  • Colorado Science Teacher Association (CAST)
  • Colorado Chemistry Teachers Association (CCTA)
  • Café Scientifique

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Regis University, Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Program Coordinator for Boettcher Teachers Program and Instructional Technology specialization, 2012-present
  • Eastern Washington University, Assistant Professor, Science & Technology, 2007-2012
  • University of California-Santa Cruz, Adjunct Faculty, Mentor/Instructor for Secondary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teachers, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, 2005-2007
  • Ponderosa High School, Instructor, Chemistry/AP Chemistry, Parker, CO, 1999-2007
  • Highlands Ranch High School, Instructor, Chemistry, Highlands Ranch, CO, 1998-1999

Research & Scholarship

Research Agenda

  • Mobile computing, app development, eLearning, simulations & virtual labs, and instructional/training games.
  • STEM Teacher and preparation Leadership
    • Inquiry based STEM education
    • Game Method of Instruction
      • Educational games & simulation design and development
      • Integration of Inquiry-based learning models with game design (e.g., Problem-based learning (PBL), Discovery learning, Case-based learning, and Inquiry learning).
    • Augmented Learning and Authentic Inquiry
      • Artificially intelligent learning objects
  1. Avatars as cognitive coaches, peer tutors, and content experts in learning environments.
  • Citizen Scientist, Authentic Learning, Place-based Science Instruction

 

Refereed papers

  • Pyatt, K., Rule, M., & Pyatt, M. (2015). “Could grazing be dangerous? Ask the cows!” - A case study investigation for citizen scientists to identify and map invasive species using a customized mobile software solution. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS).
  • Pyatt, K. (2014). Use of Chemistry Software to Teach and Assess Model-based Reaction and Equation Knowledge. Journal of Technology and Science Education, 4(4), 215-227.
  • Pyatt, K. (2013). A Novel Lab Experiment for Introductory Thermodynamics – “WaterHeater Challenge”. The Chemical Educator, 18, 159-164.
  • Pyatt, K., & Sims, R. (2012). Virtual and Physical Experimentation in Inquiry-Based Science Labs: Attitudes, Performance and Access. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 21(1), 133-147. doi: 10.1007/s10956-011-9291-6
  • Pyatt, K., & Coomes, J. (2012). Co-Cal Airlines: A Case Study on Modeling and improving fuel consumption for 737 aircraft. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS).
  • Pyatt, K. (2008). Get the Lead Out: A Case Study using gravimetric analysis to determine relative heavy metal concentration in a watershed. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science.
  • Pyatt, K., Rule, M., & Pyatt, M. (forthcoming - 2015). “Could grazing be dangerous? Ask the cows!” - A case study investigation for citizen scientists to identify and map invasive species using a customized mobile software solution. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS).

  • Refereed Conference Proceedings
  • Rule, M., Pyatt, K., Hansen, B., & Newman, G. (2014). Citizen Science Weed Mapping Program for the Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington. Paper presented at the Invasive Plants Conference - Meeting the Challenge: Preventing, Detecting, & Controlling Invasive Plants, Seattle.
  • Pyatt, K.. (2014, April). Use of Chemistry Software to Teach and Assess Model-based Reaction and Equation Knowledge. Poster Session, Celebration of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Excellence. Regis University.
  • Pyatt, K., Gutierrez, A., & Williams, F. (2011). Design and Development of an Inquiry-based Science Game. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 87). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. ISBN: 1-80094-84-3. Retrieved from: http://www.editlib.org/.
  • Fischer, J., & Pyatt, K. (2010). Implementing Online Learning Objects in the Secondary Math Classroom. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 66-75). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. ISBN:1-880094-78-9. Retrieved from: http://www.editlib.org/p/33313.
  • Coomes, J., & Pyatt, K. (2010). Experiencing Problem Based Learning: Affecting Preservice Mathematics Teacher Beliefs. In G. Bull, M. Spector, L. Schrum, A. Thompson (Eds.), 2010 Hawaii International Conference on Education:8. (pp. 3180-3186). ISSN:1541-5880. Retrieved from http://www.hiceducation.org/EDU2010.pdf.
    • Pyatt, K., & Hansen, B. (2009). Engaging 21st Century Fluencies with Inquiry Learning and Wireless Handhelds: A Work in Progress. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), World Conference on Educational, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (pp. 4298-4307). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. ISBN: 1-880094-73-8 Retrieved from: http://www.editlib.org/p/32106.
    • Pyatt, K. (2009). A Case for Simulations. In I. Gibson et al. (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (pp. 1541-1544). ISBN: 1-880094-67-3. Chesapeake, VA: Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved from: http://www.editlib.org/p/30832.
    • Pyatt, K., & Sims, R. (2007). Learner performance and attitudes in traditional versus simulated
      laboratory experiences
      . In R. J. Atkinson, C. McBeath, S. K. A. Soong & C. Cheers (Eds.), ICT: Providing choices for learners and learning. Proceedings ascilite Singapore 2007. (pp. 870-879). ISBN: 978-981-05-9578-4. Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798: The Center for Educational Development. Retrieved from: http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/singapore07/procs/.

 

Books/Chapters/Sections

  • Pyatt, K., & Calbreth, D. (2013). Concept Chemistry (1st ed.). Palo Alto, CA: CK-12 Foundation. [A 26-chapter high school chemistry text book]
    • Pyatt, K. (2009). Tips on Using Technology to Enhance a Principal's Performance. In P. Robbins & H. Alvy, The Principal's Companion: Strategies for Making the Job Easier (3rd ed., pp. 165-172). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
    • Pyatt, K. (2008). Simulating Lab Experiences. VDM Publishing. 125 a, 66123 Saarbrϋcken, Germany.

 

Software

  • Pyatt, K., & Hansen, B. (2013). Invader Locator – A Citizen Scientist Invasive Weed Mapper (Version 1.0) [Mobile App: http://www.lincolncd.com/?page_id=93]. Channeled Scablands Cooperative Weed Management Area, Cheney, WA: Scientific Creations & KioMio.
    • Pyatt, K. (2013). Reaction Master Mobile (Version 2.0). Denver, CO: Scientific Creations. Retrieved from http://036453d.netsolhost.com/wordpress1/reaction-master/
    • Pyatt, K. (2002). Reaction Master (TM) (Version 1.0). Littleton, CO: Scientific Creations.
    • Pyatt, K. (2001). Formula Master (TM) (Version 1.2). Littleton, CO: Scientific Creations.

 

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • Pyatt, K., Gutierrez, A., & Williams, F. (2011, March). Design and Development of an Inquiry-based Science Game. Poster presented at the Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE 2011), Nashville, TN, USA.
  • Pyatt, K., Browne, M. & Schmidt, K., (2010). Creation and Implementation of an Elementary Math Game. Paper presented at the Northwest Association of Teacher Educators (NWATE), Central Washington University.

Refereed Workshops

  • Pyatt, K., & Coomes, J. (2010, July). Using Authentic Problems in Mathematics Instruction. Workshop conducted at National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Annual Summer Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Pyatt, K. (2009, June). Using WikiSpaces to Facilitate the Creation of Problem-based learning environments. Workshop conducted at World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (EdMedia), Honolulu, HI.
  • Pyatt, K. (2008, June). Web 2.0 - Creating User Extensible, Student-Centered Learning Environments. Workshop conducted at World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (EdMedia), Vienna University of Technology, Austria.
  • Pyatt, K., & Klock, K. (2008, December). 21st Century Learning 101. Workshop conducted at National Staff Development Council (NSDC) 40th Annual Conference, Washington DC.
  • Hauge, R., & Pyatt, K. (2007, October). Evolution and Life in the Past. Workshop conducted at Washington State Science Teachers (WSTA) Convention, Tacoma Convention Center (GTCC), Tacoma, WA.

Invited Presentations/Panels

  • Pyatt, K., McKean, H., & Springberry, T. (2010, October). Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees. Presented overview of Recently funded Robert Noyce Grant.
  • Pyatt, K. (2009, May). Alternative Energy: The World, The Nation, And At Home. Presentation for Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant “No Child Left Inside Initiative”, Eastern Washington University.
  • Pyatt, K. (2006, February). Simulations and lab-science. Presentation given for California Accreditation Board, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.
  • Pyatt, K. (2005, November). Atomic Force Microscopy. Presentation given for National Science Foundation's NanoLeap Project, McCrel, Aurora, CO.

Awards & Recognition

  • East Washington University, Professor of the Year Award, 2009
  • East Washington University, Faculty Merit Award-Teaching, 2009
  • East Washington University, Faculty Merit Award-Scholarship/Creative Activity, 2009
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2006-2007; 2008-2009. 11th Annual Edition. Vol. II. Educational Communications, Inc. p. 337
  • Master Cyber-Teacher University of California College Prep (UCCP), 2006
  • Ponderosa High School, Outstanding Teacher Award 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Community Involvement & Service

Manuscript referee for:

  • Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT)
  • Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
  • National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCTS)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Journals include: International Journal of eLearning (IJEL); Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching (JCMST); Journal of Interactive Learning Research (JILR); Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (JEMH); Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE)
  • Computers & Education (international) (2010 - present)
  • World Journal of Education
  • Book Reviewer: “Transfer of Learning from Simulation-based Environments”; Computers & Education. (2010)
  • International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: (IMETI) (2007 – present)
  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). (2007 – present)

 

Miscellaneous service

  • Colorado Cardiac Kids – Support Group for Congenital Heart Defects (2012 – present)
  • Project Homeless – (2012 – present)
  • STEM Panel Judge for STEM Academy (Jan, 2015).
  • STEM Panel Judge for STEM Magnet School Problem-based learning research (Apr, 2013, Apr, 2014).
  • Colorado Collaborative STEM Summit. Worked with panel members to prepare and review presentation/workshop submissions for upcoming regional summit, held in Denver, CO.
  • Science Olympiad (2010, 2011, 2012). Eastern Washington University. Judge for chemistry lab competitions.
  • Inland Northwest High School Science Symposium (Feb 2009; Mar, 2010; Feb, 2011; Feb 2012). Eastern Washington/Washington State University – Riverpoint Campus. Research Panel judge.
  • Washington State Science Grants (iGrant) – reviewer 2008
  • First Lego Coach (2010)
  • Science Club Sponsor Ponderosa High School, CO, 1999 – 2007
  • Baseball Coach (Junior Varsity Level)  Ponderosa High School, CO, 1998, 1999 – 2003; Highlands Ranch High School, 1999
  • Football Coach (Freshman Level) Ponderosa High School, 1999 – 2000; Highlands Ranch High School, 1998 Ponderosa High School, 1997 (volunteer)