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Robert Tinker




Robert Tinker is co-Principal Investigator for the RITES project and founder of the Concord Consortium. He started the nonprofit Concord Consortium in 1995 so that he could concentrate on innovative applications of technology in education. Bob earned his PhD in experimental low temperature physics from MIT and has taught college physics for ten years.

Bob is internationally recognized for pioneering innovations in education that exploit the promise of technology. He was the first to develop and test several important developments that are now in widespread use, including probes and interface electronics for real-time measurements, "network science" that engages students in sharing their observations, and online courses for teachers, students, and online course faculty.

Current work focuses on sophisticated simulations, online assessment, and software platforms. Projects funded by the National Science Foundation at the Concord Consortium over the last decade have resulted in some of the most sophisticated educational software available anywhere. These open source, free technologies will be used extensively in RITES and adapted to the needs of Rhode Island schools. 


Educational technology policy, research, curriculum, and software architecture.
Nonprofit management. 


Buckley, B., Gobert, J. D., Kindfield, A. C. H., Horwitz, P., Tinker, R., Gerlits, B., et al. (2004). Model-Based Teaching and Learning with BioLogica: What Do They Learn? How Do They Learn? How Do We Know? Journal of Science Education and Technology, 13(1), 23 - 41.

Collison, G., Elbaum, B., Haavind, S., & Tinker, R. F. (2000). Facilitating Online Learning: Effective Strategies for Moderators. Madison, WI: Atwood Publishing.

Levy, D., & Tinker, R. (2008). Links between dynamic representations of atomic-scale phenomena and molecular reasoning Paper presented at the Chais Conference on Instructional Technologies Research.

Linn, M., Lee, H.-S., Tinker, R., Husic, R., & Chiu, J. (2006). Teaching and assessing knowledge integration in science. Science, 313, 1049-1050.

Metcalf, S. J., & Tinker, R. (2004). Probeware and handhelds in elementary and middle school science. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 13(1), 43-49.

Mokros, J., & Tinker, R. (1987). The impact of microcomputer-based labs on children's ability to interpret graphs. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 24(4), 369-383.

Pallant, A., & Tinker, R. (2004). Reasoning with atomic-scale molecular dynamic models. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 13(1), 51-66.
Tinker, R. (1976). Integrated circuits in teaching: A guide to Tinker's toys. Stony Brook, NY: American Association of Physics Teachers.
Tinker, R. (1990). Modelling and theory building: Technology in support of student theorizing. In D. L. Ferguson (Ed.), Advanced Educational Technologies of Mathematics and Science (Vol. 107, pp. 91-114). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
Tinker, R. (2005). Learning Through Online Collaboration. In G. P. Kearsley (Ed.), Online learning: Personal reflections of the transformation of education (pp. 402-414). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Educational Technology Publications.
Tinker, R. (2007a). The Educational Accelerator: A virtual facility for educational R&D. Paper presented at the Enabling science discoveries through visual exploration.
Tinker, R. (2007b, January). Understanding the atomic-scale world with the Molecular Workbench. Paper presented at the Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Seattle, WA.
Tinker, R. (2008a). Exploring the Science of Atoms and Molecules Using the Molecular Workbench. Paper presented at the AAPT Annual Winter Meeting.
Tinker, R. (2008b). Learning What Students Are Thinking Paper presented at the AAPT Winter Meeting.
Tinker, R. (2008c). Perspective: The Concord Consortium vision. @Concord, 12(1), 2-3.
Tinker, R. (2008d). The Molecular Workbench. Paper presented at the Meeting at the Jackson Lab.
Tinker, R. (Ed.). (1996). Microcomputer-based labs: Educational research and standards (Vol. 156). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
Tinker, R., & Bell, K. (2008). The Center for Enhanced Learning of Science. @Concord, 12(1), 10-11.
Tinker, R., & Krajcik, J. S. (Eds.). (2001). Portable Technologies: Science Learning in Context. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
Tinker, R., & Palant, A. (2008). Understanding heat and temperature: Can atoms help? @Concord, 12(1), 6-7.
Tinker, R., Palant, A., & Damelin, D. (2008). Frontier uses of the Molecular Workbench in the classroom. Paper presented at the NSTA National Meeting.
Tinker, R., & Pallant, A. (submitted 2007). Stepping stones to molecular literacy: Enhancing high school biology with dynamic molecular models. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
Tinker, R., Pallant, A., Xie, Q., & O'Sullivan, E. (submitted 2007). Using molecular dynamics models to help students understand light-matter interactions. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
Tinker, R., & Staudt, C. (2008a). The Molecular Workbench: Linking the Micro and Macro. Paper presented at the NSTA National Conference.
Tinker, R., & Staudt, C. (2008b). The Science of Atoms and Molecules. Paper presented at the NSTA National Conference.
Tinker, R., Staudt, C., & Hazzard, E. (2008). Probes and Models in the High School. Paper presented at the NSTA National Conference.
Tinker, R., & Xie, Q. (2008). Applying computational science to education: the Molecular Workbench paradigm. Computing in Science and Engineering, 10(5), 24-27.
Tinker, R., & Xie, Q. (Invited for 2009). Infusing Science into Science Education. Science.
Xie, Q., & Tinker, R. (2006). Molecular dynamics simulations of chemical reactions for use in education. Journal of Chemical Education, 83(1), 77-83.
Zucker, A., Tinker, R., Staudt, C., Mansfield, A., & Metcalf, S. (2008). Learning science in grades 3-8 using probeware and computers: Findings from the TEEMSS II project. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 17(1), 42-48.