ERIC Number: ED485614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Bridging the Gap Between Formal and Informal Learning: Evaluating the Seatrek Distance Learning Project
Ba, Harouna; Keisch, Deborah
Education Development Center, Inc.
This study focuses on the SeaTrek Distance Learning Project, housed at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. The educational goal of the SeaTrek project is to spark student interest in science and communicate information about real-world research and conservation work at Mote to students and teachers in Florida. To accomplish this goal, the program uses interactive video conferencing technology and the Internet to deliver science courses to 4th through 8th grade students in schools across Florida, and in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri. The SeaTrek videoconference sessions are conducted from a studio at Mote Marine Lab, and are facilitated by two Mote education staff, a dynamic program presenter and a technology coordinator. This report contains the following sections: First, it describes the Evaluation Design and Research Methodologies. Second, it presents the Major Findings, organized within two subsections: Project Impact on Teachers and Students, and Implementation of Program Components (program content and program delivery). Third, this report includes a Discussion section. Finally, the research team draws its Conclusions and Recommendations.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Delivery Systems, Informal Education, Distance Education, Science Education, Elementary School Students, Student Interests, Research Methodology, Evaluation Methods, Interactive Video
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.