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ERIC Number: EJ1015168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
Hands-on Learning in the Virtual World
Branson, John; Thomson, Diane
Learning & Leading with Technology, v40 n5 p18-21 Feb 2013
The U.S. military has long understood the value of immersive simulations in education. Before the Navy entrusts a ship to a crew, crew members must first practice and demonstrate their competency in a fully immersive, simulated environment. Why not teach students in the same way? K-12 educators in Pennsylvania, USA, recently did just that when they partnered with the U.S. Navy in the Real World Navy Challenge (RWNC, A joint project coordinated by the Navy, the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and Delaware Valley Industrial Resources Center, the RWNC uses immersive learning to give students real-world problem-based scenarios requiring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills, without requiring them to leave the classroom. Bottom line, hands-on problem-based learning (PBL) has increased student engagement and learning. Virtual environments provide a way to get that hands-on experience for students, even when the logistics of the real world get in the way.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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