ERIC Number: EJ762438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
NASA LIVE Creating a Global Classroom
Townes-Young, Katrina L.; Ewing, Virginia R.
T.H.E. Journal, v33 n4 p43-45 Nov 2005
This article describes NASA LIVE (Learning through Interactive Videoconferencing Experiences), a free series of videoconferencing programs produced by NASA's Langley Center for Distance Learning in Hampton, Virginia. NASA LIVE is designed for K-12 educators and students, allowing teachers and students to interact with NASA experts in a virtual setting as they engage in a variety of topics and hands-on activities connecting science-, technology-, engineering-, and mathematics (STEM)-related content to NASA research and careers. NASA LIVE offers 30- to 60-minute videoconferences among its researchers and students throughout North America and beyond. Videoconferencing is a telecommunications medium allowing individuals or groups of people at different locations to transfer video and audio in a real-time or face-to-face setting. An ideal tool for the digital generation, videoconferencing is in step with education's shift away from short, isolated, teacher-centered lessons to a student-focused, interactive experience. Using videoconferencing resources like NASA LIVE provide educators, students, and parents with the opportunity to connect classroom content to related research and careers. In turn, professional experts help validate understanding, provide instantaneous feedback, and introduce practical examples, greatly improving student motivation as students become active participants.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Distance Education, Internet, Time Management, Classroom Environment, Global Approach, Telecommunications, Interactive Video, Teleconferencing, Science and Society, Federal Government, Space Exploration, Partnerships in Education, Nutrition Instruction, Exercise
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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