The Curiosity, an SUV-size vehicle, is roving the surface of Mars, collecting information on soil, rocks, and other data that scientists hope will enhance their understanding of the red planet.
Students will be roving, virtually, right along with it.
Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m., Eastern time, a trio of organizations will be hosting a “virtual field trip” to Mars, which will give students and teachers detailed information on the rover’s mission and its work. The virtual program, titled “Journey to the Extreme: Your V.I.P. Pass to Mars,” also will be archived for schools’ future use, for those who miss the initial launch.
via NASA Project Gives Students Virtual Tour of Mars – Digital Education – Education Week.
Looking for a way to expand the horizons of its 600 students without leaving campus or breaking the annual budget, Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, DE, turned to videoconferencing as a viable alternative. Instead of buying some AV equipment and installing it in classrooms, hoping that teachers would use it, the school took a calculated approach to the initiative. First it secured the funding and then it consulted with the various district- and state-level experts about the project. Professional development would come next, followed by the equipment acquisition, installation, and final rollout.
The process took about seven months and was carefully planned out, according to Lori Roe, instructional technology specialist for the Cape Henlopen School District. Roe said the impetus behind the project was twofold: to get teachers to integrate at least two videoconferences into the semester’s project-based activities and to encourage students to develop their own virtual field trips and sessions with experts outside of the school.
Full Text: Delaware School Expands Student Horizons Virtually — THE Journal.
North Carolina’s classrooms are about to get a lot bigger.
Virtual field trips and remote science lessons will be possible with the opening of the Nature Research Center.
Across the state, classrooms will be able to connect to the SECU Daily Planet, a three-story multimedia globe that is the expanded N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ signature feature. There, scientists will present research in front of a 40-foot high-definition screen that can immerse visitors into, say, the deep sea or outer space. The presentations will be available, live or uploaded, to schools through the N.C. Research and Education Network, a high-speed Internet2 setup.
Full article: Teachers throughout N.C. can plug into museum’s work – Nature Research Center – NewsObserver.com.