NASA and Apple Computer Provide Resources to Help Educators
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
NASA's multimedia exhibits and educational resources are now
available to educators for classroom use through the Apple Learning
Interchange (ALI) online educational environment.
NASA's educational technology team, led by staff from NASA Ames
Research Center, Moffett Filed, Calif., is disseminating NASA's
mission and research-based instructional content to support
professional educators as they strive to improve the quality of
teaching and learning.
"Both the Apple Learning Interchange and NASA's Office of Education
have similar goals in striving to provide educators with educational
technology resources that model and facilitate effective teaching
methods, so we are very excited to work toward this common goal
together," said Christina O'Guinn, lead for the NASA Ames
educational technology team.
The "Teaching & Learning" section of ALI includes lessons,
media-rich exhibits and events appropriate for classroom use. With
the help of Apple Computer, Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., several NASA
educational technology products that have already become popular
among educators and students will now be available to a wider
The first exhibit that launches this week features a new
microgravity challenge on NASA Quest. This challenge asks students
to design analogs for microgravity that could be used to test new
technologies such as the Personal Satellite Assistant.
As students develop their solutions over the next few months, they
will be able to pose questions to NASA engineers, receive feedback
on their preliminary designs and participate in live, interactive
Web casts with NASA engineers who will draw connections from
students' designs to actual NASA missions.
In coming months, additional NASA programs will be available through
ALI. One program is "Astro-Venture," an interactive, educational,
multimedia Web environment where students in grades five through
eight role play NASA researchers, scientists and engineers using
scientific inquiry, as they search for and design a planet with the
necessary characteristics for human habitation.
Another program to be available on ALI is an interactive Web site
for students and teachers to learn more about NASA technologies. The
site has inquiry-based lessons, interactive multimedia activities
and video animations focusing on systems, forces and motion,
engineering design, volume and surface area.
Future NASA Quest challenges also will be highlighted through ALI.
"We look forward to reaching a larger audience of teachers and their
students with all of this content through ALI," said O'Guinn. This
agreement also will facilitate support of NASA-related Web casts
through the "Digital Learning Events" section of ALIinnovative.
"By supporting our teachers with standards-based resources and
models of effective instruction, we can improve teachers'
instructional skills and excitement about the crucial subject areas
of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said O'Guinn.
The addition of NASA Ames' educational technology resources augments
the current resources available on ALI from NASA Langley Research
Center, Hampton, Va. These include digital versions of NASA
educational television programs such as NASA CONNECT and Destination
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