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Virtual Design Center Activities/Deliverables

The matrix below summarizes the activities to be completed in each step. A similar activity matrix appears at the beginning of each step. You can download a template of each deliverable by clicking on the text.



Step 1: Identify learner needs and justify project.

Activity 1-1:  Explore NASA Educational Products

Review a learning environment that has met NASA’s product review criteria.

Activity 1-2: Identify Target Population and Partner School District

Identify a target audience and search for a partnering school district that will provide needs assessment data for your target population.

Activity 1-3:  Identify Learner Characteristics and Write a Project Rationale  

Interview your partner school district and review the key learner characteristics that describe your target audience.

Complete Deliverable 1: Project Rationale.

Step 2: Align science with standards for learning.

Activity 2-1: Align the Science

Identify the science research question and a science resource that will help you develop an inquiry activity.

Complete Deliverable 2-1: Description of Science.

Activity 2-2:  Identify Standards

Identify standards that align with the research question, science resource, and learner characteristics.

Complete Deliverable 2-2: List of Relevant Standards.

Step 3: Formulate and test investigation question.

Activity 3-1: Draft and Refine Your Investigation Question

Read three design principles to guide you in the drafting/refinement of your investigation question.

Complete Deliverable 3-1: Investigation Question.

Activity 3-2:  Test Your Investigation Question

Test your investigation question with a sampling of your targeted learner population.

Complete Deliverable 3-2: Results of Your Pilot Testing.

Step 4: Design and implement classroom assessment.

Activity 4-1: Select the Standard

Define the primary targeted content and pick one standard to develop assessments.

Complete Deliverable 4-1: Targeted Content and Standards.

Activity 4-2: Develop the Assessments

Develop three-level assessments that align to a standard.

Complete Deliverable 4-2: Three Levels of Assessment (1 quiz item/answer explanation, 1 exam item/answer key, and 5 test items).

Activity 4-3: Pilot the Assessments

Pilot your assessments with learners.

Complete Deliverable 4-3: Results of the Pilot Test.

Step 5: Incorporate best practices within your inquiry-based classroom activity.

Activity 5-1: Describe Your Activity Ideas

Discuss with your facilitator your ideas for an inquiry-based activity. Deliverable 5-1 is informal. Post your ideas to the discussion board.

Activity 5-2: Consider Best Practices

Read six design principles about best practices in inquiry-based learning. Complete the guiding questions to help revise your ideas.

Complete Deliverable 5-2: Guiding Questions Outline.

Activity 5-3: Create Your Inquiry-based Activity

Create your inquiry-based activity incorporating the best practices in inquiry-based learning. For deliverable 5-3, describe how your inquiry-based activity will be implemented in your setting. Post it to the discussion board.

Step 6: Use learning technologies to support inquiry.

Activity 6-1: Explore Advanced Learning Technologies

Explore and describe how certain features of various learning technologies can support learners during the inquiry activity. Deliverable 6-1 is informal. Post your thoughts to the discussion board.

Activity 6-2: Support the Inquiry Activity with Technology

Develop an outline incorporating one or more learning technologies to support learners in their practice of scientific inquiry.

Complete Deliverable 6-2: Outline of Learning Technology Support.



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