Activity 2-1 |
Align Science with Standards for learning
ABOUT THIS STEP
In step 2 you describe how your product/activity/lession will enable
learners to meet standards for learning. You will be creating an inquiry-based activity that is structured around a specified
dataset or resource and a research question. You will also
identify a scientist or an educator with appropriate background experience.
Alignment and Design Space
In step 1 you began to work on your design document by
drafting a rationale for your project. You identified your
project and team members by name and described the project's
targeted learner population and relationship to a compelling
need. In step 2 you identify a research question and
dataset and select a standard for learning (e.g., National Education Science Standards, Content
Standard D. Structure of the Earth system).
You specify three of your design space parameters in this step
(see Figure 1).
Figure 1. Determining three facets of the Virtual Design Center design space.
You use the characteristics of your learners to make decisions
about the remaining parameters of your design space. This helps
you design a product that targets your learners.
Dimensions of Inspiration
When learners have more
chances to engage in scientific practice, they build a deeper understanding of science and can identify with the work of
scientists (mental models and identity). This can provide
significant inspiration to the learners because they imagine
themselves doing similar kinds of work in the future
(imagination and identity). This step is very essential for this
reason. By aligning your design with authentic scientific
research and its data, learners see the direct connection
between their work and the work of scientists.
Activities and NASA Review
The matrix below identifies
and summarizes the activities to be completed in this step and
explains how to meet NASA’s product review criteria.
Start the activities in this
matrix and return to this page when you are finished.
Through step 2 you have identified a
research question, science resources, a scientist/educator, and
standards. Take notes of any initial ideas your team
formed for the inquiry-based learning activities and any
learning technologies that would support those ideas.
Read the introduction in this page and
reflect on the alignment, inspiration, and NASA criteria in
relation to your step 2 activities.
Once your team
is satisfied with the step 2 deliverables, submit them to
the discussion board and share
your experience for step 2. Your facilitator will review your
documents and provide feedback.
In step 3 you will formulate an
investigation question that motivates learners to engage in your
inquiry-based classroom activity. When you’re ready, go to
Activity 2-1 |