Activity 6-1 | Activity 6-2
Use Learning Technologies to Support Inquiry
ABOUT THIS STEP
Think about the role of technology within the world of science,
engineering, and mathematics. How does technology operate in
authentic settings, and what kind of role does it play within
professional practice? Learning technologies should be developed
and applied in a way that reflects how the world operates,
ultimately helping learners to understand and perform in a
similar fashion. Technology should be used when it is an
essential part of the learning activities, motivated by
instructional needs. One of the most important missions you face
as a designer is making sure the technology used aligns with
both scientific practice and learners’ needs. In this step you
explore some learning technologies that have the potential to
make a difference with today’s learners, and you plan the use of
learning technologies in your inquiry activity.
Alignment and Design Space
In this step your goal is to find learning technologies that
reflect the use of the science resources you identified in step
2. However, you may decide to support the inquiry-based activity
in different ways. You explore different options in step 6
The Virtual Design Center scenario design space for
inquiry-based learning activities—the six faces of
the design space cube.
Dimensions of Inspiration
Using learning technologies to support inquiry, you can foster
different dimensions of inspiration. This depends on the design
principles you choose to support using learning technologies.
For example, if you decide to use a learning technology that is
similar to technology that experts use in the domain (e.g.,
visualization tool), you foster learners’ mental models of
science content and science practice and help them identify with
the scientists of the domain. Explore those promising
technologies in activity 6-1.
Activities and NASA Review
The matrix below
summarizes the activities to be completed in this step and
explains how to meet NASA’s product review criteria.
Start the activities in
the matrix and return to this page when you finish.
Continue to Activity 6-1.
Through step 6 you have explored different types of learning
technologies and outlined their use to support your
inquiry-based classroom activity. Read the introduction in this
page, make any necessary revisions to the current and previous
deliverables, and reflect on the inspiration and NASA criteria
in relation to your design.
Once your team
is satisfied with the step 6 deliverables, submit them to
the discussion board and share
your experience for step 6. Your facilitator will review your
documents and provide feedback.
Congratulations! You have concluded the six main steps of the
Virtual Design Center. The collection of your deliverables is
now your design document to complete your inquiry-based
activity. In the wrap-up activities you will be provided with
resources to plan your evaluations, establish partnerships, and
prepare your product to meet federal requirements and
regulations. When you are ready to continue, move onto
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