The EdTech Collaborative is housed at the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future (COTF) in Wheeling, WV. Since 1992 the activities of the COTF have benefited hundreds of thousands of students and teachers worldwide through our innovative educational products, teacher professional development experiences, and theoretical and applied research.
Our unique relationship with NASA allows the Classroom of the Future to develop and test high-quality materials that are technology intensive.
In 2006 NASA proposed three major outcomes for all education initiatives:
Outcome 1: Strengthen NASA and the future workforce of the United States—NASA will continue contributing to the development of the U.S. science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and geography (STEM-G) workforce of the future through a diverse portfolio of education initiatives that target students at all levels.NASA Education has embarked on the sizeable task of inspiring the next generation of explorers. Doing so will entail millions of hours of labor, hundreds of millions of dollars, years of effort, and a shared vision for how to accomplish that goal. It is clear that during this effort a growing emphasis will be placed upon the distribution of digital materials, the Internet as a dissemination vehicle, and other forms of educational technologies. The EdTech Collaborative seeks to bolster this effort through supporting educators and developers alike to choose and use educational technologies for maximum teaching and learning impact.
Outcome 2: Attract and retain students in STEM-G disciplines—To compete effectively for the minds, imaginations, and career ambitions of young people, NASA will focus on engaging and retaining U.S. students in STEM-G education programs to encourage their pursuit of educational disciplines critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific, and technical missions.
Outcome 3: Engage the U.S. citizenry in NASA’s mission—NASA will build strategic partnerships and linkages between STEM-G formal and informal education providers. Through hands-on, interactive, educational activities, NASA will engage students, educators, families, the general public, and all agency stakeholders to increase the science and technology literacy in the United States.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2008 13:17