Magazine article Technology & Learning

The Mountain State Gets Modern; Higher Ed Helps High Schools Prepare for 21st-Century Learning

Magazine article Technology & Learning

The Mountain State Gets Modern; Higher Ed Helps High Schools Prepare for 21st-Century Learning

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Thanks to a Congressional award and a three-year-grant from NASA to stimulate STEM-related interest, West Virginia's smallest state campus, Glenville State College, is making a big difference with the state's high-school science students. The school offers real-time experience of a college-level lab along with other distance education services provided by Polycom, NASA's Digital Learning Network (DLN), and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History via video-conferencing technologies. "Most high schools don't have major research instrumentation," says Dr. Kevin Evans, associate professor of chemistry/NASA program facilitator at Glenville State College. "We can take them into out research lab and discuss how to use the instrumentation."

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Each high-school classroom is equipped with a ceiling-mounted projector connected to a computer, a DVD player, and an Elmo document camera, which are used throughout classes and workshops. The latest device to be deployed is called the SPARK (see T&L's Next Big Thing, April 2008). …

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