Labnet: Toward A Community of Practice (Technology and by Richard Ruopp,Shahaf Gal,Brian Drayton,Meghan Pfister

By Richard Ruopp,Shahaf Gal,Brian Drayton,Meghan Pfister

hooked up through a working laptop or computer telecommunications community, ninth-graders from 8 excessive colleges scattered hundreds of thousands of miles throughout Alaska interact, development a robotic submarine to assemble samples from the ground of Prince William Sound.

this is often highschool technology as a few lecturers and academic reformers this present day envision it -- situated on scholar tasks that inspire studying via doing...supported via glossy technology...enriched by means of collaboration between scholars and academics, either head to head and much apart.

this instance is drawn from LabNet, a three-year attempt funded by way of the nationwide technology starting place. The undertaking used to be carried out via Technical schooling study facilities (TERC), a nonprofit academic association devoted to enhancing arithmetic and technological know-how schooling. ultimately attaining 562 academics in 37 states, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa, LabNet had a right away impression on their school room perform. In a follow-up assessment, the bulk stated that they had assigned their scholars extra tasks and had used LabNet's telecommunications community to replace venture rules with different academics. This ebook is the tale of LabNet as advised by way of its editors, with 14 extra essays on technology tasks -- either theoretical and sensible -- by way of LabNet academics and TERC staff.

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