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NASA and George Tech Offer Distance Learning

Distance Learning (NASA Image)

Who knows science and technology better than the folks at NASA and Georgia Tech? No one, probably. So, when those two organizations pool their talents to set up distance learning courses for K-12 science teachers, you know it’s going to be quality. The result of the partnership between NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and GA Tech is ePDN, or the Electronic Professional Development Network.

ePDN is a free online set of courses created with NASA-developed materials and resources that aim to help K-12 teachers do a better job teaching STEM subjects. Several ePDN courses are now open for applications, including: Getting Started in Robotics, which shows teachers how to use LEGO NXT Mindstorms robot kits to design, built, test, and operate robots while teaching the underlying math and science; and Vodcasts, which explains how to use audio and video editing tools to create content for video podcasts that can be used to help teach lessons. The certificate courses are both synchronous, which means that participants  must keep to a group schedule, and asynchronous, which allows them to determine their own pace.

The instructors are topflight, too. For instance, the LEGO robotics course is taught by Jeff Rosen, program director of GA Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing.

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