173 Correlating NASA Digital Learning Network Modules with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Mathematics Standards

Monday, 23 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Megan Elizabeth Buzanowicz, LRC, Hampton, VA; and C. Smith Long

NASA’s Digital Learning Network (DLN) provides interactive, education standards-based videoconferencing for students in grades K-12 and older and adds a NASA-based experience to the classroom. The DLN consists of ten synchronous interactive modules: Flying with NASA, Humans in Space, Our Magnificent Sun, Our Planet Earth, Our Solar Neighborhood, Roving on Mars, States of Matter, Ten Things about Rockets, The Moon, and Toys in Space. Special events are also held occasionally through the DLN.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core Standards are the national standards that have been constructed for states to use as guidelines for the construction of science, mathematics, and language curriculum. While these standards have not been enacted in every state, they serve as the benchmark for the modules since the DLN is a national program. Knowledge of the standards was gained through reading documentation available online and videoconference meetings. Recordings of the modules were watched to gain knowledge about the subject matter. A database was created through a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that aligned the DLN modules with NGSS and Common Core Standards. Each of the modules was listed, along with all of the NGSS science standards, in particular, the Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices and science and technical subjects. The database indicated which of the standards each module meets, partially meets, and does not meet in full. Each of the modules fully met approximately three to five NGSS standards and many met multiple Common Core mathematics standards, Standards for Mathematical Practices, and science and technical subjects. Recommendations were provided on how to enhance the “Our Planet Earth” module. Subject matter added to the module included definitions of climate change and global warming, new weather maps, and more information to change multiple partially met standards to fully met standards. Interactive activities and discussions were also added. Correlating the DLN modules with the national standards helps to provide an interactive opportunity for students of all ages to learn more about different aspects of science and promote STEM education.

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