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NASA eClips™ Interactive Lessons: A Three-year Study of the Impact of NASA Educational Products on Student Science Literacy

, Technology For Learning Consortium, Inc., United States ; , , National Institute of Aerospace, United States

JCMST Volume 39, Number 4, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

NASA eClips™, developed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in partnership with NASA, provides educators with standards-based educational resources that seek to increase student Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) literacy through the lens of NASA. Over the past four years a new project within NASA eClips™, NASA Spotlite, has been rigorously tested exploring the impacts of students developing and using short videos to understand and address science misconceptions. Foundational partnerships with schools plus online hosting by commercial partner Nearpod enabled the team to broaden its audience. A comparison of three years of NASA Spotlite lesson research supports the findings that student engagement with the lessons significantly impacted their understanding of commonly misunderstood science concepts. In a quasi-experimental study with over 100 students, some overall positive significant changes in student content knowledge were recorded, while major student achievement differences based on lesson delivery format were confirmed. Positive changes in student science literacy resulted through both instructional modes, though less for those experiencing the more traditional lesson delivery via interactive PDFs than those for whom the delivery was via Nearpod. This work illustrates the importance of fidelity of lesson implementation and how choices in the use of instructional technology may impact lesson delivery.

Citation

Davey, B., Bowers, S. & Spears, S. (2020). NASA eClips™ Interactive Lessons: A Three-year Study of the Impact of NASA Educational Products on Student Science Literacy. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 39(4), 383-398. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 14, 2021 from .