STEM education goes virtual

Alpine Observer | June 26, 2019

IMAGINE taking students on a tour of a historical landmark on the other side of the globe, or experiencing the ocean from the eyes of a dolphin, at just the click of a button. These are the kind of experiences students at Myrtleford P-12 College are enjoying, with the help of the rapidly growing world of virtual reality. All schools across the North East have been granted access to the Digital Technologies Advisory Committee (DTAC) where they can borrow a range of STEM tools to increase the digital inclusion of students and families in the region.

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In school districts across the country, far too many students arrive at middle school and high school with significant learning gaps that prevent them from mastering grade-level content.Research shows that when these struggling students embark on their secondary education with significant learning gaps, they progress more slowly than their peers, further widening the gap with each passing semester.² Without filling these gaps in subject-area knowledge and skills, these students are at risk of increased frustration in coursework and ultimately dropping out of school before graduation. When students struggle with prerequisite and grade-level content, they often spend more time trying to catch up and less time on building the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they will need for college and career.

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In school districts across the country, far too many students arrive at middle school and high school with significant learning gaps that prevent them from mastering grade-level content.Research shows that when these struggling students embark on their secondary education with significant learning gaps, they progress more slowly than their peers, further widening the gap with each passing semester.² Without filling these gaps in subject-area knowledge and skills, these students are at risk of increased frustration in coursework and ultimately dropping out of school before graduation. When students struggle with prerequisite and grade-level content, they often spend more time trying to catch up and less time on building the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they will need for college and career.

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