Using Virtual Computing Labs to Increase Active Learning Among K-12 Students
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Increasing Active Learning Among Students: NCCUs Introduction of Virtual Computing Lab to grades K-12By Shaneece Davis
Active LearningActive learning is a process where learning is jointly shared between the student and the teacher. Studies have proven that students who are actively engaged with the material are more likely to recall information later and be able to use that information in different contexts .
Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)VCL provides dedicated remote access to a range of computing environments for students to access computing and software applications from any networked location.
CapabilitiesReduces the need for physical lab Saves moneyfor school systems by decreasing costs Supports a wide range of users Contains numerous types of course materials and toolsSkill Development
After the pilot program ended students seemed to be motivated to use computers in a whole new way. Student FeedbackThe best thing about VCL is just the fact that it has many programs you can use that aren't usually available to students that make your life easier."
VCL gave me a chance to use programs that helped me look at human genetics and create my own virtual world."
Before, I used to want to be a lawyer, but now I think I should do something in graphic design because I really like designing things."
Alice ImageDigital Media ImageMicrosoft Office Image
Pilot Program-NCCU&IBM: NCCU Professors initiated this project in particular because it continues their research to develop a STEM outreach program using VCL. Virtualization Information Communication Technology Outreach to Re-energize Youth (VICTORY) initiatives focus is to engage schools into a technology rich environment where students have access tools that expand the classroom environment. -HNT: Hillside New Tech (HNT) High school is a new, small, STEM high school located in Durham, North Carolina (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). HNT is designed to offer a break from the traditional high school experience, It was chosen because it is local and it relatively focuses on technology through computer-assisted education practices. -VCL Images: The goals of the HNT pilot program were to introduce students to programming using animation and hands-on labs, as well as enhance their analytical and problem solving skills. The three images provided to the students (Alice, Digital Media, and Microsoft Office Suite 2007) were all Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant.