| Live From Mars -like every Passport to Knowledge module-is
very different from traditional instruction. But the PTK project team,
like you, the dedicated educator, needs to know what students "get"
from participating in LFM.
When we say "get" we're not just thinking about factual information
on Mars or general knowledge about the exploration of space. In
line with the National Science Education Standards (NAS/NRC), and
initiatives such as AAAS's Project 2061 (Science for All Americans,
Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy) and new state and district
assessment criteria, PTK strives to develop
But how do we know we-and you-are achieving these goals? In the past
PTK has provided Teacher and Student Evaluations in our Guides. We've
learned much from these questionnaires but we've found the student
surveys too open-ended. We also learned that more targeted teacher
surveys would provide better feedback. This time we're customizing
our evaluations. If you're a teacher, please register by returning
the pre-paid, pre-addressed postcard included in this Guide (additional
copies can be enlarged from the master below). Those of you accessing
the guide on-line will find instructions on how to respond via e-mail.
All those registering will be sent a survey targeted to their grade
and subject area. We believe this will help us, and you, better understand
the contributions and challenges of PTK and Live From Mars.
- positive student attitudes towards science and high technology
- a better understanding of the scientific method and research
- more powerful and sophisticated research skills
- practice in applying the new tools of the Information Age to
education whether in school, at home or in informal learning settings
such as planetariums and science centers
PTK found that specific evidence of student work (Mission Logbooks
from LFS, Antarctic flags and poetry from LFA, videotapes of overnight
star parties or presentation of class projects, on-line student
contributions to the "Great Planet Debate during LHST) were extremely
useful and revealing assessment tools. Throughout the Guide we've
provided suggestions for Activities which will generate this type
of student work. We hope they will also help you, the teacher, identify
specific, measurable, student learning outcomes and aid you in your
individual student assessments.
| Space missions use acronyms, and throughout
this Guide you'll find the following shorthand.
MPF: Mars Pathfinder
MGS: Mars Global Surveyor
JPL: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
APXS: Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer
PTK: Passport to Knowledge
LFM: Live From Mars
LFA: Live From Antarctica
LFS: Live From the Stratosphere
LHST: Live From the Hubble Space Telescope