Mission to Mars - Thornburg Center for Space Exploriation - Education on the Holodeck - Implement in US and Peer to Recife Brazil
Education on the Holodeck TEDx National School Board Association
Education on The Holodeck
David D. Thornburg, PhD and Renato Santos
Thornburg Center for Space Exploration and Água-Marinha, Ltd.
Holodeck (fiction): An empty room that can become anything through the use of a specialized computer system.
Educational Holodeck (real): An almost empty room that can become almost anything through the use of a specialized computer system.
For too many children, school is disliked. This has nothing to do with today's generation – school has always been a problem for too many learners. Even paintings of school from the Middle Ages show students sleeping in class as the teacher drones on. Part of the problem comes from the physical structure of classrooms with the teachers facing the front of the room with the teacher being the performer on stage. This is especially true in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
This presentation describes a project that breaks this mold, engages students, advances their curricular knowledge, and does all this in a new environment called the Educational Holodeck.
The “Holodeck” of science fiction fame has now been made real. With special computer installations, this “empty white room” can be transformed into a space ship – or a time machine – or a microscopic vessel taking students through the human body – or become just about anything else you can imagine. During the student-controlled voyage, they encounter challenges that have to be addressed – challenges that reflect those that might present themselves during a real voyage!
The Holodeck becomes a theater without audiences – a fully immersive and interactive space where learning is supported in new ways. It is an example of an "epistemic game," in that participants are engaged in the content, skills, identity, values and thinking styles of people working in the topic area of the mission.
This presentation shows the problems with normal classrooms, describes the Educational Holodeck, places it in the context of modern educational theory, and illustrates all of this with information about the first one in the world built in Recife, Brazil. We also demonstrate part of a voyage students might take, and connect the mission to existing curricular areas.
Topic...................... SRadical school change using technology in new ways
Audience................ Educational leaders and middle-school and high-school teachers
Duration................. 1 hour to multi-day workshop
Dr. Thornburg will gladly tailor any presentation to your specific needs
David Thornburg has been leading what is next in STEM educaion for 30 years. He is a Xerox PARC Researcher who has dedicated his life to teaching teachers about technology integration in K-12 ed. He is a pioneer and visionary doing work that matters everyday inside the classroom with children in Recife, Brazil and franchising his innovation to US and vice-a-vera.
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