NASA Earth and Space Science Education Product Review
Guidelines

IGES has developed the following guidelines to help education product developers design outstanding education materials.

A. The Path to Excellence … Avoiding Common Pitfalls
B. Prior to Developing a NASA Education Product
C. Prior to the Review – General, Logos/Insignias, Electronic Resources, Pilot Testing
D. Pedagogy – Standards, Reading Level, Education Level
E. Entering the SMD Education Product Review – Call for Products, Product Submission Form

 

A. THE PATH TO EXCELLENCE … AVOIDING COMMON PITFALLS
The following is a list of some of the most common areas in which products that don’t pass the review have needed improvement.  While this list is not exhaustive, we strongly believe that if you address all of these items, you will have developed an outstanding NASA education product.

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B. PRIOR TO DEVELOPING A NASA EDUCATION PRODUCT

 

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C. PRIOR TO THE REVIEW

 

 

Logos/Insignias: The only permissible NASA logo to use is the official NASA "meatball" insignia. Education products printed by NASA should include the NASA "meatball" insignia, as well as the NASA publication number and education product reference box. Guidelines for proper use of the NASA logo can be found in the in Visual Standards for NASA Communications Products, which is available at http://communications.hq.nasa.gov.  This site is only accessible within NASA.

 

Electronic Resources (Web, Video, CD, DVD, Software)

 

Pilot Testing

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D. PEDAGOGY
Most products submitted to the SMD review contain very good resources and great content. However, most still do not incorporate learning styles that are in tune with the national education standards and systemic change efforts. While some teachers will take this content and incorporate the material into an investigative, student-centered teaching/learning style, developers should build this kind of strategy into their education products. Many still use multiple choice and programmed learning styles; to do well in the review, developers need to incorporate activities that provide intuitive problem-solving opportunities.

 

Standards

Reading Level

 

Education Level

 

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E. ENTERING THE SMD EDUCATION PRODUCT REVIEW

 

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