Shia Talks About Teaching Methods

Wheeling Rotary Club members on Tuesday learned about new teaching methods and programs being used at the Challenger Learning Center that embrace Internet technology.

Jackie Shia, director of the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University, said the center plans to hold a workshop to instruct teachers on how to use a flipped classroom. This involves more hands-on work at school, such as doing homework inside the classroom, while students listen to a recorded lecture on their own time.

The workshop is slated from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Challenger Learning Center at WJU. There is a cost to attend.

If a student does not have Internet access at home to listen to the teacher’s lecture, they can see it at the library, at school at lunchtime or set up a time to view it before class at school. She said students can even use some game systems to access the lecture on the Internet.

The flipped classroom workshop is part of the center’s ongoing e-TechTeach programs.

“Everybody wants to know what we’re doing in Wheeling, W.Va.,” she added.

Meanwhile, the center continues to offer simulated space missions via its Mission Control room. She said all seventh-graders in the Ohio County Schools system attend the program.

“We have some unbelievable hands-on programs,” Shia said.

Another newer program for children in grades K-3 is called Micronauts. Children learn about germs, scents, nutrition and more at stations in a colorful, hands-on room. The center also offers e-labs and e-Missions.

Shia said the youth programs are all geared toward stimulating the imagination.

“We need to grow our own engineers. We need to get kids excited about science,” she said.