Frequently Asked Questions

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 1. What is JASON? about jason

  Watch this short video to learn how JASON inspires students and teachers and makes an impact in the classroom every day.    

 

2. Why did AASA and JASON form this partnership?   

    Among JASON’s central ideologies is that all students are explorers and should be afforded the opportunity to access high-quality, exciting STEM curricula. AASA is helping to make this possible, contributing to nation-wide distribution of JASON at an easily affordable rate.
 
  3. What does the partnership between JASON and AASA mean for me?  
    As a result of this partnership, access to JASON Learning’s online platform is available to AASA members at the discounted rate of only $6 per student license.  
 
 4. Is there a minimum registration requirement to receive the AASA discount?
    Districts are encouraged to pilot JASON to a minimum of 1,000 students. In smaller districts, an entire school, or district grade-band will also be acceptable.  
 
 5. Why is the organization called JASON?
    The JASON Project gets its name from the Greek myth of the Argonauts, a group of adventurers who traveled with a hero named Jason to explore the far reaches of the ancient world in a ship called the Argo. Dr. Robert Ballard, founder of the organization and a modern-day "Jason," gave the organization its name when he dreamed of creating an educational program to spark the imaginations of students with real-life science. The JASON Project taps into the Argonauts’ spirit of adventure to engage today’s learners with great explorers and great events that expand our knowledge of the world in the 21st century.   
 
 6. Does JASON partner with educational or government organizations?  
    JASON has a long history of collaboration with NOAA, NASA, the U.S. Departments of Education and Energy, National Geographic Society as well as prominent foundations and philanthropies.  
 
 7. How many students and teachers has JASON reached?
    Over JASON’s 20-year history, we have had more than 12 million students and teachers participate in JASON through the online curricula, print curricula, broadcasts and the Internet.   
 

 8. How and when was JASON established? 

    The JASON Project was founded by Dr. Robert Ballard, the scientist and oceanographer who, in 1986, discovered the wreck of the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Ballard’s breakthrough development of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) enabled scientists located far from a research site to remotely observe and record scientific phenomena otherwise inaccessible to them. Impressed by the many requests he received from students who wanted to learn more about his Titanic expedition, Dr. Ballard began to explore ways to bring the excitement of real scientific discovery into the classroom. In 1989, he established The JASON Project, a pioneering organization that uses multimedia tools and cutting-edge technology to engage students in scientific research and expeditions led by leading scientists.    
 
9. Do JASON materials align to national model standards and state curriculum requirements?
    Yes. Our curricula and educational resources are aligned to national and state standards. The alignments can be browsed and custom resource sets created by using our interactive standards tool in the JASON Mission Center.    
 
10. Is JASON only appropriate for middle school?
    No. While the majority of standard alignments fall between grades k-12, there is a significant amount of content for both elementary and high-school. JASON has had success as a credit-recovery program in high-school, as well as for gifted elementary students.   
 
11. We are looking for content for students who are disassociated and need alternative types of learning. Can JASON be used as a support for special education and to engage kids who struggle with motivation?
    Absolutely! JASON has shown strong efficacy in closing the achievement gap for students performing below grade level.    
 

12. Does JASON work for ELL learners?

    JASON has shown tremendous efficacy for ELL learners. By complimenting traditional text-based learning with equal parts of multi-media activities such as games, videos and hands-on labs, students are able to gain a deep understanding of content without being held back by limitations of their English proficiency.    
 
13. Does JASON only teach science?
    JASON prides itself on a cross-disciplinary approach, focusing on STEM literacy as a means to teach science while developing other competencies as well. While all JASON lessons are currently written for the sciences, mathematical connections are regularly drawn throughout the text to reinforce concepts being taught in grade-level math classes. While it would not replace a traditional math curriculum, JASON effectively provides real-world application for mathematical concepts. JASON also is formatted to increase literacy, reading more like a magazine than a text-book.    
 
14. Is this only for high achieving districts? Does this work in urban rural & suburban districts?
    JASON content has been successful with demographics from all ends of the achievement spectrum. This powerfully engaging curriculum motivates students of all levels with content that is rigorous enough to challenge the highest achieving districts.    
 
15. What will my educators gain from JASON professional development?
    Participating districts may purchase PD on a per day basis. These sessions are coordinated to explore one JASON unit, as well as give an overview of the program and methodology. Each session will provide teachers with thorough content knowledge to teach an entire unit, as well as the competency with JASON to teach any other units they are comfortable with.    
 
16. Will your trainers come into my district?
    Yes. JASON trainings are held on-site for as many as 25 educators at once. All costs are included in the fee. We also offer an annual National Conference, held in Ashburn, Va. This provides several days of content training, as well as a series of other events to improve teacher efficacy in STEM fields.   
 
17. What types of technology is needed to access the web information provided. Will we be excluded if we do not have a certain type of technology?
    All content is available online through any operating system. JASON is tablet-friendly, with the exception of several of our more complex digital games. All written content, including readings, work-sheets, labs and evaluations are in PDF format, and can be printed at the click of a button.
    The minimum system requirements are a computer running Windows XP or higher or a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Linux and other systems will also work well usually, but we do not test as heavily on other platforms. The computer must have at least 1 GB of RAM and 15 MB free hard-drive space; a connection to the Internet; and either Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Chrome 10 or higher, Firefox 12 or higher, or Safari 4 or higher. Cookies and JavaScript must both be enabled in your browser. Screen resolution should be set to 1024 x 768 or better. The most recent versions of the free Adobe Flash Player, Quicktime Player, and Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-ins are recommended for the best experience.    
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    General Inquiries - contact us at info@jason.org or call us at 888-527-6600 FREE (703-822-7238 outside the continental U.S.).
    The AASA-JASON Learning STEM partnership - contact: Mort Sherman, AASA, Associate Executive Director, Leadership Network, at msherman@aasa.org /703-875-0726 or Eleanor Smalley, JASON Learning, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, at esmalley@jason.org / 703-822-7238.