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The importance of quantitative skills in earth science education is the primary subject addressed by this website. This website is not a quantitative course, however this document does provide numerous useful techniques that can be employed in a variety of other coursework to advance the quantitative skills of the student. The first section of this website presents a checklist that can be used to ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology, Mathematics
 
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Problem-based learning is an educational approach that organizes curriculum and instruction around carefully crafted "ill-structured" problems. Students gather and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines in their quest for solutions. Guided by teachers acting as cognitive coaches, they develop critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative skills as they identify problems, formulate hypotheses, ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Tutorial, Report
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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The Visual Geophysical Exploration Environment (VGEE) is a software tool that is specially designed to help learners visualize complex, multi-dimensional geophysical phenomena and connect those visualizations to fundamental physical principles. The tool works with actual data sets of The El Nino Southern Oscillation. An additional data set of mantle convection will be available in the future. The ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit, Modeled dataset, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Educational theory and practice, Physical oceanography
 
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This classroom activity allows students to use water surface temperature, bathymetric data and weather data to look at trends in the water temperature of the Great Lakes. The exercise asks students to make predictions, and then use the data to answer questions. The site contains everything that is needed for the exercise, including student handouts, maps, links to data sources, and background information ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Imagery - remotely sensed, In-situ dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Climatology, Hydrology
 
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Project CLEA (Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy) develops laboratory exercises that illustrate modern astronomical techniques using digital data and color images. They are suitable for high school and college classes at all levels. Each laboratory exercise includes a dedicated computer program, a student manual, and a technical guide for the instructor. This website is designed primarily ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor, Software
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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The goal of the Nebraska Earth Science Education Network is to improve linkages between K-12 educators and earth science resources. This website contains many useful features for students and educators alike. A large array of teaching material can be found under the lessons link. Lesson plans, activities, projects and instructor guides are organized by subject matter and grade level. There are also ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Curriculum, Guide for instructor, Project, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Climatology, Environmental science, Geology, Hydrology, Policy issues, Soil science
 
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The emerging field of biocomplexity provides a multidisciplinary approach to looking at complex, interrelated systems. Biological, geological, chemical, physical and human elements are all part of biocomplexity. This web site contains links to internet resources grouped by topics within biocomplexity, as well as listserv discussion groups. The site also includes information about the 2003 NAGT workshop ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Clearinghouse, Email lists
Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Climatology, Ecology, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science, Human geography, Geology
 
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This site provides information on the geology in and around the national parks. Sections of the web site are devoted to programs about disturbed lands restoration, mineral and resource management, and geology and soils. A collection of educational activities and teacher resources encourage teaching science using the national parks as examples. The web site also includes a park geology tour that allows ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for field trip, Guide for instructor, Lesson plan, Ref. material, Government portal
Subject: Ecology, Environmental science, Geology, Paleontology, Policy issues, Soil science
 
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The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) is a free on-line science learning environment for students in grades 4-12. In WISE, students work on exciting inquiry projects on topics such as genetically modified foods, earthquake prediction, and the deformed frogs mystery. Students learn about and respond to contemporary scientific controversies through designing, debating, and critiquing solutions, ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit, Project, Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Visualization - scientific, Discussion / Forum
Subject: Agricultural science, Biology, Chemistry, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science, Geology, Natural hazards, Physics
 
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