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Resource of Interest

Project BudBurst: A National Phenology Network Field Campaign
Project BudBurst invites citizen scientists to join in a field campaign to collect important data on the timing of leafing and flowering of trees and flowers in your area. This national field campaign targets native tree and flower species across the country. By recording the timing of the leafing and flowering of native species each year, scientists can learn about the prevailing climatic characteristics in a region over time. With your help, valuable environmental information will be compiled for comparison to historical records, to illustrate the effects of climate change. The Project BudBurst website offers a " For Teachers" page with activity guides and teaching resources. The " For Students" page includes the project data collection sheet, activity guide, and games. The campaign runs through June 15, 2007.


Professional development opportunities

NSTA Web Seminars are 90-minute, live professional development experiences that use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA partners such as NASA, NOAA, FDA, and the NSDL. The 2007 series of free Web Seminars continues with such topics as: the Moon, the ocean's role in weather and climate, living and working in space, force and motion, energy, and the International Polar Year. Learn more about the features of the Web Seminar and read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.

Schedule of upcoming seminars and links to registration:

Remote Sensing Applications in the Geosciences
The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison (UWM) is hosting a workshop, July 10-11, 2007, intended to equip science teachers with the knowledge and skills to utilize data and teach remote sensing applications in four geoscience topics: meteorology, oceanography, geology and climate change. Events include presentations by satellite remote sensing experts and hands-on activities for participants to identify cloud types, weather phenomena, ocean currents and geological features. The workshop will culminate with a climate change session that highlights remote sensing applications and Earth system science. One graduate level credit in science is available from the UWM Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department through the Continuing Studies program. Educators taking the course for credit are required to develop and submit a lesson plan that will be made available for use by other teachers. To register download an application form and mail it in by May 25, 2007; registration fee is $20.


DLESE Collections News

Four new collections were recently accessioned into dlese.org.

Pedagogically Annotated Collection
The collection creates links between Earth system resources and related pedagogical resources. The pedagogical resources focus on misconceptions or preconceptions commonly encountered while teaching an Earth system topic; skills needed for completing an Earth system activity; and assessment techniques appropriate for the Earth system resource.

ESS Informal Education Network
The Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN) is dedicated to improving Earth system literacy through increased communication and collaboration among providers of informal Earth system education. The collection is designed for museum professionals (educators, exhibits designers, developers) as a resource of ideas, tools, traveling exhibits and online materials. The resources are web portals to organizations providing substantial informal Earth system science education. They describe educational programming, resources and exhibits that are pertinent to an informal educator.

Data for the Classroom
The Data for the Classroom collection gathers datasets that have accompanying instructional materials or other pertinent information for using the dataset in a classroom setting for grades K-16. The data may be numerical, visual, maps, charts, tables or images. The data may be observational, remotely sensed or model data. The primary component is that there are materials supporting the use and understanding of the data either by educators or directly by students.

SIMPLE Science
The Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science) collection offers resources for middle school that emphasize image processing and analysis techniques while at the same time meeting educational standards. The collection features tutorials that guide students through case studies replicating research conducted by leading imaging scientists and explains key concepts in imaging science. The Earth science topics covered by the case studies are: snow and ice, hurricanes, the ozone hole and planet size.


AAAS Project 2061 : Volume 2 of the Atlas of Science Literacy published

Four new collections were recently accessioned into dlese.org.

AAAS Project 2061: Volume 2 of the Atlas of Science Literacy published

As K-12 teachers prepare to help students meet new science-learning requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act this fall, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Project 2061 and the National Science Teachers Association joined forces to release the long-awaited Volume 2 of Project 2061's popular Atlas of Science Literacy . Maps in the two-volume Atlas of Science Literacy offer teachers a grade-by-grade guide to science learning from kindergarten through 12th grade. Atlas maps show the interconnected ideas and skills that are essential for building students' understanding of important science, mathematics, and technology topics such as weather and climate, computation and estimation, health technology, and reasoning. To learn more about Atlas volume 2, visit the Project 2061 web site.

The Strand Map visualizations published in Volume 1 of the Atlas are accessible by National Science Digital Library (NSDL) users via the NSDL.org conceptual browsing interface released March 2007, available at http://strandmaps.nsdl.org. This interface is designed to support curriculum developers, teacher professional development trainers, and teachers by contextualizing NSDL resources with science learning goals.


2007 NSDL Annual Meeting: Advancing NSDL Networks

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is presenting its 2007 annual meeting, with the theme "Advancing NSDL Networks", November 6-8 in Arlington , Virginia . This year's theme reflects that from its inception, one of the many proof-of-concept ideas pursued during NSDL's development was the highly distributed effort of creating not just a digital library, but also the social and organizational structures that enable the library to meet the needs of various stakeholders. The concept has become a reality as partnerships have solidified into a network within NSDL and between NSDL and other organizations. NSDL's Planning Committee is inviting proposals that address all aspects and nuances of technical and social networks, demonstrate projects' achievements, and highlight new ways networks advance and serve NSDL and iovember 6-8 in Arlington , Virginia . This year's theme reflects that from its inception, one of the many proof-of-concept ideas pursued during NSDL's development was the highly distributed effort of creating not just a digital library, but also the social and organizational structures that enable the library to meet the needs of various stakeholders. The concept has become a reality as partnerships have solidified into a network within NSDL and between NSDL and other organizations. NSDL's Planning Committee is inviting proposals that address all aspects and nuances of technical and social networks, demonstrate projects' achievements, and highlight new ways networks advance and serve NSDL and its many audiences. Proposals are being solicited for 30-, 60-, or 90-minute presentations, 5-minute 'lightning talks', and posters.

The proposal submission deadline is May 4, 2007.

Check the Annual Meeting website for a complete list of deadlines.
Call for Proposals: http://nsdl.comm.nsdl.org/registration/?pager=228
Proposal FAQ: http://nsdl.comm.nsdl.org/registration/?pager=233
Call for Reviewers: http://nsdl.comm.nsdl.org/registration/call_for_reviewers/
Annual Meeting website: http://nsdl.comm.nsdl.org/

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Editor: Mary Beth Reece
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Published April, 2007

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