The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season has been the most active on record and Katrina was among the strongest and most destructive hurricanes to ever strike the U.S. This hurricane season continues to cause upheaval in the southeastern Atlantic coast and Gulf Coast areas—Tropical Storm Rita strengthened to Category 2 status as it hit the Florida Keys and has the potential to move to Category 3 as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico. The Tropical Prediction Center of the National Hurricane Center offers updated information on both developing and past storms, forecast tracks, and information about hurricanes and hurricane preparedness. Middle school students can learn about hurricane science and safety with the Hurricane Strike! module, while more advanced students can utilize the multimedia technology of the online meteorology guide Hurricanes. One of DLESE's collections—the NASA Scientific Visualization Studio—offers data, images and animations from previous storms. A collection of links to visualizations of hurricanes is available from the Teaching Geoscience with Visualizations web site of the On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program. NOVA Science Now offers an informative 11-minute video about hurricanes and New Orleans that first aired in January 2005. Updates on Katrina recovery by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium are posted on the DLESE website, with links to several other sites that have posted bulletin boards and recovery information. ( )
Even though the 2005-2006 school year is just beginning, it's never too early to think about professional development opportunities for next summer that can advance your skills and add depth to your teaching. Earthworks is a free one-week workshop for secondary science teachers from throughout the nation. The 2006 workshop takes place from June 24 - June 30. Participants design and conduct a field-based interdisciplinary study with the assistance of Earth scientists. The workshop provides an introduction to Earth system science (ESS) in a learner-centered, supported atmosphere that helps teachers develop a fuller understanding of ESS. Conducted yearly by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES), the workshop takes place at the Cal-Wood Environmental Education Center in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Application deadline is April 14, 2006. Find out more...
Other Classroom opportunity:
The DLESE Community Review System (CRS) (crs.dlese.org) is now offering an Instructor’s Individualized Report Service for educators based on reviews of DLESE resources by students in that educator’s own class. Students complete CRS reviews of DLESE resources and indicate their class affiliation by a group identifier. The CRS aggregates the reviews from that group, and prepares an individualized report for the instructor at the end of the unit or semester. Two formats of the report are available:
For teachers of Earth & environmental science, the report is designed to reveal how well each DLESE resource is working for the students in that class. The teacher selects DLESE resources for use by his/her students and asks them to review the resource. The report presents a bar graph of all students’ rankings of the resource, followed by students’ comments about that aspect of the resource. Reports also are sent to the authors of the resources.
For teachers of science education, the report is designed to reveal how insightfully students can reflect on their thought processes as learners, and how well they can evaluate a digital learning resource. In this case, students make their own selection of resources to review. In these reports, each student’s name is followed by a compilation of their scores and comments on each aspect of the learning process, for each of the resources they reviewed.
With the close of the funding year, the DLESE Core Services and DLESE Project Office have submitted their annual reports to the National Science Foundation. Summaries have been posted to the web to keep the community abreast of our activities. Work plans for the final year of DLESE funding have been posted at these same locations. The final year work statements reflect significant changes for some groups as we implement some new efforts such as the peer review of the library resources, continue our work in integrating data and data-rich resources in the library, while wrapping up some other activities in evaluation and community outreach. ()
DLESE Community Services:
The Digital Water Education Library (DWEL) continues to seek persons with expertise in these topical areas to help complete the collection of high quality K-12 water resources: oceans, water in the atmosphere, groundwater, surface water, water in space, water quality, water and life, water use, water policy, or the cryosphere. Participants will provide a preliminary review of the resources in a particular theme in the existing DWEL collection and provide URLs and grade level information for resources that are of high quality and warrant inclusion in the collection. Honoraria are available for the prospective work. Find out more. ( )
There are a number of opportunities for learning about DLESE at several fall conferences:
A variety of special sessions at both GSA and AGU are of interest to DLESE community members—check DLESE News & Opportunities/Call for Participation for more information on available special sessions.