Earth Science Week 2004 takes place October 10-16. Sponsored by the American Geological Institute (AGI), this year’s theme is Living on a Restless Earth, focusing on the natural hazards that take place on our planet and the geoscientists who study such events, helping the public to understand their causes, and how to minimize their effects. Classroom activities, a newsletter, and links to monitoring and information on earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, drought, fires, etc. are available that are valuable resources to teachers and students throughout the school year.
ESW activities can help teachers and students focus in the classroom on current Earth events such as the recent Mount St. Helens activity. The Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam provides static images of the volcano as viewed from the Johnston Ridge Observatory. The U.S. Geological Survey maintains a site with updates and current activity at USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory where links to news and current activity can also be found, and the University of Washington Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network provides additional information.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is offering a conference on science and literacy for PreK-8 teachers, principals, and administrators on November 17, one day preceding and in conjunction with the NSTA Northwestern Area convention in Seattle, Washington (November 18 - 20, 2004). Here is an opportunitiy to learn about current research in science teaching and literacy, teacher professional development, and impacts on science learning. The conference will focus especially on the needs of currently underrepresented and underachieving students. The daylong event will feature several related National Science Foundation–funded initiatives, will feature plenary sessions and small group workshops targeted to specific audiences (primary teachers, principals, science supervisors, et al.). Workshops will cover specific aspects of linking science and literacy, e.g. criteria for selecting appropriate science literature, roles of writing in the teaching and learning of science, creating a school culture that supports integrating literacy and science, strategies for helping second-language learners, and student science learning in a literature-rich environment. Teachers registering for the Conference are required to also register for the Seattle Area Convention. School teams of three or more (including at least one principal) will receive a 20% discount on each Conference registration fee. See the website for complete details and registration information. Registration closes on November 1, 2004.
"Is DLESE going to be at......?" is a question often heard in relation to a variety of community meetings and events. DLESE's outreach continues to expand, and there's a good deal of DLESE-related activity from October - December. If you will be attending any one of these conferences, seek out the DLESE booth or plan on attending the DLESE event! If you would like to volunteer an hour or two of time in staffing the DLESE booth at any event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying the event and your availability.
Are you interested in attending a DLESE Collections workshop? The DLESE Program Center is soliciting community interest in attending a proposed collection-building workshop to be held in late Winter/early Spring of 2005 (specific date yet to be determined). The workshop would take place over three days, mid-week. This workshop would provide all necessary information on the processes and policies that guide collection development and accessioning into DLESE. Topics include:
The workshop provides all relevant documents and information, opportunities for small group activities, as well as one-on-one technical advice. If you have an interest in attending this proposed workshop (at your own expense), please email email@example.com. Thank you!
Are you building a collection of Earth system materials that you would like to make available via DLESE? Have questions about the process of submitting a collection, and the technical requirements? Several community email lists exist for those involved in resource or collection building that conduct ongoing discussions, air issues, and answer questions. The Collections email list (firstname.lastname@example.org) is used by the Collections Standing Committee to solicit input from the community and to communicate policy updates. Collection builders are encouraged to subscribe to this list to stay up to date on current policies and procedures for collection development and accessioning into DLESE and to provide input on collection-related matters. This list is also used to solicit input on collection development and cataloging/management tools.
The purpose of the Metadata email list (email@example.com) is to solicit input from and provide information to the community on metadata frameworks, controlled vocabularies, and metadata cataloging best practices. Collection builders and catalogers are encouraged to subscribe to this list to stay up to date on current cataloging practices, technical requirements for sharing collections with DLESE and their redistribution to NSDL, and to provide input on metadata and vocabulary development issues. The Metadata list welcomes those interested in making DLESE resources well-documented for efficient and effective searching and retrieval.
For questions specifically related to their individual collections, collection builders are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions and requests made to this email list are answered by DLESE collection and metadata specialists. Use this list for one-on-one support for cataloging and collection issues. If these questions and/or the answers to them are deemed to be of interest to the broader community, they will be redistributed via the Collections email list (with the permission of the requester).
To join an email list: From any DLESE web page, select the People and Groups navigation button at the top of any page, select Find/Join a Group from the drop-down menu, select the Subscribe/Unsubscribe link, and follow the instructions provided. A description of each list, access to its archives, and contact information for each list is available by selecting an email list name from the drop-down, then selecting the appropriate radio button.
Have you used DLESE in your classroom, at a conference, or at an informal education venue, and have an interesting story to share? Consider contributing your story to DLESE. These scenarios will inform the community of the full breadth of DLESE use and may also be used to complement annual reports to sponsors, or in articles about DLESE. Help us tell the DLESE story! Send to email@example.com with a subject line: DLESE use story. (All submissions are subject to editorial approval).