DLESE now offers a new Teaching Tips service for sharing insights about using a library resource. Whether you are seeking background knowledge for yourself, or tips on using a resource in a classroom like yours, you can read comments by other users about a library resource. If you have experience with a particular DLESE resource, you can add value to it for other educators and learners by sharing your experience with it.
Anyone can submit a tip. If you see a resource you've used listed in a set of DLESE search results and would like to share your experience using it, click on the Submit a teaching tip link. Fill out the text box with your comments and continue to the second page to complete the remaining few questions and submit. It takes about one minute, depending on how much you'd like to say. If you have a little more time, and would like to offer a more structured review of the resource, we encourage you to submit a review. If a resource is currently open for such a review it will display a link that says Submit a review next to the title of the resource in a search results list:
If teaching tips or other annotations exist for a resource, you can read them by clicking the See reviews, teaching tips, related resources link in the description of the resource. The Teaching Tips service is part of the DLESE Community Review System, based at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The submission form asks for the identity of Teaching Tips providers to discourage irresponsible comments, and so that we can contact you if questions arise. You can choose whether your tip should be posted anonymously or whether it should credit you as the author. We hope you find Teaching Tips a valuable service!
The Geological Society of America and DLESE are working together to publish and disseminate teacher-authored Earth science lesson plans. Lesson plans are submitted to GSA, reviewed by Education staff, and posted to the GSA K-12 Teacher Resource area, in PDF file format. The lesson plans are then submitted to the DLESE Community Collection. In this way resources are available to other teachers via both the GSA website and DLESE. A lesson plan template ensures that the necessary implementation information for teachers and cataloging information for DLESE are provided. This initial collaboratory effort can serve as a prototype to support individual community members in contributing their work to DLESE with little technical overhead. Examples include Real Evidence of a Subducting Plate and Layers of the Atmosphere. To submit your lesson plan contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Data Access Working Group (DAWG) provides guidance for incorporating Earth system data into DLESE. At their recent meeting in November, DAWG members developed strategies for improving data access and use for educational content and for facilitating the integration of disparate data sets. Input from teachers regarding use of data in classroom settings, at all levels, is greatly encouraged. Anyone interested in participating in DAWG discussions may join the DAWG email list by going to Find/Join a Group on the DLESE website, selecting Data Access Working Group from the drop-down menu, and then selecting the Subscribe/Unsubscribe link. For more information about the DAWG goals and activities, visit the DAWG website or contact DAWG Chair, Bruce Caron.
LuAnn Dahlman (right) of TERC and DLESE Data Services, Bryan Aivazian of DLESE Community Services, and Eileen McIlvain (left) of the DLESE Program Center enjoyed spreading the word about DLESE to over 200 teachers who visited the DLESE exhibit booth at the recent National Science Teachers Assocation (NSTA) Western Area convention, in Reno, December 4-6. The Reno meeting offered the opportunity to employ the new DLESE exhibit booth for the first time.
If you will be attending the national NSTA convention in Atlanta in April 2004 and you would be interested in helping to staff the DLESE booth, please contact Hildy Kane, DLESE Program Center, 303-497-2656 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking about submiting a proposal to work with DLESE? Check out the DLESE Developers' Workshop report. It provides details on building library collections, and integrating data and other serivces into the library. The 2003 Developers' Workshop, sponsored by the Geosciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation, brought together technical representatives from a number of DLESE-related efforts. One of the goals of the workshop was to identify future needs and areas for development, and the workshop report documents and prioritizes those needs. Key recommendations from the workshop are available in the final report. A second Developers' Workshop will occur in 2004—check What's New at DLESE and this newsletter for future announcements.
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