Using Earth Data in a Large General Education Oceanography Class
William Prothero Univ of Calif Santa Barbara
This is a set of activities and an approach to using data in a large general education oceanography class.
GSA Poster (Acrobat (PDF) 590kB Oct31 03)
Higher Order Thinking Skills:
Presenting/Communicating ideas to others
Simple math skills
Computer use for web browsing and online software
undergraduate entry level
a general high school education
Role of Activity in a Course:
This applies to an entire course
Data, Tools and Logistics
EarthEd Online software is required, although the essential data browsers: "Our Dynamic Planet", "Global Ocean Data Viewer", "Fishbanks" will work in a standalone mode. General computer literacy is required.
Installing the software in a computer lab.
Showing students how to use the software.
Students write a science paper. I would like to know if they can use the elevation, quake, volcano, and other data to argue in support of the theory of plate tectonics.
I and Prof. Greg Kelly, of the UCSB Graduate School of Education are studying student writing and using the results to improve the scaffolding of activities, grading rubric, and other activities. For example I am using "Quickwrites" to give students an early taste of what it means to construct a scientific argument.
This is an entire oceanography class.