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Examples of Using Data to Teach Earth Processes

This collection contains examples contributed by scientists and faculty of ways in which exploring or collecting data can be used to engage students in learning geoscience. Each example includes a description of the activity, its learning goals, the context in which it is used, information on the needed data, tools, and activities and suggestions for evaluation.

The initial collection was created in collaboration with the Geological Society of America where the examples were given in a poster session "Using Data to Teach Earth Processes: An Illustrated Community Discussion" .

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Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Activities
Stephen K. Boss University of Arkansas - Hands-on, inquiry-based activities utilizing Internet data resources and state-of-the-art computer animation programs available on desk-top/laptop computers. Animations are ...

Topics: Earth surface, Energy/Material cycles, Solid Earth
Use: Illustrating concepts and ideas, Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze model behavior
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Curriculum Description

Using an M&M® Magma Chamber to Illustrate Magmatic Differentiation part of Activities
submitted by Karl Wirth, Macalester College The M&M® magma chamber exercise was developed to provide students first-hand experience with the process of magmatic differentiation by fractional crystallization ...

Use: Illustrating concepts and ideas
Inquiry Level: Step-By-Step Instruction
Resource Type: Activities: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Activities
Eric B. Grosfils Pomona College - This activity requires students to process, interpret and integrate a wide variety of remote sensing and other data as they investigate a complex, open-ended research question. It ...

Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Biosphere, Earth surface
Use: Illustrating concepts and ideas, Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data
Inquiry Level: Open-Ended Exploration
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Writing Assignment, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Project

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Activities
Dan E. Olson/Tina Johnson Edgewood College / UW-Madison - Semester long research projects as a partial substitute for traditional laboratory exercises have been implemented in two, two-semester long Introductory ...

Topics: Solid Earth:Structural Geology:Geophysics and Structural Geology/Earthquakes/Seismic Reflection Profiling, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Climate, Solid Earth:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity
Use: Illustrating concepts and ideas, Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Activities
Rachel O'Brien Department of Geology, Allegheny College - This is a first-year college course on water and N cycling that involves four active-learning projects utilizing datasets collected by the students ...

Topics: Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions, Biosphere, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data, Illustrating concepts and ideas
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Activities
John Van Hoesen Green Mountain College - This laboratory exercise helps student bridge the gap between fieldwork, data collection, visualization, and interpretation of the data. Using a combination of surveying ...

Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water, Earth surface
Use: Illustrating concepts and ideas, Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Activities
Robert Ridky U.S. Geological Survey - This is one activity in a series of web-based modules that encourages introductory college students to use the abundant real-time and archived geoscience data available ...

Topics: Solid Earth:Structural Geology:Geophysics and Structural Geology/Earthquakes/Seismic Reflection Profiling
Use: Illustrating concepts and ideas, Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Project, Lab Activity, Problem Set

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Activities
Jim Roark NASA GSFC SSAI - We are using topography data of Earth and Mars to produce accurate 3-dimensional plastic models of comparable large scale geologic surface features from both planets. These models will be ...

Topics: Solar system, Earth surface
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data, Illustrating concepts and ideas
Inquiry Level: Step-By-Step Instruction
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Lab Activity

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Activities
Christian P. Sarason Ocean Inquiry Project - We assessed the efficacy of learning about Puget Sound using a 3D virtual world visualization(Virtual Puget Sound) with students and compared their learning to students ...

Topics: Ocean:Physical Oceanography
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze model behavior, Illustrating concepts and ideas, Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Activities
Kara Salazar Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Earth and Environmental Science - The Lilly ARBOR Project is an urban riparian restoration project designed for use as an outdoor ...

Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry, Biosphere, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data, Illustrating concepts and ideas
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities

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