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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 Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03: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, Solid Earth, Energy/Material cycles
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze model behavior, Illustrating concepts and ideas
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Curriculum Description

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03: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, Climate, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Solid Earth:Structural Geology:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data, Illustrating concepts and ideas
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 Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03: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: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry, Biosphere, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions
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 Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03: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: Activities:Problem Set, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Lab Activity, Project