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

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:Regional Structural/Tectonic Activity, Geophysics and Structural Geology/Earthquakes/Seismic Reflection Profiling, Climate, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere
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: Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry, Biosphere
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
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: Earth surface, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water
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 Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03: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 Management and Policy, Water Quality/Chemistry, Biosphere
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data, Illustrating concepts and ideas
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Field Activity