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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
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
Paul K Grogger, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - Students need to understand the four spheres of the earth and how they relate to one another. This project uses a combination of Internet investigations ...

Topics: Earth surface, Biosphere, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data, Analyze published data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Classroom Activity, Field Activity, Lab Activity