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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 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
Christine A. Massey Perkins Geology Museum--University of Vermont - The Landscape Change Project works with middle and high school students to archive physical landscape change in Vermont. Students work with ...

Topics: Earth surface, Time/Earth History
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Project, Lab Activity, Classroom 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

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
Mary Jo Alfano American Geological Institute - EarthInquiry is 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, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Earth surface
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
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
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
Karl Wirth Macalester College - The Petrology course at Macalester College is designed around a semester-long project. All laboratory and classroom activities within the course are directed toward understanding and ...

Topics: Earth surface, Solid Earth
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data, Analyze model behavior, Collect and interpret data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Project, 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
Linda Lee Davis Washington and Lee University - The project forces the students to evaluate a geochemical data base, to draw inferences from the data that they plot in various ways, and then to make inferences ...

Topics: Solid Earth, Earth surface
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project, 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
Thomas W. Oesleby Northwest College - Students learn to use a geologic compass to measure rock fractures and formulate a hypothesis to explain the origin of the fractures -

Topics: Solid Earth, Earth surface
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Lab Activity, Project