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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
Bob Bauer, University of Missouri - Students and faculty participate in an integrated effort to characterize hydrologic relationships using hydrologic, geologic & geophysical data -

Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water, Solid Earth:Geophysics, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Groundwater:Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface, Unsaturated zone/recharge
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Lab Activity, Project, Field 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
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
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, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere, Biosphere
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data, Collect and interpret data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity, Lab Activity, Classroom Activity, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities

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
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, Earth surface, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
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 Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Tim Lutz West Chester University - Individual students analyze on-line USGS streamflow data; each student's results form the basis of a collaborative investigation of larger-scale issues by the entire class. -

Topics: Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Analyze published data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Classroom 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

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
Carey Gazis Central Washington University - We are using data acquired with an ICP-MS to teach students about water chemistry at a variety of levels, ranging from high school students to upper level college ...

Topics: Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Geochemical Analysis, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry
Use: Enabling Student Investigation:Collect and interpret data
Inquiry Level: Guided Inquiry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Datasets and Tools:Datasets with Teaching Activities, Activities:Project