Tools and Data
My World GIShttp://www.myworldgis.org/
My World GIS™ is a Geographic Information System (GIS) designed specifically for use in middle school through college classrooms. It was developed by the Geographic Data in Education (GEODE) Initiative at Northwestern University as part of a research program on the adaptation of scientific visualization and data analysis tools to support inquiry-based learning. My World GIS gives learners access to a variety of geographic data, enabling users to explore critical issues about the environment, geography, geology, demography, history, and much more. Its features include customizable display of layer variables, multiple geographic projections, table and map views of data, distance-measurement tools, and buffering and query operations.
The Geographic Data in Education (GEODE) Initiative at Northwestern University with funding from the National Science Foundation.
A free trial version is available for 45 days.
The following guides can be downloaded to help with the use of the program:
The GLOBE Program Surface Temperature datahttp://viz.globe.gov/viz-bin/access.cgi?l=en&rg=
The GLOBE Program Surface Temperature data is collected by students at schools around the world using a handheld infrared thermometer (IRT). The data is reported in degrees Celsius along with position information collected from a handheld Global Positioning Unit and is immediately available for student and scientist analysis.
Data coverage varies greatly by the day with the most data collected in Ohio, U.S.A., but some reporting schools are from Central and South America, Europe, and Alaska.
Data coverage varies greatly by the day, but most data was collected each year during the Surface Temperature Field Campaign conducted in 2006, 2007, and 2008 by the principal investigator of the protocol, Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo, OH.
Data is provided by the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Earth (GLOBE) Program.