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Workshop on Teaching with GeoPads: Goals, Schedule and Participants

Montana State University - February 16 - 18, 2007

This working group for this workshop has been invited because of their expertise in using this great new technology. They have the best perspective on the type of information that is needed to help the larger geoscience community use GeoPads. So, the scheduling and topics that are suggested in the following agenda can be modified to meet their needs. This page includes:

Workshop Goals

  • Develop resources and tutorials to help facilitate use of GeoPads across the geoscience curriculum by investigating how to lower barriers so that interested novices can effectively acquire, use, and maintain GeoPads by helping them find and use resources already developed, and to work more efficiently by not reinventing the wheel. We will address this by including information about:
    • "how to" advice on the design of GeoPad exercises and how to prepare GeoPads for use (for example, what software and hardware do you need; what sources of data are available; what is required to set up the instruments for use in the field?); and provide examples of matching learning goals to desired skills to required GeoPad functionality;
    • what students should know and be able to do in the field (for example, finding locations, mapping, note taking, integration of datasets) and the rationale for doing it that way (for example, might not give them a GPS until they spend sometime finding themselves with a compass and topo sheet, then with an aerial photo, then a GPS); and
    • how one might transform the work on the GeoPad into a final product (for example, a hard-copy, electronic, or oral report).
  • Compile the experience and advice of active users of GeoPads to help identify "best practices" (for example, the advice you've learned from experience that you can pass onto newcomers)
  • Aggregate supporting materials that document the use of GeoPads (for example, instructions on "how to...", where to find data) and identify areas where more supporting documentation is needed
  • Create a collection of teaching activities to be used as models for others to follow (for example, showing step by step examples of how the project was set up; what the educational goals of the exercise are; what skills were students expected to use and/or master as a way of achieving those goals; examples of student notes, maps, other outcomes; assessments of final products, what are the assessment criteria and how do they map to the educational goals)

  • Workshop Schedule

    Thursday February 15

    8:00am - 7:00pm - Travel to Bozeman (pick up or shuttle from airport)

    7:30pm - Dinner at The Mint Restaurant

    Friday February 16

    7:00am - 8:00am - Breakfast at Grantree Inn (charge to room)

    8:00am - Van pickup at Grantree Inn

    8:15am - 8:30am - Meet at MSU in SUB Room 276
    8:30am - 10:00am - Discussion I
    Whole-group round table discussion on how we currently using GeoPads; perhaps short presentations or demonstrations of current activities would be useful; we can have LCD projector, overheads available, or feel free to bring maps, field guides and other materials to share. No formal presentations, perhaps a few slides as examples or handouts of exercises, maps, reports, etc. (~15-20 minutes each) 10:00am - 10:30am - Break

    10:30am - 12:00pm - Discussion II
    What Resources are Currently Available; What is Needed?; Who is our audience? 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch

    1:00pm - 2:00pm - Introduction to the SERC Content Management System - Karin Kirk
    2:00pm - 2:30pm - Break

    2:30pm - 4:30pm - Group Writing

    4:30pm - 5:00pm - Daily Wrap-up
    6:00pm - Dinner at Montana AleWorks

    Saturday February 17

    7:00am - 8:00am - Breakfast at Grantree Inn (charge to room)

    8:00am - Van pickup at Grantree Inn

    8:15am - Meet at MSU in Traphagen (TRAP) Hall

    8:30am - 12:00pm - Work in computer classrooms in TRAP Hall
    12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch

    1:30pm - 2:30pm - Assessment 2:30pm - 4:30pm - Continued Group Writing

    4:30pm - 5:00pm - Daily Wrap-up
    5:00pm - 6:45pm - Return to hotel to relax

    7:00pm - Dinner at Bozeman Bistro

    Sunday February 18

    Shuttle to airport for departures
    Recreational activity (To Be Determined - downhill or Nordic skiing, field trip to Yellowstone, other)

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