Activities and Examples: Using Data in the Classroom Today

This collection contains links to on-line activites for teaching STEM concepts with data of all types and examples that describe ways in which on-line, published, and student-collected data are currently used in teaching and learning.

This collection includes both data activities identified from across the web as well as a local example collection.

The initial example 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" sponsored by the NAGT On the Cutting Edge program. We invite you to contribute additional examples in any of the STEM disciplines.

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.


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Global Land Vegetation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The goal of this NASA Earth Science Enterprise-funded project is to increase the use of satellite data in high school and college science classrooms by developing classroom materials linked to guided ...

The Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a joint effort of NOAA Research and the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with ...

How does the temperature of the Great Lakes change over time? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This classroom activity allows students to use water surface temperature, bathymetric data and weather data to look at trends in the water temperature of the Great Lakes. The exercise asks students ...

Project CLEA part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Project CLEA (Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy) develops laboratory exercises that illustrate modern astronomical techniques using digital data and color images. They are suitable for ...

Flooding Exercises part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This homework exercise, developed for an undergraduate geology course at Tulane University, leads students through the steps involved in determining the probability that a flood of a given discharge ...

Water Science for Schools part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) water resources site provides comprehensive coverage of water related issues, and includes several interactive quizzes and activities for children. Here you will ...

WISE - The Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) is a free on-line science learning environment for students in grades 4-12. In WISE, students work on exciting inquiry projects on topics such as ...

Computers in Chemistry at Cabrillo College part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The goal of the Computers in Chemistry at Cabrillo College (C4) Project is to improve the learning of chemical concepts through the use of computer visualization. C4 produces and disseminates ...

The Earth System part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is intended to provide a learning environment for college level students interested in learning about the Earth and how the Earth'system works. It is designed to support three courses ...

Teacher's Manual for 'Our Dynamic Planet' CD part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a draft version of a teacher's manual for the "Our Dynamic Planet" CD. Complete chapters are available in downloadable pdf format. The handbook includes assignment descriptions, group ...