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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Plant Pest Control part of Merlot Biology Pedagogic Collection:Teaching with Data:Examples
This learning experience introduces participants to scientific inquiry, hypothesis formation, experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Simulating the Effect of Sample Size on the Sampling Distribution of the Mean part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Teaching with Data Simulations:Examples
A java applet that simulates the sampling distribution of the mean. It allows students to explore the effect of sample size.

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
Mark Chandler Columbia University/NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. - EdGCM is a full-scale, 4-D, student-friendly, global climate model (GCM) that runs on inexpensive desktop computers, which allows ...

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
Tamara Shapiro Ledley TERC - The Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) provides step-by-step instructions for using Earth science datasets and software tools in educational settings. Each chapter of the EET walks users ...

Bioinformatics part of Microbial Life:Teaching Methods:Teaching with Data:Examples
This exercise contains two interrelated modules that introduce students to modern biological techniques in the area of Bioinformatics, which is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. The need for Bioinformatics has arisen from the recent explosion of publicly available genomic information, such as that resulting from the Human Genome Project.

Microbial Mat Education Page part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This NASA educational page features Earth's Earliest Ecosystems in the Classroom: a web site dedicated to the use of microbial mats to illustrate and demonstrate general principles of scientific ...

ArcVoyager Makes ArcView Easy! part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from ESRI features ArcVoyager. The program is a 50-mb package of carefully selected data, ArcView projects, and help files in a tiered format, available as free downloads in both Windows ...

New Millennium Observatory (NeMO) Education part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site is a digital curriculum developed by the New Millennium Observatory, a seafloor observatory at the Axial Volcano along the Juan de Fuca ridge in the Pacific Ocean. The curriculum, titled ...

Population Reference Bureau part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is the homepage of the Population Reference Bureau, an organization dedicated to providing information about worldwide population, health, and environment. Materials available here include ...

Project Skymath: Making Mathematical Connections part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Project SkyMath is a mathematics module for middle school students, developed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The goal of the pilot project is to demonstrate that ...

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