Eos in the Classroom: Building Educational Resources with Science News

Thursday 1:30-4:00pm PT / 2:30-5:00pm MT / 3:30-6:00pm CT / 4:30-7:00pm ET Online
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Eric Riggs, Texas A & M University
Heather Goss, American Geophysical Union

The Earth and space sciences are exciting because they literally span the entire world—the entire universe—that we live in, but this magnitude can sometimes be difficult to capture and convey to students. Understanding why the world works the way it does—from natural disasters like earthquakes and eruptions, to anthropogenic effects on our climate—is easier when taught through real-world scenarios. That's why Eos, AGU's science news magazine for Earth and space science-interested public, in conjunction with AGU's Education section, is offering this workshop in order to form a collaborative vision for new geoscience education resources crafted from the earth science news reporting and online resources of Eos.

Many teachers already use Eos news articles as engagement material in high school and undergraduate geoscience classrooms. Now Eos and the AGU Education Section are working to develop curriculum- mapped articles specifically for educator use. This is an opportunity for educators to be involved from the very beginning in building a resource that is customized for their classroom needs. Participants will help create and offer feedback on the desired user experience of the resource site, how best to match news articles to types and length of curriculum available, how best to collect ongoing feedback, and what other assets at AGU could be integrated for educator use. This workshop is open to high school and undergraduate educators. Those with Spanish-speaking or ESL classes are especially encouraged to attend.

All mini-workshops will take place online, via Zoom (unless otherwise noted). Participants will be sent links to the Zoom room and connection info will be posted below prior to the session start.

Session Connection Info

This workshop has already taken place.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn what Eos offers and discuss a new resource of curriculum-mapped news articles.
  • Discuss how Eos articles can be integrated into your instructional modules.
  • Use sample Eos articles to create a real application to take home with you and share with our group.
  • Join us as we use the results of this workshop to build a new AGU resource for educators with this real-world engagement material.


(Program starts at 1:30-4 PT / 2:30-5 MT / 3:30-6 CT / 4:30-7 ET; times below are represented as hour:minute to standardize among time zones)

0:00 Welcome and introductions

0:30 Breakout #1 - Participants break into groups focused on content areas covered in Eos. Work on crafting individual and group sketches of applications in their own teaching. (45 min) Participants are encouraged to review these articles and pick 1 or 2 to read before joining the workshop: https://eos.org/eos-assets

1:15 Larger group reconvenes. Content area groups share insights of which areas of geoscience instruction are best supported with which Eos resources. (15 min)

1:30 Break

1:40 Break out #2 - Participants reconvene in breakout groups to discuss how best Eos resources should be made available to teaching communities, using materials and ideas from Breakout #1. (25 min)

2:05 Larger group reconvenes. Share and discuss insights on how this resource could best serve constituent communities moving forward. (20 min)

2:25 Wrap-up and workshop evaluation

2:30 Adjourn


Eos.org: https://eos.org

InTeGrate Teaching Materials: http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/connections.html

Carleton College Literature and Resources: http://serc.carleton.edu/cismi/itl/literature/index.html

SERC Resources: http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/interdisciplinary/index.html

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