Dr. Carla McAuliffe

PhD 2003, Learning & Instructional Technology; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
GIS Specialist & Internal Evaluator for the DataTools Project,
Center for Science Teaching and Learning, TERC


Dr. Carla McAuliffe works as a curriculum developer, staff development specialist, project director, and internal evaluator at TERC. She is PI of the EET Workshops project and Co-PI of the TIDES and Eyes in the Sky projects. Carla has extensive teaching experience. She taught junior high life and physical science, high school Earth science and biology, and various instructional technology courses for college. She continues to provide preservice and inservice teacher training with visualization technologies, including GIS and image analysis.

Dr. McAuliffe's research focuses on the role of 3-D visualization in student learning. She currently facilitates online science education courses for teachers through Lesley University and Northern Arizona University. She has authored a variety of curriculum materials including interactive web lessons for Earth science, Discovering GIS, and Discovering Image Processing.

Sizing Up Cells

Too often, middle school students leave life science class with a textbook understanding of plant and animal cells. They fail to develop an appreciation of the diversity and complexity of living cells; that they vary widely in size, structure, and function. Thousands of freely available digital micrographs make it possible for students to explore and investigate actual cells, as opposed to stylized textbook drawings of typical plant and animal cells.


Sizing Up Cells (PowerPoint 715kB Sep15 06)

Sizing Up Cells Word document (Microsoft Word 141kB Oct9 07)

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