National Climatic Data Center

Testing Team Members: Suchi Gopal, Neal Lott, Carla McAuliffe, Matt Menne, Glen Reid, Carol Meyer (Tues. & Wed. only)
Meeting Room: C110

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Pre-meeting Sharing Space

Please introduce yourself here. You can also post files and links to relevant data, tools, or projects that you want to share.

Pre-meeting notes:

Hello NCDC Team: LuAnn here, one of the AccessData co-PIs. I've uploaded the Global Summary of the Day DataSheet (Microsoft Word 96kB Feb1 13) document that Neal submitted.

Hi Everyone,

My name is Carla McAuliffe and I am the Curriculum Developer on our team. I work at TERC and am part of the Earth Exploration Toolbook team ( I am also the PI on the EET Workshops Project, ( which provides professional development to K-12 teachers using EET chapters through a Web conference/teleconference format. I enjoy facilitating educational technology experiences for teachers and students, especially GIS-related ones.
Thanks,---Carla Howdy folks--I'm Neal Lott, chief of the Data Access Branch, National Climatic Data Center. My main role here is data representative. My background includes dataset processing and integration, quality control, and data access / products and services. My career with the federal government began in 1982 as an Air Force civilian (in climatic data work), then to NCDC in 1991.

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Session 1—Meet your team members, Learn about the data, tools, and expertise represented on your team

Team members meet each other and share their experiences and viewpoints on using data in education. Data representatives and software tool specialists introduce one or more datasets and tools and the group explores various aspects of them. If the team's DataSheet is not yet posted, the data representative should attach it.

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Session 2—Review DataSheet and Brainstorm data-use storylines

Review and discuss the DataSheet that was begun by the data representative(s) for your team. Decide which team members will contribute to completing various fields.

Brainstorm a set of possible storylines for valid investigations of the dataset. The goal is to come up with at least one compelling scenario that will give users a reason to work through the technological steps necessary to perform some analysis of the data.

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Session 3—Select the data-use scenario for your educational activity and perform a proof-of-concept check

Use the complementary expertise on the team to check that the task you are envisioning can actually be completed in an educational setting. Identify a target grade level for the activity and choose a working title.

Please limit the scope of the activity to something that can be accomplished by accessing existing data and tools. Discuss and agree upon the content limits of the activity as well: consider that the main goal of these activities is to develop user familiarity with the data and tools.

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Session 4—Develop your case study storyline and outline the procedures for data access and analysis

Case Study Development
Record ideas, bullet points, or actual text that will become part of the case study to introduce users to the issues and concepts of the activity. Gather links for appropriate images, diagrams, and background text.

Data Access and Analysis Procedures
Record the name(s) and URL(s) of dataset(s) and access/analysis software tool(s) to be used. List the major tasks users will complete then perform a deliberate walk-through of each task to capture the full sequence of procedures. Give special attention to the most difficult or least intuitive steps, and note points in the sequence where additional information will be helpful.

NOTE: Teams can capture notes directly in the wiki pages or choose to work in a Word document. This activity outline guide (Microsoft Word 35kB Feb1 13) will clarify the scope of the activity outline and the minimum information required.

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Session 5—Flesh out procedures with "About" sections to build users' knowledge about the data and tools, List several "Going Further" ideas

Fill in any gaps in your activity outline and add sections that will help users utilize the data in different ways or for other investigations. Suggest several ideas for going further to challenge users to use the data and/or tools in other investigations.

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Session 6—Finalize your Activity outline and DataSheet, Generate PowerPoint slides for the report out session, Attach all resources to this wiki page

Create a 2- or 3-slide ppt file for the report out session.

  • Slide 1: Team name, names of team members, and a brief phrase to describe each individual's contribution
  • Slide 2: Working title for your activity, names of dataset(s) and tool(s) utilized
  • Slide 3: Your choice of something to illustrate your team's vision of the completed activity
Name your powerpoint file with this exact name: NCDCNationalClimaticDataCenter.ppt
Attach the file to this page.
Once your file is posted, we'll use this link to access it during the report out session: file missing

Attach any other documents produced by the team as well as finalized versions of the team's DataSheet and add a reference to them in the text box.

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