Using Data in the Classroom Workshop 2008

Embassy Suites Hotel, Downtown
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, Oregon

April 30 through May 3, 2008


The AccessData workshop will provide an opportunity for data representatives, software tool specialists, scientific researchers, curriculum developers, and educators to interact with one another in a variety of sessions, all working toward the common goal of facilitating the use of data in education.


The AccessData Workshop involves data representatives, tool specialists, scientists, educational materials developers, and college- and high school-level educators who work with data in the Earth and environmental sciences.

What will happen during the workshop?

In addition to keynote presentations, hands-on lab sessions (Tool Time) and a Demo Session/Share Fair, attendees will be grouped into teams that include the full range of roles represented at the meeting. Team members will work together to develop an educational module, drawing upon the expertise of individuals in each role on the team. This practical exercise enables team members to learn from each other about the needs, practices, and expectations of the other groups.

Who will pay?

Lodging, breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided for all accepted registrants. Funding is also available for travel stipends; this will be awarded as necessary to ensure that all professional roles will be represented at the meeting. To minimize paperwork, all participants will be asked to pay for their own travel up front. At the workshop, participants will sign the appropriate form to request their travel stipend, and checks will be mailed to them within 30 days.

When should I arrange to arrive in and depart from Portland?

We anticipate that attendees will arrive in Portland mid-day on Wednesday, April 30.

For ground transportation, we recommend the MAX Light rail, just outside the baggage pickup area at the airport. The cost is $2.05 each way. The trains leave the airport every 12 minutes. To get to the Embassy Suites, take the Redline Train. Get off at the 1st Avenue and Oak Street stop. Exit the car, turn right and walk to Oak. Turn left on Oak and take the sidewalk to 3rd Avenue then turn right and walk 1 block up to Pine Street. The hotel entrance is in the middle of the street between 3rd and 4th Avenue.

The workshop runs from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 through 12 noon on Saturday, May 3, 2008. All times are Pacific Daylight Time. The first event is a demonstration/poster session from 6:00 to 10:00 pm the evening of Wednesday, April 30. You may register during this event.

For departure on Saturday, May 3, we recommend the light rail. If you would rather take a cab, we will have a sign up sheet with departure times to arrange sharing rides to the airport.

How do I register?

What if I still have questions about the workshop?

Contact Tamara Ledley via email:

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