For Developers: Recommendations to Data Providers on Making Data Available for Educational Use

  • Overarching Recommendations: Discussion at the Using Data Workshop focused on the importance of data access infrastructure and services that enable students and educators to meet their learning goals.
  • Detailed Discussion: Workshop discussions centered around 3 main questions - What format/environment would you like to see (e.g. user interfaces)? How would you want to be able to find the data you need? What manipulation/visualization tools would it useful to you for data providers to have available in the digital library?
  • Scenarios: These scenarios picture how students might use NSDL to access and use data in our classrooms in the future.
  • Developing Effective On-Line Educational Resources in the Geosciences: This On The Cutting Edge website helps faculty navigate questions about making teaching materials into web resources, questions like: Why would one want to make web teaching resources? How to find and make use of other faculty's resources? How to create online resources of your own?
  • Criteria for Data Sites that Support Effective Educational Use: A set of guidelines developed by the DLESE Data Access Working Group for evaluating how well a data site is aligned with the needs of educators.
  • Recommendations for Making Geoscience Data Accessible and Usable in Education (Acrobat (PDF) 34kB Sep17 08). Unformatted article from August 2008 EOS. Describes the work and results of the Data Access Working Group discussions.
  • Reuseable NASA Images: Reusable, copyright free image files of Earth graphics useful as a base for more specific illustrations.
  • Using Federal Data in the Classroom: Activities and projects from SERC that emphasize the use of datasets generated by federal agencies.