Planetary Data in Learning Environments
A Community Workshop
Monday, August 1, 2005
- Increase awareness of the range of Earth and planetary science programs, tools, and data resources that exist, from which to draw experiences, and with which to make connections
- Build knowledge about key features of a successful PDE program
- Reflect on a specific application of best practices in the design or implementation of a new program or improvement of an existing program
Planetary Data in Student Data Collection/Comparison (Jessica Robin)
- You will host 2 45-minute sessions.
- Identify a scribe who will stay for both sessions. The organizers will help make this happen.
- For the 2 nd session, please make the new group familiar with the prior discussion so that the conversation can continue to evolve.
Possible guiding questions
- What are the program goals with respect to data use?
- What data are used? How are they used?
- What is the evidence of success?
- What elements of development and implementation made the program successful?
- What obstacles occurred and how were they overcome?
- What are the participant's experiences with these aspects for their own programs?
- What exemplary resources and programs exist?
- What research exists / is needed with respect to this topic?
- What are the needs of this particular community group?
Round Table Report-out (facilitator)
- What are the major guiding principles for creating a successful program?
- What are common obstacles and possible solutions?
- What existing needs were identified?
- What are the priorities for this community group?
- How can the PDE Initiative assist?
Student Data Collection and Comparison (notes)
Brief description of GLOBE
- Student collection of data and served to program for all to see.
- Students can use data for own research
- GLOBE goals –
- Student Data used by PI in various missions – Landsat, AVHRR, GOES, Terra, etc
- Scientists using student data to publish – large number
- Training w/ scientist involvement
- Obstacles – accuracy of data & insufficient data, restriction of state curriculum, research too complex for students in some cases
- Radio astronomy – research structured by PI - Jupiter, Uranus, quasars
- Training for teachers provided
- PIs publish
- National program
- Eval of student interest and involvement
- Public schools not necessarily receptive
- ~ 200 schools
- DOD recognized
- Interaction w/ scientists
Center for Image Processing in Education
- Train teachers in use of image processing
- Ocean science as hook for technology
- 71 teachers in first cohort (120 contact hours per year)
- Understanding by design
- Education research based
- National/local Standards are an issue
- Want to localize investigations vs data availability
- Students analyze publish data and publish as science conferences
DePaul U. Computer Science
- Make data more accessible
- Using MOLA data, need to make more accessible, massage data w/o using expensive, difficult software and need for large server requirements
- Students primary users
Spitzer Science telescope
- Similar issues to GAVRT (sorry for shortening this, but it is similar)
- Make data more accessible for teachers and students — special applications to process data is a barrier
- Difference between students collecting data primarily for science or primarily for learning — in both cases learning occurs
- Training critical to all success — especially if special equipment or protocols are required
- Funding — for program and schools
- Educational standards
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