3.2 Data in the Classroom: New Tools for Engaging Students with Data

Monday, 8 January 2018: 2:15 PM
Ballroom C (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Daniel P. Pisut, IMSG, Silver Spring, MD; and A. F. Dean

The ability to understand and analyze data effectively can increase students ability to understand current and historical global change. Since 2009, NOAA Data in the Classroom Project has been offering formal education resources and tools aimed at helping teachers to build data and environmental literacy in their classrooms.

Currently, NOAA is modernizing its Data in the Classroom resources using a web application within Esri’s web-based GIS platform, Story Maps. Story Maps have been used for a wide variety of purposes, including teaching and instruction, for more than a decade. This technology can help to engage students in a story, like El Niño, while harnessing the power of data – using maps, data visualizations and data query tools. The aim is to create an effective education tool that allows students access to user-friendly, relevant data sets from NOAA, ultimately providing the opportunity to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.

This presentation will include demonstrations of the recently launched web-based curricular modules, highlighting the Esri web technology used to build and distribute each module and the interactive data tools that are unique to this project.

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