August 19, 2002

Unique and Compelling Internet Resources - Part A

Purposes of today's workshop: 

  • To familiarize you with the nature and value of unique and compelling Internet resources by having you review selected examples
  • To describe the project that you will be expected to complete by the end of this week

Introduction to Unique and Compelling Resources

Introduction to Real Time Data 

Examples of Real Time Data

Examples of CIESE Real Time Data Projects

  • Musical Plates
    Musical Plates offers students the opportunity to access real time earthquake data, interact with experts online, and publish their own work to the project web site.
  • The Stowaway Adventure
    Students use real time data to track a real ship at sea, determine the destination and predict when it will arrive in port.  In addition, students monitor weather conditions at sea and predict if rough weather may impact the arrival time of a ship.
  • The Gulf Stream Voyage
    In this interdisciplinary project, students investigate the driving forces behind this great ocean current, how it affects the Atlantic Ocean and some of mankind's experiences dealing with the Gulf Stream current. 

  • Navigational Vectors
    Physics students learn about vectors as they simulate pilot navigation training. 

Other Examples of Real Time Data Projects

Consulting Experts in the Field 

One simple way to incorporate the Internet into classroom lessons is to utilize experts in appropriate fields to answer your students' toughest questions. 

Examples of CIESE Collaborative Projects

  • Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble: The International Boiling Point Project
    The purpose of this project is to discover which factor in the experiment (room temperature, elevation, volume of water, or heating device) has the greatest influence on boiling point.

  • Human Genetics: A Worldwide Search for the Dominant Trait 
    The purpose of this project is for students to learn how their physical characteristics, or traits, are inherited by gathering a great deal of information about specific, easily-seen human features. 

  • The Global Water Sampling Project
    Students  team up around the globe to test fresh water. They compare the water quality of a local river, stream, lake or pond with other fresh water sources around the world.

  • The Noon Day Project: Measuring the Circumference of the Earth
    This project offers teachers and students an opportunity to experiment by measuring the length of a shadow cast by a stick a meter long, sharing this data electronically, using scale drawings and a spreadsheet to make comparisons and to use this information to estimate the circumference of the earth.

  • Down the Drain: How Much Water Do You Use?
    Do you think people in other parts of the world use more or less water than Americans?  This collaborative project will help you find the answer.  By collecting data on water usage from people around the world you will be able to see how your water use compares to others and determine what you might do to use less water. 

Examples of Collaborative Projects

Finding Collaborative Projects and Partners on the Web


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