A CIESE Realtime Data Project

Teacher Guide: Curriculum Standards and Implementation Assistance - Gulf Stream Voyage

 Curriuculum Standards

National Science Education Standards

Content Standard A
Science as Inquiry

As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry

The National Educational Technology Standards (International Society for Technology Education)

Standard 2 Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

Standard 3 Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

Standard 4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

Common Core Standard for Mathematics: Mathematical Practices

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
2. Model with mathematics

 New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards 


  • 5.1 A Understand Scientific Explanations: Students understand core concepts and principles of science and use measurement and observation tools to assist in categorizing, representing, and interpreting the natural and designed world.
  • 5.4 F. Climate and Weather: Earth’s weather and climate systems are the result of complex interactions between land, ocean, ice, and atmosphere.
  • 8.1 Educational Technology: All students will use digital tools to access, manage, evaluate, and synthesize information in order to solve problems individually and collaboratively and to create and communicate knowledge.


    Implementation Assistance

    The lessons have been designed to allow a teacher flexibility of lesson selection and best fit into the existing curriculum. It is not necessary to complete all of the lessons, however, it is recommended that all of the Core Activities are completed prior to students undertaking other Enrichment Activities. Please review each of the lessons carefully and use your judgment for allocating class time for the project. The information below may assist you with the implementation of the project:

    Limited Computer Access
    The following suggestions may assist implementation in a limited access situation.

    Using Handouts
    Students can access the data from home computers (when available) OR by giving them a handout each day with latest data.

    Teacher Presentations
    Teachers with 1 computer connected to a projection device can use the Internet to introduce or enrich a unit, or prepare students in the use of a web site before a session in the computer lab.

    Learning Centers
    Students can rotate through different activities during the course of one class or over a longer period of time. Each student or group of students takes a turn working at a different activity or learning center.

    Back-up Information
    Save the files: Save the web pages to a disk / hard drive or cache of your computer beforehand.

    Hard copies: Print and make copies of specific images or data (e.g. the list of recent earthquakes) ahead of time to have on hand.

    Browsing the internet requires downloading multiple files from the internet to the computer. Users often wait long periods while complete web pages slowly show up on their computer screen. To speed up browsing time, the files that are downloaded are temporarily stored in the cache (referred to as Temporary Internet Files in Internet Explorer). Often in a Computer Lab setting, the computers are not shut down each day, and the temporary files remain on the computer.

    So, if a student visits a real time data site one day, the information from the site is stored in the cache. If a student revisits the same web page a following day, the browser will first look in the cache for the information before it goes to the internet for the most recent image.

    To prevent confusion, the students should first look for the time and date stamp on the image. If it is not the most recent image, click the Reload or Refreshbutton. This will insure that the latest data is displayed.