October 15, 2014

Make every week Earth Science Week!

Make every week Earth Science Week!

Why restrict the celebrations to one week? Let’s make every effort to engage students in Earth Science content every week!

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October 8, 2014

EarthCaching – and where geoscientists can help

EarthCaching - and where geoscientists can help

You may be familiar with the outdoor sport called “geocaching,” defined by Geocaching.com as “a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”  There are several different types of caches available, and it is not uncommon for geoscientists to specifically search for the ones classified as EarthCaches.  Check out …

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October 1, 2014

Science haiku to communicate research and more

Science haiku to communicate research and more

NOAA is doing it. Even the entire IPCC Report was boiled down to 19 illustrated haiku. Can science-themed haiku be used for education & outreach, or just for fun?

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September 17, 2014

Learning science through reading, writing… and doodling

Learning science through reading, writing... and doodling

What do you do when you see a student doodling in class? Studies show that perhaps we should encourage this behavior.

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September 10, 2014

Bring the field to students with live webcams

Bring the field to students with live webcams

If you can’t get your students to the geology, bring the geology to your students via webcams.

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September 3, 2014

Heading out to sea as a NOAA Teacher at Sea

Heading out to sea as a NOAA Teacher at Sea

Ahoy! I’m heading out to sea with the NOAA Teacher at Sea program for a hydrographic survey and professional development opportunity.

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August 27, 2014

Getting students to read the syllabus with a Syllabus Quiz

Getting students to read the syllabus with a Syllabus Quiz

We spend much time writing a syllabus, including all the required information by our universities… and yet, we struggle getting the students to read our masterpiece! Perhaps a syllabus quiz can motivate our students to learn about our courses from Day 1.

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August 20, 2014

Before you set a hashtag for your course or have students blog, think FERPA

Before you set a hashtag for your course or have students blog, think FERPA

Are you going to require that your students post on a public blog this semester?  Will you be creating a Facebook page for your class and asking students to post on it?  Will you have students post selfies on Twitter with a course hashtag?  For those instructors that use social media with their students and courses, this could be the most important tweet you read all year:   Is your …

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August 13, 2014

Setting a technology policy for your classroom? Ask students for input

Setting a technology policy for your classroom? Ask students for input

Devising a policy on technology in the classroom? Ask your students, David Gooblar writes in @chroniclevitae. http://t.co/O2DBAMudN1 — Chronicle (@chronicle) January 23, 2014 For those of us heading back to the classroom this fall, we are thinking about what to do in our classes, and how to keep our students engaged during the 50 minutes we have them three times week – and by “engaged,” I mean keeping students connected …

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August 6, 2014

Graphic syllabus and outcomes map – new additions to your fall syllabus?

Graphic syllabus and outcomes map - new additions to your fall syllabus?

Graphic syllabus = a one-page diagram, flowchart, or concept map of the topical organization of a course. Outcomes map = a one-page flowchart of the sequence of student learning objectives and outcomes from the foundational through the mediating to the ultimate. –  Nilson (2007) Each semester, and for every course we teach, we are required to create a course syllabus.  Each of our institutions have some variations as to what …

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