Below are some Web-based science activities that are used in my teaching, learning, and technology courses:
GIS for Lehigh Watershed Investigations
This Web site contains a series of investigative questions that use LEO GIS coverages to promote inquiry-based learning of environmental education concepts through a watershed theme.
Abandoned Mine Drainage in Pennsylvania
Abandoned Mine Drainage in Pennsylvania is a science-technology-society (STS) role playing debate simulation. In this activity, learners investigate the AMD issue from differing perspectives. In their investigation, they identify AMD problems, search for a solution, evaluate options, and decide on a course of action to treat and clean up AMD in Pennsylvania.
Sprawl in the Lehigh River Watershed
This activity uses web-based GIS maps to explore sprawl in the Lehigh River watershed. Learners are introduced to sprawl and its effects on human and environmental health. GIS maps are used to study patterns of land use and population centers. Learners form their own opinions and decide on best practice solutions to land use problems and explore some of the options that land owners have today as a result of changing practices.
Stockertown Sinkhole Dilemma
Stockertown Sinkhole Dilemma is a science-technology-society (STS) role playing debate simulation. In this activity, learners investigate the Stockertown sinkhole issue from differing perspectives. In their investigation, they identify sinkhole causes, problems, decide who should be responsible for sinkhole repair and remediation, and determine what new polices should be created to protect the interest of homeowners.
Carolina Coastal Science
Carolina Coastal Science is an innovative, inquiry-based, science resource that utilizes the interactive technologies of the World Wide Web to explore science in coastal Carolina. Carolina Coastal Science has been created based on the goals stated in the National Science Education Standards. While this web site has been designed specifically for an Environmental Science component of a primary and secondary science curricula, it may be used in different curriculum areas. Teachers and students can use this web site independently or as a class using a number of different teaching strategies including open-ended inquiries, guided inquiries, independent research, and cooperative group learning. Carolina Coastal Science contains an interactive photojournal that students can use to construct their own set of inquiry questions to explore; an inquiry simulation in which students investigate the issues concerning the fate of the Shell Island Resort and then debate the future of this and other oceanfront structures threatened by coastal erosion; a section of "Inquiry Images" which can be used as whole class guided inquiry activities; and a Coastal Research Technology section that students can use to identify the scientific instruments used by oceanographers and coastal geologists to collect data. An educators guide is provided with a variety of teaching suggestions to incorporate this site into primary and secondary school classrooms.
Which Way Is North?
Which Way Is North? is an activity that allows students to develop skills in understanding location by exploring a variety of unique geological formations using Quicktime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas and topographic maps.
This activity allows you to explore a variety of dinosaur fossil bones from the Dinosaur National Monument quarry using Quicktime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas and digital still imagery.
Geologic Explorations allows learners to explore a variety of unique geological formations using Quicktime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas and digital still imagery.
Coastal Explorations is a virtual photojournal that allows learners to explore a variety of coastal formations and unique features in many different locations along the California and New Jersey coasts. Learners investigate the differences and similarities between California and New Jersey coasts. Areas to explore include coastal processes and coastal issues such as erosion, how human activities modify shorelines, and development issues people living on the coast encounter.
The Science Junction is an interactive web site that promotes inquiry and provides resources to promote teaching in the context of the National Science Education Standards. This Web site serves as a center for teaching, learning, and integrating science into our daily lives. Activities and resources include: network science projects in which students collect data to help answer science questions; a "Game Room" of science-based active games, a clearinghouse of online science education web resources and lesson plans; an interactive discovery area of science ideas for kids to try; an online meeting place for novice and veteran science teachers to share ideas; a "Collaborative Connections" database designed to help teachers find collaborators for classroom projects; a place to get information about research projects and research groups at NC State University; and a variety of other teacher resources which focus on professional development and technology skills.