Welcome to Dr. Al Bodzin's Web site at Lehigh University


This Web page serves as a resource for science and environmental educators at all levels. My name is Alec Bodzin and I am a Professor and Program Director in the Teaching, Learning, & Technology program in the Department of Education & Human Services at Lehigh University. I am also a core faculty member of the Lehigh Environmental Initiative (EI).

My current research interests include the design of Web-based inquiry learning environments; learning with spatial thinking tools including GIS, and Google Earth; design and implementation of inquiry-based science and environmental curriculum; visual instructional technologies; and the use instructional technologies to promote learning.

Click here to access my vitae (updated 5/31/14).

Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Climate Change Curriculum

Climate Change is a technology-supported middle school science inquiry curriculum. This curriculum focuses on essential climate literacy principles with an emphasis on weather and climate, Earth system energy balance, greenhouse gases, paleoclimatology, and how human activities influence climate change. Students use geospatial information technology tools (Google Earth), Web-based tools (including an interactive carbon calculator and geologic timeline), and inquiry-based lab activities to investigate important climate change topics. Climate Change is aligned to the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy in addition to national science and environmental education standards.

Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Energy Curriculum

Energy is an interdisciplinary technology-supported middle school science inquiry unit. This curricular unit focuses on the world's energy resources. Students use geospatial information technology (GIT) tools including My World GIS and Google Earth, and inquiry-based lab activities to investigate energy sources, production, and consumption. Energy is aligned to national science and environmental education standards.

Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Land Use Change Curriculum

Land Use Change is an interdisciplinary technology-embedded middle school science unit. This curricular unit focuses on how human activities influence environmental changes related to land use. Students use geospatial information technology (GIT) tools including Google Earth and remotely sensed images to investigate modern day land use issues and land use change over time.

WebSite Science Resources at Lehigh University

Website Science Resources at Lehigh University contains many annotated Web links to the best science instructional materials on the World Wide Web for K-12 classroom instruction as well as a variety of K-12 interdisciplinary Web resources.

Teaching, Learning, & Technology Courses at Lehigh University

Check out my Web-enhanced Lehigh courses and a variety of Web-based science and environmental activities that are used in our Lehigh courses.

LEO EnviroSci Inquiry

The LEO EnviroSci Inquiry Web site is a K-12 outreach project from LEO - the Lehigh Earth Observatory and the SERVIT (Science Education Research in Visual Instructional Technologies) Group in the College of Education at Lehigh University. EnviroSci Inquiry enables teachers, students, and the public to learn about environmental science content knowledge from Lehigh University LEO scientists and interns. Learning activities actively engage participants in data collection, analyzing data, working with Global Information Systems (GIS) databases, and engaging in science-specific pedagogical practices that incorporate Web-based and other technologies to be implemented into the science classrooms. Environmental science curricular activities enable students to use probeware, Web-based telecommunication tools, QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR), and other Internet resources to learn about environmental issues. Curricular activities emphasize student-directed scientific discovery of their local environment aligned to the National Science Education Standards, the National Geography Standards and the National Educational Technology Standards.

Earth System Science Education at Lehigh University

Earth System Science Education (ESSE) at Lehigh University is a Web site designed to promote ESSE for entry level college students and advanced high school students. This site contains instructional modules (How does the carbon cycle work?, Remote sensing, Pennsylvania sprawl and Melting glaciers) , laboratories, and tools designed to promote inquiry-based learning. The materials emphasize data analysis skills and understanding real-world applications. The modules can be used alone or with companion lecture, laboratory, or field components.

Web-Based Inquiry (WBI) for Learning Science

The World Wide Web offers activities that provide opportunities to learn science through inquiry-based activities. Just like classroom-based science inquiry activities, Web-based inquiry activities (WBIs) for learning science fall along a continuum from learner-directed to materials-directed. This Website contains the WBI manual and instrument designed to identify and classify science WBIs on the World Wide Web. In addition, you will find links to study papers, recommended WBI sites, and preservice teacher-created WBIs from Lehigh University's TBTE program.

Science Teacher Inquiry Rubric (STIR)

The Science Teacher Inquiry Rubric (STIR) is an instrument designed to assist teachers in understanding and implementing inquiry-based science instruction into their classrooms in a comprehensive, yet manageable way. This Website contains the STIR instrument and links to study papers.

Other Projects

Comments and suggestions are welcome.
Last updated: May 31, 2014
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