Web Resources for Teaching

This is a partial list of sites which present current Earth data which I have found useful for teaching, and sites which are specifically designed as resources for teachers.

Educational Institutions

  • http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/ – Earthguide, on the web by the University of California. Contains much information including a just-for-teachers section. Also, reports of current Earth research, for example.
  • http://earthguide.ucsd.edu/mar/ – Mid-Atlantic Ridge expedition, Nov. - Dec. 2000: photos and other information collected from the ridge via submersible including the discovery of a new vent field. (An OWU ’99 grad was on this cruise and took an Alvin dive.)
  • http://www.sciencecourseware.org/GLOL/ – Geology Labs On-Line is a comprehensive project to develop Web-based lab activities that enhance the learning and teaching of introductory Geology and other Earth and Environmental Science courses at the College and High School levels. These “Virtual” labs are interactive where students learn by “doing” and not just clicking and viewing. Five activities are currently on-line with an additional 6 in preparation. These are still in development, but the earthquakes lab looks particularly good. (Biologists: they also have Biology Labs On-Line.)

Professional Organizations

Government Data Sources

  • http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/ – Ohio Geological Survey, Division of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources includes educational resources section, including ideas for hands-on teaching. Great resource for our local geology.
  • http://geology.usgs.gov/ National Earthquake Information Center World Data Center for Seismology, Denver.
  • http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ National Weather Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/ National Geophysical Data Center, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
  • http://www.globe.gov/ GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA.

Selected Published Resources

  • Activities for the Changing Earth System: Curriculum activities for teaching about global environmental changes, Rosanne W. Fortner and Victor J. Mayer, Co-Directors, 1993, The Ohio State University.
  • The Best of BAESI: Earth Science Activities and Recommended Resources from the Bay Area Earth Science Institute, by Ellen Metzger, Mary-Pat Ratia, Gene Dorsa, and the Teachers of BAESI, 1994, Department of Geology, San Jose State University, CA.
  • The Catalyst Collection: Outstanding Earth / Space Science Activities, edited by Gaylen R. Carlson, Department of Geological Sciences, California State University, Fullerton.
  • Hands-on Geology: K-12 Activities and Resources, edited by R. Heather Macdonald and Susan G. Stover, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology).
  • Resource Guide to Earth Sciences, Karenne F. Snow, Project Coordinator, 1991, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.