ERIC Number: ED388245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Which Way Will the Wind Blow? Networked Computer Tools for Studying the Weather.
Fishman, Barry J.; D'Amico, Laura M.
A suite of networked computer tools within a pedagogical framework was designed to enhance earth science education at the high school level. These tools give students access to live satellite images, weather maps, and other scientific data dealing with the weather, and make it easy for students to make their own weather forecasts by creating high-quality weather maps. These tools are part of the Learning Through Collaborative Visualization (CoVis) project, an advanced technology research and development effort to explore the effects of giving high school students access to many of the same visualization and electronic communication tools used by scientists. The CoVis project is currently working with two high schools in the Chicago (Illinois) area, providing them with technology and curriculum support. To facilitate student work, the CoVis team designed front-end software that assists students in making connections between the visualizations and the phenomena they represent. Three specialized communication tools are provided to allow students located in different classrooms to work collaboratively on projects: Cruiser, a desktop video telephone system, a commercial screen sharing tool called Timbuktu, and a specialized "Collaboratory Notebook" for recording projects and the storing and retrieving of jointly created artifacts. The CoVis classroom uses the learning by doing teaching method, exemplified by the project method of doing science, and the teacher becomes a source of support and guidance, not a source of information. The linking of the CoVis weather tools and the pedagogical approach of the CoVis classroom links the learning of science with the practice of science. Four figures illustrate project computer screens. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 1994. Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 94--World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 25-30, 1994); see IR 017 359.