ERIC Number: EJ722764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
RAISE: Using Geospatial Technology in the Public School
Watkins, Brad; Wagler, Ron
Science Scope, v28 n7 p32-35 Apr-May 2005
The Rural Alliance for Improving Science Education (RAISE), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a program that partners Oklahoma State University with three public school districts in Oklahoma. This program enables Oklahoma State University science graduate students to serve as resources in developing and teaching science activities in K-12 schools. In the fall of 2004, 10 Oklahoma State University graduate students (known as RAISE Scientists) were partnered with 10 sixth- to twelfth-grade teachers in the three rural Oklahoma public school districts of Perkins-Tryon, Morrison, and Hennessey. The 10 teaching teams, each consisting of a RAISE scientist and a teacher, are working to integrate geospatial technology into the science curriculum of their schools in creative and innovative ways. One of the main goals of this new and exciting program is to enhance the education of sixth- to twelfth-grade science students and teachers. By introducing geospatial technology into the classroom, an atmosphere is created where students can become participants in the process of science. This also creates an opportunity for the participating graduate students to gain understanding about the teaching profession and the participating teachers to enhance their knowledge of science. The RAISE program hopes to improve science test scores for students in the three participating school districts and be a launching pad for circulating geospatial activities among other teachers. This article briefly describes some of the ways the RAISE program has worked to accomplish this goal. A brief list of resources concludes the article.
Descriptors: Science Activities, Science Curriculum, School Districts, Graduate Students, Public Schools, Rural Areas, Science Education, Partnerships in Education, Science Tests, Scores
National Science Teachers Association, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma