GTEST – Teaching Resources

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Public Resources

This page contains teaching resources on several public websites. The resources are organized by different science subjects including Earth Science, Geography and Biology/Living Environment. When using the resources, different teachers can select resources according to the subject they teach; or they can go to the last section of the document, the websites at the bottom allows teacher to search resources by keywords.

Earth Science

ELI

Environmental Literacy and Inquiry (ELI) is an inquiry-based middle school curriculum that uses geospatial information technologies including GIS and Google Earth to investigate environmental issues. The Web site includes curriculum units on Energy, Climate Change, and Land Use Change.

National Geographic Education – Mapping

This portion of the National Geographic site focuses on everything on maps. Teachers can get some ideas about map using from this website.

American Association of Geographers (AAG) – K-12 Education

The website including introductions of several K-12 geography education research project. Teachers can browse the research introductions and search for relevant tools and resources as needed.

Geography

National Geographic Education – Mapping

This portion of the National Geographic site focuses on everything on maps. Teachers can get some ideas about map using from this website.

Teacher Vision – Geography Teacher Resources

Includes several geography printable, lessons and references.

American Association of Geographers (AAG) – K-12 Education

The website including introductions of several K-12 geography education research project. Teachers can browse the research introductions and search for relevant tools and resources as needed.

Biology / Environmental Science / Life Science

Search by Keyword

National Geographic Education – Teaching Resources

National Geographic Teaching Resources’ site is filled with resources for teaching the national geography standards; including ideas, lessons, videos and activities.

USGS

The USGS provides K – 12 educational resources for teaching geography; including videos, online lectures, maps, images and an interactive GIS lab. Teachers can look for information by different topics.

Using GIS to Teach Common Core

A page created by Barbaree Duke; introducing how to use GIS for teaching math, reading and sharing other fun stuff in common core.

GELessons.com

GELessons is a free public resource providing teachers with the tools needed to enhance their instruction using Google Earth. Under the “Lessons”, there are several lesson plans and map resources.

Science Education Resources Center (SERC) – Teaching with GIS

The Pedagogic Service project is part of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. In the website they provided some lesson examples of using GIS in teaching geosciences. Some of the lessons are college level; teacher can modify as needed.

Science Education Resources Center – Teaching with Google Earth

In the website, they also provided information of teaching with Google Earth, including how to teach with Google Earth asnd Examples of Google Earth Activities.

Science Education Resources Center –  K-12 Mapping Activities

The Mapping Activities in the website only including activities for K-12 class; most of the activities needed to be done by using GIS, Google Earth and other Geo-technologies. Teachers  can search the activities by subjects.

3D Modeling in Secondary Education

3D Modeling in Secondary Education 2

There are some resources about building 3d models from the above website. Instead of building real 3d models, teacher can modify the above ideas into using the SketchUp. Teachers do not have to build the models by themselves; they can go to SketchUp – File – 3D warehouse and search for 3d models that already been built. For example, in Biology, if you are teaching DNA structure or Cells, there are models that already been built.

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