What is GIS? Activity – Key Features: • “layers” of information - all geo-referenced • Shape, line, point files • Ability to make queries Page 4
What is citizen science? Voluntary collection of data to contribute to a larger cause, question, or database. Examples: Page 5
What is FieldScope? A GIS- and web-based platform for exploring citizen science data Highlights – Learner Friendly – New data is being added all the time (it’s alive!) Page 6
What is geo-reasoning? Decision Making – Geographic (location, transportation) – Far-reaching (remote consequences) Systems Thinking – Human systems – Environmental systems – Human-environment interactions Source: Daniel Edelson, VP Education, NGEP Page 7
FieldScope and geo-reasoning Geographic Decision Making Page 8
How can I get my students involved? Get involved with a citizen science organization that is using FieldScope – FrogWatch USA – Project BudBurst – Trash Free Potomac Watershed – Nature Bridge – Olympic National Park – BioBlitz 2013 in New Orleans Stay tuned for “project builder” tools… – For updates check www.natgeoed.org/fieldscope Use FieldScope to explore issues as we just did Page 13
Going Deeper Which FieldScope project do you want to dive into more deeply? How can you see using it with your students? Page 14
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