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The Intersection of Science Standards and the Real World
Erika Klose, West Virginia Department of Education
GIS is increasingly being used in classrooms in the state of West Virginia, through a state-wide K-12 license through ESRI. While GIS most easily lends itself to geography and the environmental sciences, it is also a powerful teaching tool in other disciplines. GIS can be used in teaching traditionally non-spatial topics, by adding a geospatial slant to a chosen type of data. This presentation will include a series of lessons designed to teach core science knowledge with a geospatial slant, the end goal being the intersection of standards-based core science content and real world applications. This presentation will also showcase a partnership between a number of WV GIS professional organizations and classroom teachers seeking to add authentic GIS experiences to their student’s education.

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  1. 1. The Intersection of Science Standards and the Real World Erika Klose WV Department of Education & Winfield Middle School, Winfield, WV
  2. 2. Erika KloseWVDE and Winfield Middle SchoolUSGS Geologist / GIS user turned teacherManage WV K12 statewide license and train WV teachers
  3. 3. NGSS Standards ConnectionsScience and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
  4. 4. NGSS Standards Connections Disciplinary Core IdeasPhysical SciencesMatter and Its Interactions, Motion and Stability: Forces andInteractions, Energy, Waves and Their Applications in Technologiesfor Information TransferLife SciencesFrom Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes, Ecosystems:Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics, Heredity: Inheritance andVariation of Traits, Biological Evolution: Unity and DiversityEarth and Space SciencesEarth’s Place in the Universe, Earth’s Systems, Earth and HumanActivityEngineering, Technology, and the Applications of ScienceEngineering Design , Links Among Engineering, Technology, Scienceand Society
  5. 5. Encouraging the use of ArcGIS as a “comprehensive” teaching tool
  6. 6. Encouraging the use of ArcGIS as a “comprehensive” teaching tool
  7. 7. Encouraging the use of ArcGIS as a “comprehensive” teaching toolUV at the surface increasesabout 6% per kilometerabove sea level.Clear skies allow 100% of theincoming UV radiation from thesun to reach the surface, whereasscattered clouds transmit 89%,broken clouds transmit 73%, andovercast conditions transmit 31%.UV Calculation - 400 x 1.06 x 0.73 = 309.5 / 25 = 12.4
  8. 8. Encouraging the use of ArcGIS as a “comprehensive” teaching tool
  9. 9. Make it spatial if it’s not!
  10. 10. Make it spatial if it’s not!
  11. 11. Make it spatial if it’s not!
  12. 12. Use all the capabilities!
  13. 13. Use all the capabilities!
  14. 14. Bringing varied content to teachers would be impossible without our GIS Partners!