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OBIS and EOL

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Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) and Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS) have teamed up to help educators explore local biodiversity through hands-on STEM learning opportunities. This collaboration will be presented at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Chicago, IL, USA in March of 2015. Resources are available at: http://eol.org/info/obis

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OBIS and EOL

  1. 1. NSTA SC-12: Explore Local Biodiversity with Encyclopedia of Life and OBIS Tracy Barbaro Erica Beck Spencer Joanna Snyder
  2. 2. ● Introductions ● Experience OBIS & EOL ○ Observations and Natural History ○ Winter Survival ○ Adaptations and Diversity ● BioBlitz & OBIS Activities ● Bring it together, next steps Agenda
  3. 3. ● In and out travel ● Staying warm outdoors ● We will take a break ● Mix and mingle ● Use your journal ● This is only the beginning Considerations
  4. 4. ● Who are we? ● Who are you? ○ Your name, your work ○ Where you are from ○ Personal goal from our day ● Handouts / Journal Introductions
  5. 5. Participants will: ● Be introduced to OBIS and EOL and the available resources. ● Engage in OBIS activities and explore connections to the EOL project/resource. ● Gain a better understanding of their target site and how to explore it further during different seasons. Short Course Goals
  6. 6. What tools and activities can we use to learn about local biodiversity? How can EOL and OBIS help stimulate curiosity about the natural world? Guiding Questions
  7. 7. NRC Framework: Scientific & Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions / Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Math and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing explanations / Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument 8. Evaluating and Communicating Information
  8. 8. What is the OBIS? ● Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies ● 97 Outdoor Activities Originally designed in late 1970s
  9. 9. What is the OBIS? ● Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies ● 97 Outdoor Activities Originally designed in late 1970s ... ● to explore ecology concepts ● in a local environment (typically urban) ● with kids ages 10-14 ● using inexpensive (homemade) equipment
  10. 10. Bugs, Worms and Others → What can you observe about a population of organisms that will give information about its natural history?
  11. 11. What is the Encyclopedia of Life? ● A free resource for information about life on Earth - plants, animals, fungi, micro-organisms. ● Taxon Pages, ranging from kingdom all the way down to the species level. ● Natural history information, data, multimedia. ● Tools and resources to support learning about biodiversity.
  12. 12. Where does the information on EOL come from? Species information on EOL comes from authoritative content partners, individuals scientists, citizen scientists, students and the general public. ..and many more
  13. 13. EOL Resources to Support “Bugs, Worms & Others”
  14. 14. Animal Natural History Stories Collection A collection is your own personalized collection of species pages (or images) that are interesting to you. You can add notes and share your collection. Each item links to an EOL taxon page. Anyone can make a collection. You can use the collection to make games, field guides and species cards.
  15. 15. Podcasts Over 70 podcasts about species with interesting natural history stories. Podcasts include scientist interviews, multimedia and related educational materials. http://podcast.eol.org/podcast
  16. 16. Animal Antifreeze → What aspects of the environment provide protection from the cold?
  17. 17. EOL Resources to Support “Animal Antifreeze”
  18. 18. Surviving Winter EOL Collection
  19. 19. Make Your Own Collection
  20. 20. Surviving Winter EOL Memory Game
  21. 21. Make Your Own EOL Memory Game 1.Locate the collection ID number ( i.e. eol.org/collections/9465) 2.Go to http://fieldguides.eol.org/memory/# and login. 3.Click on the “+” to add a new game. Enter the collection ID number. Choose if you want to make the game public.
  22. 22. ● Average child ages 8 – 18 spends 7.5 hours each day using entertainment media. (Rideout et. al., 2011) ● While organized sports have dramatically increased since 1960, so has childhood obesity. ● Average distance today’s parents let their children roam from home is 100 feet What the Research Says
  23. 23. ⇧ engagement ⇧ attention ⇧ achievement ⇧ sense of belonging ⇧ personal connection ➔ stewardship Richard Louv
  24. 24. ● Lack of outdoor play + focus on negative = Ecophobia ● Keep it positive and tangible ● Keep it local David Sobel: Beyond Ecophobia
  25. 25. Science The goal of scientific process is the construction of theories that provide explanatory accounts of the material world. Engineering The goal of engineering design is a systematic solution to problems that is based on scientific knowledge and models of the material world. NRC Framework: Scientific & Engineering Practices Science vs. Engineering
  26. 26. NRC Framework: Scientific & Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions / Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Math and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing explanations / Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument 8. Evaluating and Communicating Information
  27. 27. NRC Framework: Scientific & Engineering Practices Practices vs. Inquiry Ready, Set, Science! Putting research into work in K-8 classroom (Michaels, 2008) Science practice refers to: ● doing something repeatedly in order to become proficient (practicing the trumpet). ● learning something so thoroughly that it becomes second nature (practicing thrift). ● using one’s knowledge to meet an objective (practicing law or practicing teaching).
  28. 28. Invent an Animal → What features of camouflage best help animals blend into a habitat?
  29. 29. EOL Resources to Support “Invent an Animal”
  30. 30. Species Videos An Octopus changing its appearance, color and body structure (Video) A Pygmy Seahorse as it blends in with its coral host (Video) A cuttlefish hides among rock reefs and seaweed (Video) A canyon treefrog in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona, USA. (Video)
  31. 31. Creating Species Cards and Field Guides Create species fact cards or field guides from any EOL Collection, by using the collection url (i.e) http://eol.org/collections/113361 Create cards at: www.education.eol.org/cards Create field guides at: www.inaturalist.org/guides
  32. 32. A BioBlitz - or species inventory - is a fun activity that brings together non-scientists with scientists to help create a list of species for a specific location. A typical BioBlitz takes place over 24 hours, but they can also be organized as shorter or longer term events. Some last a few hours and some last a week or more. BioBlitz Resources EOL can support your BioBlitz in a number of ways: - Use EOL to learn more about species you may find. - Create a collection/checklist of local species on EOL, share the link with others. - Create species cards, a field guide or a game to support learning during or after the BioBlitz event.
  33. 33. Terrestrial ● Bean Bugs ● Out of Control ● Shake It! ● Sticklers OBIS: Exploring Biodiversity Aquatic ● Habitats of the Pond ● How Many Organisms Live Here? ● Water Holes to Mini-Ponds BioBlitz ● Animal Diversity ● Animals in the Grassland ● Plant Hunt
  34. 34. OBIS Online
  35. 35. OBIS Activity Search by… Activity Type - Experiments (12) - Collections (27) Content - Animal Behavior (25) - Biodiversity - Field Study (29) - Plants (25) Study Sites - Backyard (46) - Deserts (9) - Neighborhood Woods (46) - Schoolyard
  36. 36. OBIS Revision ● Considering the needs of modern educators and kids ● Current research (pedagogy, standards, behavior) OBIS will still ... ● explore ecology concepts in a local environments ● with kids ages 10-14 (with younger options) ● use inexpensive equipment (some still homemade) ● for all sorts of educators (informal and classroom).
  37. 37. EOL Next Steps • Improving accessibility of using the EOL website • Adding data that can be downloaded • Testing tools with educational groups both in and out of the classroom.
  38. 38. What tools and activities can we use to learn about local biodiversity? How can EOL and OBIS help stimulate curiosity about the natural world? Revisit the Guiding Questions

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