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Ecocaching

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Ecocaching

  1. 2. Members <ul><li>Janice Arden : Enka High School, 9 th Grade Earth/Environmental Science, Candler, NC. </li></ul><ul><li>Heather Howle : West Feliciana Middle, 8 th Grade Earth Science, St Francisville, LA </li></ul><ul><li>Brad Ward : Forest Lake Area High School, 10-12 th Grade Biology, St Paul, MN </li></ul><ul><li>Betsy Wilkening : Wilson K-8, 7 th Grade Science, Tucson, AZ </li></ul><ul><li>Julia Koble : Central Campus High School, 10 th Grade Biology, Minot, ND </li></ul>
  2. 3. Project Goals <ul><li>Students collect data to document changes in their ecosystem over the school year. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will analyze data and make comparisons of the different school biomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Guided student inquiry will lead to a deeper understanding of the different ecosystems. </li></ul><ul><li>Student data collection and analysis will lead to “What if………then why” questions. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Data <ul><li>Soundscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>GPS Coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>Temperatures (Avg monthly max/min) </li></ul><ul><li>Hours of Daylight </li></ul><ul><li>Plants </li></ul><ul><li>Animals </li></ul><ul><li>Altitude </li></ul><ul><li>Date/Time </li></ul>
  4. 5. Process/Project Plan <ul><li>Students collect data according to teachers’ schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Data uploaded to Google Doc </li></ul><ul><li>Project Wiki will be set up </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each school will have a page for discussion item </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Images/Sounds uploaded to Google Earth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools will each have own folder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When folder updates are ready .kmz files uploaded to wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project folder will be created out of all .kmz files to share data </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Expected Timeline <ul><li>Students will start taking data ASAP </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers will guide students </li></ul><ul><li>Individual schools will set up own sampling schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers will develop culminating projects using data at year-end </li></ul>
  6. 7. Tools <ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity/Garage Band </li></ul><ul><li>Wix.com </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>LeafSnap </li></ul><ul><li>Photo Editing SW </li></ul><ul><li>Cameras/computers/smartphones/GPS/audio recorders,…. </li></ul>

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