Many national and statewide programs throughout the K-12 science education environment teach students about science in a hands-on format, including programs such as Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE), Project Learning Tree (PLT), Project Wild, Project Wet, and Hoosier River Watch. Partnering with one or more of these well-known programs can provide many benefits to both the scientists involved in disseminating research and the K-12 educators. Scientists potentially benefit by broader dissemination of their research by providing content enrichment for educators. Educators benefit by gaining understanding in content, becoming more confident in teaching the concept, and increasing their enthusiasm in teaching the concepts addressed.
Here we discuss an innovative framework for professional development that was implemented at Purdue University, Indiana in July 2013. The professional development incorporated GLOBE protocols with iPad app modules and interactive content sessions from faculty and professionals. By collaborating with the GLOBE program and scientists from various content areas, the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University successfully facilitated a content rich learning experience for educators. Such activity is promoted and supported by Purdue University Libraries where activities such as Purdue’s GIS Day are efforts of making authentic learning sustainable in the State of Indiana and for national consideration.
K-12 education, GLOBE Program, collaboration
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Smith, Steven; Wegner, Kristin; Branch, Benjamin D.; Miller, Bridget; Schulze, Darrell G.; and Bessenbacher, Ann M., "Using Existing Programs as Vehicles to Disseminate Knowledge, Provide Opportunities for Scientists to Assist Educators, and to Engage Students in Using Real Data." (2013). Libraries Faculty and Staff Presentations. Paper 67.