[ESIP-all] Real-time Data in Education Settings at TOS/ASLO 2004 Ocean Research Conference

Kenneth Casey Kenneth.Casey at noaa.gov
Fri Aug 8 16:31:27 EDT 2003

Dear Colleagues:
Aloha!  As many of you are aware by now, The Oceanography Society (TOS) 
and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) are 
co-sponsoring the 2004 Ocean Research Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, 
this coming February 15-20 (http://aslo.org/honolulu2004/).  We invite 
your participation in the following special session:

SS6.04: Using Real-time Environmental Data for Education
   Organizers: Michiko Martin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration -
   National  Marine Sanctuaries (michiko.martin at noaa.gov) and Ken Casey 
National Oceanic and
   Atmospheric Administration - National Oceanographic Data Center 
(ken.casey at noaa.gov)

   The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 98% of 
public schools and 77% of
   all instructional classrooms in the United States are connected to 
the Internet, with over
   three-fourths of these schools wired with fast, dedicated lines such 
as 56Kb, T1, and DS3
   lines (Cattagni and Westat, 2001). The numerous schools connected to 
the Internet discover
   rich resources readily available at the click of a button. In the 
sciences, the ability to access
   real-time or near real-time datasets provides educators the mechanism 
whereby students
   become researchers with the ability to observe phenomena, pose 
explanations to describe
   what they see, devise and conduct tests to support their theories, 
analyze data, draw
   conclusions from experimental data, and design and build models-the 
essence of
   inquiry-based teaching (Budnitz, 2000), the learning model most 
supported by the National
   Science Education Standards (1996). While the potential to nurture 
the young minds of
   budding scientists is enormous, so too are the challenges associated 
with introducing live
   data streams into the classroom. As articulated by the National 
Oceanographic Partnership
   Program (2002), there is a genuine need to identify realistic 
strategies and protocols for using
   real-time observatory data in educational settings. This special 
session will address these
   issues, especially within the context of how researchers and 
educators can team together to
   improve and simplify access to relevant datasets in both formal and 
informal education in a
   manner that enhances public use and understanding of environmental 

Abstracts are due on October 1 and should be submitted electronically 
through the conference web site at:


To assist the organizing committee in assigning your abstract to our 
special session, please use the session code:  SS6.04.  During the 
abstract submission process, you will be required to register for the 
conference as well.

We are very excited about this special session, and look forward to your 
participation.  If you have any questions, please contact Michiko 
(michiko.martin at noaa.gov) or Ken (ken.casey at noaa.gov).

Thanks, and see you in Hawaii!

Full Contact Information:

Kenneth.Casey at noaa.gov
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring MD 20910
301-713-3272 ext 133

Michiko Martin
National Education Coordinator
NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program
1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM-6, 11th Floor
Silver Spring, MD  20910
(voice) 301-563-1124
(fax) 301-713-0404
Michiko.Martin at noaa.gov

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