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Work-in-Progress: Authentic Data in the Science Classroom Using Google Maps (Grades 9-16) - A Model and Evaluation

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Computers in Education Division Poster Session

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Computers in Education

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25.1487.1 - 25.1487.12



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David N Raizen UMES

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David Raizen is a graduate student and full time high school teacher in Wicomico Co. Maryland. His teaching subjects range from Computer Science to Biology to Geometry to Environmental Science, while his academic studies can best be described as Environmental Informatics. He lives with his wife Elisha, two children, Ben and Maia, and three dogs, and enjoys music, hiking and home brewing in his spare time.

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri is currently a professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Nagchaudhuri is a member of ASME and ASEE professional societies and is actively involved in teaching and research in the fields of robotics and control, remote sensing and precision agriculture, and biofuels and renewable energy. He received his M.S. degree from Tulane University in 1989 and Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 1992.

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Madhumi Mitra Ph.D University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Work in Progress: Authentic Data in the Science Classroom Using Google Maps (grades 9-16) - A Model and EvaluationThe Google Maps JavaScript Application Programmer Interface (API) provides a simple andeffective resource for creating custom Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Systems built inthis way alleviate many of the barriers to entry of GIS systems for use in education, such as highcost, complex software installation, and challenging hardware requirements by providing asystem that is free of cost and requires nothing more than Internet access and a web browser touse. This stud focuses on the creation of such a system for the study of eutrophication (nutrient-enrichment) in The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States and a vital resourceproviding food, jobs, habitat, recreation, and other benefits to the millions of people who live andwork in its watershed. The bay is a fragile resource made especially vulnerable to eutrophicationdue to its long dendritic shoreline and the many human activities that are prevalent, includinghigh concentrations of agricultural activities as well as several major population centers.Protection of this resource through promoting environmentally responsible behavior (ERB) canbe an important part of environmental science curricula throughout the state and beyond. Whilelarge amounts of environmental monitoring data are readily available to the general public, thereremain large obstacles to the use of these data in secondary (grades 9-12) through undergraduatescience classrooms. This project discusses the integration of community data and computermodels into a web-based teaching tool. This tool allows students to access authentic waterquality, bay health, and land use data from a variety of sources including the Chesapeake BayProgram’s Phase 5 Watershed Model. Such an innovative approach through engaged learningincorporating authentic data has profoundly impacted the processing skills of students. Unitplans for secondary and undergraduate classrooms based on this tool and designed to incorporateNational Science Education Standards related to inquiry and systems, personal, and socialperspectives are evaluated using pre- and post-tests of ERB indicators for students. Initial resultsindicate improvement in students ERB while several areas of potential improvement of theproject are indicated.

Raizen, D. N., & Nagchaudhuri, A., & Mitra, M. (2012, June), Work-in-Progress: Authentic Data in the Science Classroom Using Google Maps (Grades 9-16) - A Model and Evaluation Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22244

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