Saturday, February 6, 2010

CSI Web Adventures - Lessons in Forensic Science

Rice University has partnered with CBS, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the National Science Foundation to produce educational web adventures based on the CSI television series. The web adventures are designed to teach students the process of forensic investigation and problem solving. There are three cases or levels to the CSI web adventures. Unlike a lot of educational games, the CSI Web Adventures are created with the highest quality graphics and navigational features.

Applications for Education
The CSI Web Adventures are great, educational activities for middle school and high school science students. The CSI Web Adventures are also useful for teaching a research and investigation process that can be useful in almost any content area in which students complete research assignments. The CSI Web Adventures teach students to pay attention to details and examine all of the available evidence before reaching a conclusion.

Week in Review - Most Popular Items

Someone recently asked me why I write a week in review post every week. The answer is simple, a lot of teachers don't have enough time to keep up with their RSS readers or emails during the week and end up clicking "mark all as read." This post gives those teachers a chance to find new material with just one click. This was never more clear than when earlier this week one of my colleagues, Mike Morrell, (who should be on Twitter by the way) told me that he saw something in the week in review that he missed during the week.

I usually like to post an update on the number of subscribers to Free Technology for Teachers, but FeedBurner has been reporting very wacky numbers for the last ten days. If anyone can figure out why, please let me know. That said, more people became fans of Free Technology for Teachers on Facebook this week. That group is now over approaching 1800. Thank you to everyone that has become a fan. As always, thank you to everyone that has shared this blog with your friends and colleagues.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last week:
1. How to Publish a Quiz Using Google Docs
2. View WWII Imagery in Google Earth
3. Mark Your Calendars - Google Apps Webinar
4. Win a "21st Century Classroom"
5. The History and the Purpose of the US Census
6. Math Run - A Fun Game for Practicing Math Skills
7. How to Make Placemarks and Tours in Google Earth

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The Volcanoes of Yellowstone

The USGS in partnership with the University of Utah produces the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory records and publishes data about volcanic activity in Yellowstone National Park. Much of the material on the site is very scientific in nature, but the Observatory website does offer some educational materials accessible to the non-scientist. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory offers three videos about the volcanoes of Yellowstone. The Observatory also offers photographic tours of Yellowstone.

Some other good resources for learning about Yellowstone National Park can be found in Google Earth. Turn on the National Geographic and Streetview layers to some excellent images from within the park.

Applications for Education
Yellowstone National Park is known for its natural wonders. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory provides some resources for high school science teachers to use in teaching about the geology of Yellowstone.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Tour Mount Redoubt in Google Earth
Forces of Nature - Earth Science Resources
Five Resources for Teaching About Earthquakes