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The Gulf Stream Voyage: Using Real Time Data in the Classroom

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The recent ingression of numerous scientific research sensor networks promises the potential to improve scientific knowledge and influence many societal issues including education. Until the availability of the Internet in classrooms, students used limited and outdated data sets to learn about dynamic earth systems. Internet access creates an important opportunity for students to obtain real-time data, providing them with engaging and up-to-date information. It is essential for research scientists to consider audiences beyond their own research community and think about how and where their data can be used for educational purposes, and to create engaging, clear, concise displays of data in an effort to reach non-scientific audiences. Scientific real-time data sources displayed in a "friendly" manner have been used in classrooms for several years resulting in the discovery of several significant educational advantages including: the infusion of inquiry-based learning, fostering problem solving skills, addressing several learning styles, and student relevance. As an example of ways in which scientific real-time data can be adapted for use in the classroom, this paper describes The Gulf Stream Voyage which is an Internet-based multidisciplinary project that utilizes both real-time data and primary source materials to help guide students to discover the science and history of the Gulf Stream.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2005-12-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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