The WorldWatcher Project is
dedicated to the improvement of Earth and environmental science
education through the use of data visualization and analysis tools
to support inquiry-based pedagogy. Through an integrated program
of research and development, the WorldWatcher Project is advancing
our understanding of learning in the Earth and environmental sciences,
design of curriculum and educational software, and teacher professional
development. Equally important, the WorldWatcher Project is creating
useful and useable products for students and teachers at levels
ranging from middle school through college.
June 4, 2003
1. All Teacher Leadership Opportunities
have been filled!
The WorldWatcher Project has successfully filled all teacher leadership
positions for the 2003-2004 academic year. Thank you for your interest
and please see our Toyota Teacher Leader
page or email Kathleen
Schwille for more information on future opportunities.
2. WorldWatcher Project receives grant from Toyota USA Foundation!
WorldWatcher Project received a grant from the Toyota USA
Foundation to fund teacher support and professional development
efforts for Looking at the Environment, an innovative high
school environmental science curriculum. See recognition
for more information.
GIS Beta version JUST RELEASED!
MyWorld is the latest software developed by the WorldWatcher
Project. It a vector-based geographic information system software
designed for classroom use. It runs in Java on Windows NT, 98, ME,
2000, and MacOS X.
4. New release of WorldWatcher for Windows now available! 'LITE'
version also now updated!
WorldWatcher for Windows Version 3 Beta 13 was released on the 1st
of April. The new version improves on many of the old bugs in previous
versions. Proceed to the Download the Software
section to update your version of WorldWatcher. Also, a newly updated
WorldWatcher 'LITE' version was made available on June 28.
5. WorldWatcher now endorsed by the NASA's Earth Science Enterprise
NASA awards this distinction to products that have passed a
rigorous peer review by educators and scientists, including classroom
teachers and college faculty, education standards experts, curriculum
designers, teacher trainers, and Earth system scientists. For more
information on NASAís Earth Science Enterprise and its education
product review, see /web/20030802192857/http://earth.nasa.gov/education.
This research has been supported by the National
Science Foundation Programs in Applications of Advanced Technology
(AAT) and Instructional Materials Development under grants no. RED-9453715
and ESI-9720687 and by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science Mathematics,
Engineering and Technology Education under grant no. DGE-9714534.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed
in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily
reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
The WorldWatcher Project has also received
generous support from: