Precollege Teacher Enhancement and Leadership Training
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DataStreme Ocean has major support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct a Teacher Enhancement Project with a strong leadership component. An innovative Internet-based distance-learning course directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers, has been developed and is being implemented nationwide. The course, DataStreme Ocean, explores the ocean in the Earth system with special emphasis on (1) the flow and transformations of water and energy into and out of the ocean, (2) the internal properties and workings of the ocean, (3) interactions between the ocean and the other components of the Earth system (hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere), and (4) the human/societal impacts on and response to those interactions. It is designed after the other highly successful DataStreme distance-learning courses.
The DS Ocean course is the initial step in the training of Ocean Resource Teachers is their participation in the DS Ocean distance-learning course. The 13-week course is offered twice a year to selected participants. It is designed to enhance public understanding of the fluid Earth system emphasizing the atmospheric, ocean, and hydrologic sciences through the use of electronically transmitted environmental data and learning materials combined with Text readings and Investigations Manual activities and Current Ocean Studies online investigations. Teachers will become their school's representative as part of a major national science education program conducted by the American Meteorological Society.
Who can participate in
Teachers who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, or teachers who are teaching in schools with large numbers of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, are especially urged to apply.
How is the DataStreme Ocean
The DataStreme Ocean course is offered through DataStreme Ocean Local Implementation Teams (LITs) that are located around the country. LITs, typically composed of three members, coordinate the selection and delivery of the course to approximately eight teacher participants each semester. Each team advertises the local course availability, recruits and selects participants, arranges and holds local meetings, individually mentors participants on course understandings and activities, provides participant evaluations, and assists in developing Resource Teacher action plans. Each LIT is composed of at least one master precollege teacher and most include one professional oceanographer, hydrologist, meteorologist or environmental scientist.
DataStreme Central, located at the AMS Education Office, is a team that develops instructional materials, provides logistical support to the LITs, conducts the credit-bearing course in which most DataStreme Ocean participants enroll, and administers the overall project.
What equipment do I need for
What does DataStreme Ocean do for
All participants are enrolled in a 3 semester-hour graduate course, entitled ESC 676 Real-Time Ocean Studies, through the State University of New York College at Brockport. Credit is awarded upon successfully completing course requirements the same semester as the course is taken.
What must I do after the DataStreme
DataStreme Ocean expects to develop a long-term working relationship with DataStreme Ocean course participants. The goal is to upgrade scientific literacy by motivating teachers and through them, their students, to develop and nurture active interests in science, mathematics, and technology.
If there is no LIT listed near you or in your state, inquiries may be sent to find out about joining a LIT outside your area by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified of the status of your application by the local LIT leader. Enrollment is limited and selection is based on a number of criteria.
NOAA and NSF support DataStreme Ocean. The State University of New York at Brockport, NY awards graduate-level academic credit for DataStreme Ocean. The AMS provides financial support for the program and encourages its membership to take part as LIT members.
DataStreme Ocean is primarily funded by NOAA.
Meteorological Society Last updated 09-12-2012