Some New Additions for Exploring the Environment

The Exploring the Environment–Global Climate Change (ETE-GCC) project builds on the award winning Exploring the Environment site. The new project involves creating several new modules focused on global climate change. In 2011 the design team created four modules for pilot testing: Global Temperatures, Ice Caps and Sea Levels, Human Health, and Drought.

The new problem-based learning modules present an updated theoretical approach to problem-based learning that is somewhat different from the legacy Exploring the Environment modules. The new modules focus more on scientific inquiry, use of satellite imagery, and incorporation of teaching strategies recommended in recent problem-based learning educational research. Accompanying the modules are teacher pages that discuss improved pedagogical strategies. The ETE-GCC modules will update, enhance, and expand existing modules with new material that focuses strictly on global climate change topics. They will feature data that incorporate current NASA tools for studying global climate change data.
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