New math and science standards focus on depth of learning and gaining practical scientific skills that can be best achieved by using rich data sources and by participating in actual science.
Access to rich data is has traditionally been out of reach in a classroom setting and schools have few sources for long-term environmental monitoring. Novel computer-based approaches to study the environment represent a unique medium to learn practical business skills and instill important lessons about health and nutrition. Teachers are finding that learning through inquiry using real-time authentic data represents a unique way to keep students engaged and informed about their local environment.
Keeping students engaged can be a huge challenge. One simple way to solve it is to have students actively involved in performing real science - get out into the field, make observations, enter some data and analyze it, and come up with their own questions to aks and answer experimentally.
myObservatory can help serve as the hub where students collaborate on collected data for analysis in a classroom project setting, providing structure to student activities and data collection.
Long-term data storage combined with access restrictions means that a project can be continued through several semesters of a given course, for long-term data collection and analysis. Students who have finished a course may continue to have read-only access to data, or could continue to work with a project to build toward senior papers or a master's thesis.
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|Price per Institution||Free||Free
(please e-mail us proof of nonprofit status)
|Free for first month, then...
|Total Storage Available||500 MB||10 GB||100 GB|
|Multiple Users with Access Levels||1 User Only||50 Full Users
Up to 15 View-Only Users
|50 Full Users
Up to 15 View-Only Users
contact us for more users
|Full Mobile Site|
Desktop Mapping Functions
|Quick Zoom Tools|
|Map Query Tool|
|Raster Animation Viewer|
Desktop Data Management Functionality
|Core Data Management Tools|
|Manage Locations Tools|
|Guided View & Access Data Tool|
|Generate Charts and Statistics|
Desktop Data Upload Tools
|Data Point / Record Limit||500,000||10,000,000|
|Guided Excel/CSV Upload|
|Hand Drawn Shapes||Limited to 3 Collections|
|Upload KML Files|
|Upload Raster Animations|
|Customizable Data Collection Forms||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
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