The Habitable Planet is a multimedia course for high school teachers and adult learners interested in studying environmental science. The Web site provides access to course content and activities developed by leading scientists and researchers in the field.
Type of Material:
Online interactive course material.
High school classes in environmental science and professional development workshops for teachers. Also, Boy Scouts working on the Sustainability Merit Badge.
broadband streaming videos Adobe PDF
Identify Major Learning Goals:
This course is divided into separate units, designed for teachers, educators and adult learners with a science background who want to learn more about current issues in environmental science.
Target Student Population:
high school through college students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic science background.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Science magazine have awarded The Habitable Planet Web site its SPORE prize, the science prize for online resources in education. The prize recognizes freely available online materials that enrich science education. The Habitable Planet was one of 12 selected from an international field by a panel of 16 scientists and nine teachers.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This course can be used several difference ways by difference types of people. It include 13 interactive units that can be used separately or as part of the whole course. Each unit includes an online textbook, free streaming videos, an interactive lab, visuals, and a PDF professional development guide. A glossary i also included for each unit.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This course is very easy to use, and visually appealing. It all seems to be open access.
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