This web portal is a one-stop shop for high school and college educators interested in learning about and working with Google Earth. Created by Glenn Richard of the Mineral Physics Institute at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University—and housed online by the Science Education Resource Center Pedagogic Service at Carleton College (Minn.)—the portal provides access to a wide range of materials such as articles with basic information about Google Earth (e.g., What Is Google Earth?, Why Teach with Google Earth?), practical user guides (e.g., Google Earth Tip Sheet, Working With Keyhole Markup Language), and links for further learning. Teachers can also access ready-to-use classroom/field activities (e.g., Environmental Reconnaissance of a Salt Marsh, Renewable Energy) using Google Earth and share their own Google Earth activities online.
Educators will discover a wealth of K–12 STEM curricula and other materials to foster students’ thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) website. Highlights include The Harnessed Atom, a middle level curriculum featuring lessons, games, and teacher presentations covering the essential principles of energy and matter, and STEM Topic videos (for teachers), which explore topics from Using Fairy Tales to Teach Math and Engineering in Lower Elementary School to an Introduction to Probeware in the Classroom (Vernier). Another notable resource is the Bioenergy Workforce Development curriculum, a collection of interdisciplinary lessons and activities developed by the DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office for exploring bioenergy topics in middle and high school classrooms.