Teachers / Formal Educators' Roadmap

Welcome to GLOBE!

To help Educators navigate the GLOBE Program and website, we've created this roadmap that contains common tasks users perform after creating their account.  Click on a section header to open that section to find tasks to perform.  The tasks are listed in the order they should be completed. Each section contains a link to the complete tutorial, if available.
Required Task to Become a GLOBE Educator (untrained level)
Required Tasks to Become a GLOBE Educator

US Members Will See:

When you created your account, your request to be a GLOBE Educator was sent to your selected GLOBE Partner / GLOBE Support team.

​​​​​​​You should receive an email a few days after your account was created to notify you regarding your approval status.

​​​​​​​Contact The GLOBE Support team if you have any questions about the approval process.
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​​​​​​​Once Approved (the check box above should turn green):
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​​​​​​​You will achieve the GLOBE Educator-untrained status.  This level allows you to:

  • Have your organization become a GLOBE school/organization.
  • Create and manage students accounts (see Step 6 below).
  • Get your own personal public page to share your activities, and accomplishments (see Step 5 below).
  • Get training and assistance from your GLOBE Partner
  • Get listed in search results on the GLOBE website.

Plus, the capabilities you already have with a basic GLOBE Observer account:

  • Enter observations for the citizen science protocols, currently Clouds, Land Cover, Mosquito Habitat Mapper, Trees, and (when appropriate) Eclipse, using the GLOBE Observer app.
  • Create GLOBE Teams (see Step 6 below).
  • Showcase your student's work by uploading their research reports to the GLOBE website (see Step 9 below).

International Members Will See:

When you created your account, your request to be a GLOBE Educator was sent to your Country Coordinator.

​​​​​​​You should receive an email a few days after your account was created to notify you regarding your approval status.

​​​​​​​Contact The GLOBE Support team if you have any questions about the approval process.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Once Approved (the check box above should turn green):​​​​​​​
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You will be approved to complete your formal training to become a GLOBE Educator (See Step 2 below).
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While waiting to be approved, you can begin entering data and perform other capabilities with your basic account. These include:

  • Enter observations for the citizen science protocols, currently Clouds, Land Cover, Mosquito Habitat Mapper, Trees, and (when appropriate) Eclipse, using the GLOBE Observer app.
  • Create GLOBE Teams (see Step 6 below).
  • Showcase your student's work by uploading their research reports to the GLOBE website (see Step 7 below).​​​​​​
Optional Task to Access All Protocols and Other Capabilities

US Members Will See:

Get eTrained or Attend an In-Person / Virtual Workshop

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​​​​​​​What’s covered in the training:

  • Get an in-depth overview of the GLOBE program and teacher involvement.
  • Get an introduction to the Earth Science Sphere that interests you.
  • Learn about your selected GLOBE protocol(s), how to define data sites, take measurements and analyze the data.


Once formally trained, you will achieve the full GLOBE Educator status that will give you the following additional capabilities:

  • Unlock data entry for all of the GLOBE’s protocols.
  • Post to forums.
  • Friend other members to share ideas and collaborate.
  • Create personal blogs to share your GLOBE stories.
  • Get full management capabilities of your organization and personal My Page.

​​​​​​​See tasks below for more information on these capabilities.

International Members Will See:

Get eTrained or Attend an In-Person / Virtual Workshop

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What’s covered in the training:

  • Get an in-depth overview of the GLOBE program and teacher involvement.
  • Get an introduction to the Earth Science Sphere that interests you.
  • Learn about your selected GLOBE protocol(s), how to define data sites, take measurements and analyze the data.


Once formally trained, you will achieve the GLOBE Educator status that will give you the following additional capabilities:

  • Have your organization become a GLOBE school/organization.
  • Create and manage students accounts.
  • Get your own personal public page to share your activities, and accomplishments.
  • Unlock data entry for all of GLOBE’s protocols.
  • ​​​​​​​Friend other members to share ideas.
  • Get training and assistance from your Country Coordinator
  • ​​​​​​​Post to forums
  • Get listed in search results on the GLOBE website.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​See tasks below for more information on these capabilities.​​​​​​​
Your Accounts & Organizations
Verify / Update Your Account Information
  • Access your account settings
  • Manage your personal information and password
  • Upload a profile image
  • Check your training records
  • Check to make sure your organization name is correct
​​​​​​​Open Your Account Settings
Setup / Verify Your GLOBE School Organization
  • Access your school profile to ensure the information (address, lat/long, etc.) is correct.
  • View your school's page to verify the information. Are you listed as a member?
  • Get your school's referral code (used to allow others to join your school).

Note: You should have the school manager role, by default, to manage your school.
Contact the GLOBE Help Desk if you cannot access your school information.

A My Page is the page for others to learn about you and is your 'dashboard' to manage and track your student's observations, create personal blogs, and communicate with GLOBE 'friends'.

​​​​​​​Click on the profile icon at the top right of any page and then select 'My Page' or View the Tutorials to learn more.

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GLOBE Teams
GLOBE Teams is a way of putting students into data groups.  Each GLOBE Team has its own page that displays the total observations of each team member, data site locations and total team measurements by protocol.
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  • Learn what GLOBE Teams are and how they are used by reading the introduction to GLOBE teams.
  • Create as many teams as needed for your students.
  • Manage teams to set up the data period for the upcoming school year.
  • Access and share your GLOBE Team pages.

Student Accounts
Student Accounts are GLOBE accounts created by teachers and used by students which ensure student privacy and protection by providing an anonymous email login to record GLOBE measurements.  Students use these accounts to log-into the GLOBE website and app to enter their observations.

​​​​​​​View the tutorials to learn how to:
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  • Create and manage your student accounts through a portal on your dashboard (My Page).
  • Create up to 20 accounts at a time (300 in total with your account).
  • Assign fun system-generated screen names to track student's observations.
  • Export student accounts to an Excel or Google classroom.
​​​​​​​For Older Students

US Members Will See:

Instead of using GLOBE Student Accounts,  older students (13+) who have their own personal email accounts and appropriate permissions, can create a GLOBE Observer account directly by downloading the GLOBE Observer App.

Note: students with GLOBE Observer accounts will only be able to enter measurements for the app-based citizen science protocols. To enter measurements for all GLOBE protocols, they will be required to complete an e-training course.
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During the account creation process, students can join your school by entering the school's referral code (which you can provide to them). Alternatively, they can navigate to your school or team page and join it with the referral code. See tutorial on finding the referral code.

International Members Will See:

Instead of using GLOBE Student Accounts,  older students who have their own personal email accounts and appropriate permissions, can create a GLOBE Observer account directly by downloading the GLOBE Observer App.

​​​​​​​Note: Students with GLOBE Observer accounts will only be able to enter measurements for the 4 citizen science protocols. To enter measurements for all GLOBE protocols, they will need to use a Student Account.
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During the account creation process, students can join your school by entering the school's referral code (which you can provide to them). Alternatively, they can navigate to your school or team page and join it with the referral code. See tutorial on finding the referral code.
Resources
Determine Which Protocol You Would Like to Study / Teach
  • Navigate to the GLOBE Protocols (Teacher's Guide) section to research the GLOBE Protocols. These are organized by the 4 Earth spheres - Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere and Pedosphere.

  • ​​​​​​​After deciding on a GLOBE protocol, view or download the required instructional documents and materials. These documents can be found on each Protocol page. See Clouds, for example. Documents include:

    • ​​​​​​​Protocol Instructions

    • ​​​​​​​Field Guides

    • Data Sheets

    • Learning Activities
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  • ​​​​​​​Study the appropriate e-Training modules for additional training, and become e-certified in that protocol, if desired.


Access Educator Resources for Doing GLOBE in Your Classroom

Use the Find a Project Collaborator tool to find GLOBE community members who are interested in collaborating on GLOBE projects, protocols or other activities.

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Data Entry

Download the free app to enter measurements immediately for the citizen science protocols – Clouds, Mosquito Habit Mapper, Land Cover, Trees, and Eclipse (when appropriate).

After becoming formally trained, either through a GLOBE Workshop or online via eTraining, use the app to enter measurements for all GLOBE Protocols.
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Learn more about the GLOBE Observer App and how to download it.

Have Your Students Take GLOBE Observations
Log-into the GLOBE Observer app or use the desktop version to setup data sites and enter observations.

​​​​​​​Explore the tutorials to learn how to:
  • Setup data sites
  • ​​​​​​​Navigate the data entry forms
  • Use Bundles
  • ​​​​​​​Connect Weather Stations to GLOBE

Track Your Student's Observations
  • Use the 'My Students / Team Members' portlet on your Dashboard (My Page) to track your students.
  • Both Student Accounts and regular accounts used by students can be tracked on the portlet.
  • ​​​​​​​See students' observations on their My Observations page.
Data Retrieval and Analysis
Data Visualization & Retrieval

Use one of the 3 tools on the website to view and download your students' data:

  • ​​​​​​​Visualization System - Good for viewing data on a map or chart and for comparing data from multiple sites.

  • ​​​​​​​Advanced Data Access Tool (ADAT) - Good for downloading large amounts of data to a spreadsheet.

  • ​​​​​​​GLOBE API - The GLOBE API is focused on supporting developers who want to use a programmatic interface to retrieve GLOBE data.


Analyze the Data and Create Reports

Discover student projects from around the world with GLOBE's easy-to-use database. From studies on bacteria in the Mississippi River to microplastics in the Adriatic Sea, students and teachers can browse a wealth of student-conducted research to spark their next scientific inquiry. They can also filter the reports through various search parameters to find exactly what they are looking for.

Students can upload their own student research reports to share their results with the world using a Student Account or a GLOBE Observer account.

​​​​​Learn more about Student Research Reports.

The International Virtual Science Symposium is an opportunity for GLOBE students to showcase their research to the rest of the community. Projects are judged by prestigious scientists across dozens of GLOBE nations. Students are eligible for stipends and GLOBE badges.
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Students may submit a project on any topic, but they are encouraged to align their research with the year’s theme.

​​​​​​​Learn more about the IVSS
Participant in GLOBE Measurement Campaigns / Projects

Contribute to worldwide science initiatives, collaborate with a global participant network, and learn more about Earth science systems with our GLOBE Measurement Campaigns and Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs).

Learn more


Become a GLOBE Trainer or Partner (U.S.)

US Members Will See:

You can expand your involvement with GLOBE by becoming a GLOBE trainer or a GLOBE Partner (U.S.). A GLOBE Trainer is an individual that leads in-person workshops to certify other GLOBE educators. A GLOBE Partner is an organization that also provides training and support for educators and students.

​​​​​​​Learn more about being a U.S. Partner

International Members Will See:

You can expand your involvement with GLOBE by becoming a GLOBE trainer.  A GLOBE Trainer is an individual that leads in-person workshops to certify other GLOBE educators.