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YOU Make The GLOBE Program Work!

Dear GLOBE Teachers, Trainers, and Master Trainers:

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are gearing up for a major undertaking to transform the GLOBE Teachers Guide, and we need your help in making this effort a success.  The vision is to create a comprehensive professional development approach that

  • incorporates both online and person-to-person GLOBE training,

  • retains hands-on experiences for trainees,

  • making full use of the transformed Teachers Guide, and

  • is based on educational best practices for online and person-to-person training. 

With the ever-increasing use of technology in education, availability of asynchronous training will give more educators the opportunity to join GLOBE and enable their students to actively participate and enter data. A comprehensive professional development approach will strengthen and improve the effectiveness of GLOBE training overall. Transforming the Teachers Guide from a text based to a web based resource is an important undertaking, capitalizing on the refresh of the GLOBE data and information system that is near completion.

GLOBE has demonstrated how student collection of research quality data can provide useful environmental observations, better student understanding of science, and improved community engagement in the environment.  This project aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of new technology in supporting teacher training and professional development in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. To guide this project, we need your input to help determine what content is appropriate for online modules, what should remain exclusively person-to-person training, and what parts of the Teachers Guide should receive higher priority for online development.  As an expert in the implementation of GLOBE, your informed insight and perspectives will strengthen this effort as a collaborative exercise.

As a starting point for this project, you will be asked in a series of questions about the protocols that you have put to use in teaching students or training others.  Consider the points below about your GLOBE training when answering the questions:

  • Could you have learned the necessary skills to complete a particular protocol through an online video alone or in combination with written materials?

  • Could you have learned them more efficiently, thoroughly, or been better prepared to incorporate them in your teaching?

The amount of time that is needed to complete the questionnaire depends on your overall experience with the GLOBE protocols.  On average, this should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 

To begin the questionnaire, follow the instructions here.

The names of those completing the questionnaire by February 28, 20014, will be entered into a random drawing for five gift certificates of US $50 each.  Thank you in advance for your contribution in making GLOBE ever better!

Sincerely, Jill Karsten/NSF and Ming-Ying Wei/NASA

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News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office