TERC’s free online middle school science modules, Study of Place (www.studyofplace.com), have been chosen to be included in the January 2004 edition of Digital Dozen, a list of exemplary web sites for educators selected by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC). The list is published each month at ENC Online (enc.org). You can see this month's Digital Dozen athttp://enc.org/weblinks/dd/.
Study of Place consists of two modules, one about Antarctic exploration based on ShackletonÂ’s 1914 expedition and another about ocean currents. The two units from Study of Place are designed to take about two weeks each to complete, and they answer some interesting questions, such as How did explorers survive Antarctic winters? and Why did an ice shelf the size of Rhode Island break off the coast of Antarctica?
Study of Place was developed under a grant from the National Science Foundation and consists of a series of activities and investigations that include readings and experiments and assessments. Study of Place uses the same resources that scientists use to learn more about Earth science and geography.
ENC selects Digital Dozen sights sites for their current and accurate math and/or science content. Sites must support school improvement efforts and have useful multimedia features or helpful navigation.
ENC is funded by the United States Department of Education and administered by The Ohio State University. ENC collects both physical and virtual resources useful to math and science educators. As part of its mission to serve educators across the nation, each month ENC chooses a dozen sites to highlight.