From The Developers...
The online guides contain multimedia instructional modules
that investigate a variety of topics in the atmospheric and other related
in depth investigations
We have moved into the next evolution phase
of our online instructional modules.
The Online Guides (formerly known as
Guide to Meteorology)
are expanding beyond "meteorology" into other disciplines like
climate, remote sensing and global change. We will attempt to present these
topics not as individual sciences, but as integral components of a much
larger system...learning about the planet on which we live.
|These resources use multimedia and the dynamic nature of the web to
enhance the impact of these learning resources. Colorful diagrams,
animations, video plus links to real-time and archived data all contribute
to this process.
With the integration of new technologies, we strive to
make this an active learning environment for the user by increasing the amount
of interactivity between the user and computer.|
|Most of the instructional resources found in WW2010 were developed
through our involvement in the NSF-funded project called
Collaborative Visualization, or
CoVis. CoVis supports project-based learning in the sciences and the CoVis
community currently consists of nearly sixty high schools, middle and
elementary schools. Many of these instructional resources have been
tested in a classroom environment and have been refined based upon
student and teacher feedback.
El Niño Module
To illustrate an example,
we'll refer once again to the subject of cold fronts.
In the pages that follow, we'll demonstrate how the "guide" pages go into
much greater detail about topics than do the corresponding
concept helper pages. These pages not only
define (as in this case) what a cold front is,
but also investigates the development of precipitation
along a cold front and the importance of
cold fronts as a component of cyclones.