Montana State University

ERTH 591-802: K-14 Earth System Science

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Online
Sep 15-Dec 07, 2014
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $557.00 NSTA members 10% discount
Instructor(s): Gerald "Jerry" Nelson

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Course Description

Participants will learn to find the Internet's abundant digital Earth Systems Science (ESS) resources and use these resources to create integrated mathematics and science lessons. Participants will learn to adapt online resources to their own instructional environments at the K-14 levels.

ESS emphasizes the dynamic interrelationships among changes in the atmosphere, ocean circulation patterns, and environmental processes on and beneath the earth's surface. K-14 Earth System Science instruction is designed for K-14 teachers already familiar with using basic computer and Internet tools. Participants will integrate concepts from ESS with Internet resources, such as digital weather images, near-real-time earthquake data, and archived climate data. Necessary ESS scientific background is provided and effective pedagogical strategies are discussed for using computer technology with students at all levels K-14. Although the course science content is based in ESS, emphasis will be on the integration of mathematics, earth systems science, and Internet technology, using discovery and constructivist methods.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 6 - 9 hours per week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 2 credit graduate course.

Instructor(s)

Gerald "Jerry" Nelson, PhD. (Email: gnelson@caspercollege.edu) is a geology/geography professor at Casper College in Wyoming. Jerry was the Upper Grades team leader for the Network Montana Earth Systems Science Curriculum Project, helped write Wyoming's Earth Science standards, and was formerly Director and Curator of the Tate Geological Museum, which features many Wyoming dinosaurs.

Prerequisites

The course is designed primarily for Certified Teachers at the K-14 levels with an interest in integrating mathematics and science education with computer technology and Internet resources. Registrants must be Certified Teachers or permission of the instructor is required.

Time Commitment:

6-9 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Tuition$533.00
 Program Fee $17.00
 Computer Fee$7.00
 Total$557.00

NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on tuition.

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Optional Books/Materials:

  • A used geology or physical geography textbook.

The instructor will provide reading materials online. There is no required text, but participants are encouraged to obtain a used geology or physical geography textbook to use as a reference - particularly if they have never taken an earth science class.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

For questions regarding registration, contact Kelly Boyce by phone at (800)282-6062 or (406)994-6812, or by email at kboyce@montana.edu.

For questions regarding course content, contact Dr. Jerry Nelson at gnelson@caspercollege.edu

How to Register

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