How to utilize BIOS DataBytes?
DataBytes are designed to showcase oceanographic and atmospheric concepts with real-world datasets in ways that make them easier to interpret and understand for educational audiences. Supporting media describe how these data were collected so that educators and students can make a direct connection to the source of the data. Access to real-world, quality-controlled data allows students to move away from working with modular, or small, data sets collected through classroom activities, and manipulate larger datasets that have been collected by BIOS.
We suggest these datasets are used to augment concepts in current science courses to promote conversations in the classroom. Utilizing research multimedia is a useful way to introduce how these data were collected. Data visualization can then be shared to illustrate larger oceanographic and atmospheric trends, such as hypoxia and the biological carbon pump. Datasets can then be downloaded for students to manipulate and reproduce illustrations and probe the data to answer different questions rooted in fundamental concepts. Each dataset will host a probe, which is a list of questions that educators and students can utilize to promote critical thinking about fundamental scientific concepts.
What Age Group can you use these resources?
BIOS DataBytes focuses on resources and activities for educators teaching advanced high school level science courses and introductory college/university coursework.