TG How Can I Assess Student Learning?

{ GSS Teacher Guide Index } { All GSS Books } Assessment can be thought of as the collection of evidence to show whether or not students are achieving the objectives of the course. In deciding how to collect data it’s useful to think of the different reasons for assessment. One is for diagnostic purposes, […]

TG What Teaching Methods Should I Use?

{ GSS Teacher Guide Index } { All GSS Books } If the key to effective learning could be summed up in one word, it would probably be “interaction.” Getting your students to discuss the issues, to disagree and challenge each other, to collaborate on laboratory problems, and to help each other in homework activities […]

TG What Will My Students Learn?

{ GSS Teacher Guide Index } { All GSS Books } Summary of What Students Will Learn GSS Students will… 1. Grow to appreciate the unique qualities of Earth’s environment. 2. Increase their knowledge of the total Earth system. 3. Learn how human activites are changing the global environment. 4. See how personal decisions can […]


{ GSS Teacher Guide Index } { All GSS Books } The eleven Student Books are shown in the map below in four groups, with the first book, A New World View, introducing the others. It is helpful to keep in mind that A New World View is short, and is intended to take no more than two […]

TG Introduction

{ GSS Teacher Guide Index } { All GSS Books } The Global System Science Series  Global Systems Science (GSS) is an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand  problems of global impact. There are many ways to incorporate GSS books with […]

Teacher Guide for GSS

{ To GSS Books } TEACHER GUIDE CONTENTS Introduction 1. Map of the GSS Course 4. How Can I Customize GSS for My Students? 7. How is GSS Related to Science Education Reform? 2. What is Global Systems Science? 5. What Teaching Methods Should I Use? 8. How Was GSS Created? 3. What Will My […]

DEW Future

{ Digital Earth Watch Contents } { All GSS Books } The Future of Digital Earth Watch The Digital Earth Watch project grew out of a NASA-funded project Measuring Vegetation Health as a collaboration of several key partners.  The future of this effort is tied to the health of those partner projects, which are all substantial projects in […]

DEW Program Evaluation of Digital Earth Watch

{ Digital Earth Watch Contents } { All GSS Books } Digital Earth Watch Program Evaluation NASA REASoN Project Survey and Forest Watch Survey Jeffrey S. BeaudryUniversity of Southern Maine A. Mavourneen ThompsonThompson Consulting Introduction The program evaluation took place over a five-year time period, beginning with Measuring Vegetation Health (MVH) and concluding with Digital Earth […]

DEW Formative Evaluation of Adult Learning

{ Digital Earth Watch Contents } { All GSS Books } By Jeffrey S. Beaudry, Ph.D.Program EvaluatorUniversity of Southern Maine Lesley KennedyLead EducatorMuseum of Science-Boston Mavourneen ThompsonPortland, Maine I. Introduction  Program evaluation of the Measuring Vegetation Health, renamed Digital Earth Watch (DEW), incorporated both formative and summative evaluation components. The overall program evaluation will be […]

DEW Concept Mapping

{ Digital Earth Watch Contents } { All GSS Books } Concept Mapping and Visual Learning Jeffrey S. Beaudry, PhDUniversity of Southern Maine Polly WilsonDeering High SchoolPortland, Maine Introduction From 2005 to 2009 we were involved in the Digital Earth Watch (DEW) grant (formerly Measuring Vegetation Health) with the purpose to create and integrate visual […]