TOST FYI: Web Resources
One good information resource for Oregon science and mathematics teachers
is the OSTA listserv. Posts coming across this list often provide information
for teachers pointing to online resources or to meetings or workshops which
might benefit teachers. Several of those posts are gathered below. In addition,
a potpourri of online mapping resources are highlighted. This page will
be available at http://www.canby.com/hemphill/may-fyi.htm
until December, 2000.
Naturescaping for Clean Rivers
workshops are being offered that offer strategies for preventing pollution
in yards as well as by streams, using natural landscapes and watering plans
to conserve water. The workshops are offered for free through a variety
of sources. You can register for one of the remaining Saturday workshops
by contacting Lisa Albert at 503.797.1842 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The remaining workshops are listed below.
Sat Apr 15
Sat May 13
Forest Park Field Headquarters,
(Balch Creek Watershed)
Sat May 20
St Andrew Community
Center, NE Portland
(Columbia Slough Watershed)
The following information about a Metrogrant-writing
workshop offered in June:
June 13, 2000, 1-4PM, Room 270
Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland, OR 97232
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Anyone in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area who wants to know about what
Metro has to offer you in way of funds and resources for Environmental
Education and Habitat Enhancement.
Learn about the Greenspaces Grants Program and how to write a winning application.
Resource people will share how to organize volunteers,
federal compliance information, explain
the mysteries of writing a realistic budget. Learn how to build partnerships
and make your grant project a success for years to come. Applications and
resource materials available at the workshop. Come join us!!
HOW TO REGISTER:
Deadline to register is June 7 at 5pm. Register by sending your name
and phone number to
Lynn Wilson at Metro
David Stemper, OR-TOSA Program Coordinator,
Oregon Forest Resources Institute ((503) 725-5752, email@example.com)
announced the Oregon Teachers on Summer Assignment (OR-TOSA) program, a
new teacher education and employment program aimed at providing an in-depth
look at forestry, forest practices, and forest products manufacturing.
Contact him for more information on this program
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Northwest Sectional Meeting will be held June 22-25, 2000 at the Portland
Community College Sylvania Campus. The meeting will include field trips
to the Gorge and to Mt. St. Helens. Earth science teachers can take part
in an educational session focused on teacher networking. For more current
information check the meeting webpage: http://www.csmt.ewu.edu/csmt/geol/thomson/nagt/nagt2000.html.
Salt makes the work go around. Whether
as a cause for salt wars or as the spice of your eye. If you are interested
in the SALT of the earth, do not miss the resources on salt at http://www.salt.org/il/
. The MRBLOCH SALT ARCHIVE site, presents the "significance, of
SALT[NaCl] through the period 1000 BC up to the Industrial Revolution."
In addition to the great resources provided
by Rick Kang to TOST, astronomy buffs can check out the Society for
Amateur Scientists web page at http://earth.thesphere.com/SAS/.
If you click on Science groups, you can link to various SAS groups, including
astronomy, earth science, holography, rocketry, etc.
For geology or earth science teachers introducing
crystals, the following urls provide a fairly complete introduction
to crystal shapes and surfaces, including those of snowflakes!
Surfaces of crystals
This image is from
If you class studies frogs, an excellent resource
is located at the Exploratorium in San Francisco:
is from http://www.exploratorium.edu/frogs/index.html
The site includes links to pages with more
information than most people, even teachers, want to know about frogs.
The page also leads to resource pages for making rainsticks and to a page
with frog sounds...could it be called frog song.
Have you ever wondered about chemicals or
substances you use in your classroom. The ToxFAQs: Hazardous Substances
Factsheet produced by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
is a series of summaries about hazardous substances. The webpage includes
an alphabetic index for the chemicals presented. It also has molecular
models of some of the chemicals and Links and resources to other online
Topozone: if you use maps in
your classroom, check out the maps provided online at http://www.topozone.com.
The site contains every USGS 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale map
for the entire United States. You simply type in a place name and state
in the search box, click "search." Typing in "Portland" and "OR" in the
search box brought up one result:
Clicking on "Portland" brought up a zoomable
map of Portland. A powerful tool.
A second geographic resource is http://terraserver.microsoft.com/default.asp
from the miscrosoft server. Terraserver includes USGS topographic
maps, USGS Topo and Ortho Photo maps, Spin-2 Imagery maps, and USGS and
Spin-2 Imagery maps.It also incluseds a location Advanced Find feature
AND a link to "Famous Places."
ESRI, Environmental Systems Research Institute,
at http://www.esri.com, sponsors online
geography-related classes at their virtual campus, http://campus.esri.com/index.cfm?theme=usa.
The online campus offers free modules to introduce their geography software
AND its business and industry uses. Teachers are entitled to a 40% discount
for online classes on the use of ArcView, ArcAnalyst, etc. ArcExplorer
is a free viewer for ArcView files, downloaded at http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/aedownload.html.
The Center for Image Processing Education,
accessible at http://www.cipe.com , has
developed instructional materials that use Image Processing and GIS technologies
for teaching about science, math, and technology. They have for-sale teacher
resource books of activities, background, lessons for teachers K-14. Free
sample lessons are available at http://www.cipe.com/Software/SoftIPLessons.html.
Most of their lessons take advantage of the freeware NIHImage and ScionImage
for playing with and extracting data from images, whether it is an image
of a cell or a flower!