Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop
Workshop Concept Maps
Held at the New England Center on the University of New Hampshire Campus
Friday, March 13, 2009 through Saturday, March 14, 2009
all workshop concept maps
Concept maps are designed to help teachers and their students understand the connections and relationships between climate and
oceanography by using a visual means of communication. Concepts are linked visually, which contributes to a more comprehensive understanding
of a complex scientific idea. For scientists, concept mapping helps them share their understanding of connections in the earth system, and put
their research into the context of a "big picture". For educators, concept maps can be powerful tools for exposing and clarifying topics
in the classroom.
This workshop consisted of five teams of formal and informal educators and scientists (1 scientist:3 educators ratio) who created online
learning resources that align with National Science Education Standards, Climate Literacy Principles, and Ocean Literacy Principles.
Topics focused on the current research topics of the internationally known scientists who participated in the workshop, and each team
created a series of concept maps consisting of the following:
- An original concept map created on paper by the scientists on day one of the workshop
- A digital concept map created in the COSEE Concept Map Builder and presented to educators on day two of the workshop
- A consensus concept map created collaboratively between scientists and educators using the COSEE-OS Concept Map Builder
Each team's concept maps are described on pages accessed from the menu at left, or click here
to view and/or download all digital
maps created at this workshop.
Quotes from Workshop Participants
"Working together on a concept map was key - as was having their map from the day before to springboard from - it was a true collaboration."
"Models are a big part of the new Maine Learning Results and I was struggling with how to weave it into my classes - concept maps can accomplish this."
"The assets portion would be great for students to link [a] concept with a visual."