GEODE software and curriculum have been reviewed
by a variety of science and education publications since 1998.
With recognition in numerous articles and academic
journals, GEODE has gained acclaim throughout the academic
world. GEODE software and curricula have also been presented at
many educational research and teacher conferences,
where teachers and researchers alike are able to see the benefits
of these products in the classroom. Check out the links below
to see various articles and reviews of the GEODE software and
eSchool News Readers' Choice Awards
In their first Readers' Choice Awards for 2005, the
readers of eSchool News, a leading publication for K-20 decision-makers in
educational technology, voted My World GIS one of the top Earth science software
applications for high school. In their poll of readers about top picks for
science software, My World GIS, after only 10 months on the market, placed 6th on
the list of Earth science software for high school. Visit
online to see the announcement.
Toyota USA Foundation
The Toyota USA Foundation has awarded $259,000
to the WorldWatcher Project to fund support and professional development
for teachers implementing the Looking at the Environment
at the Environment is a one-year high school environmental
science curriculum developed by the WorldWatcher Project. Looking
at the Environment teaches environmental science concepts
and practices in the context of real world environmental challenges.
Students engage in authentic environmental science investigations
using visualization and analysis software for geographic data.
The funding from the Toyota Foundation will support:
Completion of a teacher's edition for Looking
at the Environment.
Creation of workshop materials to prepare
teachers who will be implementing Looking at the Environment.
Development of a community website for
Looking at the Environment and other environmental
science teachers that will offer professional development
and support resources.
A program to train Toyota Teacher Leaders
in Environmental Science, a community of teacher leaders who
will conduct professional development and support activities
for Looking at the Environment teachers.
A research study examining the implementation
challenges that Looking at the Environment teachers
face and developing strategies to address those challenges.
release from the Toyota USA Foundation
NASA Earth Science Enterprise
Both the WorldWatcher software and the Middle
School Global Warming Project curriculum were endorsed as "outstanding
educational products" by the Summer 2001 NASA Earth Science
Enterprise (ESE) Education Products Review. This endorsement identifies
materials of outstanding educational value based on current, accurate
NASA Earth system science. NASA awards this distinction to products
that have passed a rigorous peer review by educators and scientists,
including classroom teachers and college faculty, education standards
experts, curriculum designers, teacher trainers, and Earth system
scientists. For more information on NASA's Earth Science Enterprise
and its education product review, see http://earth.nasa.gov/education.
Digital Library for Earth System Education
The Digital Library for Earth System Education
(DLESE) recently featured the Global Warming Project as its Highlight
of the Month. The article describes the Global Warming Project's
interaction with students and its utilization of the WorldWatcher
Software. There is also a description of the project and its purpose.
New York Times
October 2, 2000
The NY Times Learning Network Parent Connections
features the WorldWatcher web site as its Site of the Day, describing
WorldWatcher as "...revolutionary downloadable scientific
visualization environment software."
Miliken Family Foundation
August 1, 2000
In a Miliken Family
Foundation report reviewing 27 programs designed to improve
scientific inquiry in high school classes, WorldWatcher
is named one of only six recommended science and technology programs.
The authors comment that WorldWatcher "mak[es] innovative
use of technology to support student investigations... support[s]
the process of student inquiry and provide[s] tools for exploring
scientific phenomena." (page 94) The report, titled Teaching
Science for the Information Age: A Review of Courses and Technology
for Inquiry Based Learning (see
report), is authored by Marcia Linn, James Slotta, and Eric
WorldWatcher was one of 20 education sites
selected "Best 0f 99... From over 200 superb education sites
reviewed in '99, Education World picks its Top 20 Favorites!"
Science magazine featured WorldWatcher
in Andreas Madlung's article, "Visualizing a Changing World."
Madlung briefly describes the software's capabilities, claiming
that "WorldWatcher's strength lies in providing an easy way to
superimpose data or analytical results on world maps." The full
article can be found in the November 19th issue of Science
magazine, vol. 286.
September 15, 1999
WorldWatcher was one of 20 sites chosen for
review by Education World(R) this month, and one of five that
received a rating of A+. Find this review at:
Triangle Coalition For Science and Technology
August 26, 1999
The TRIANGLE COALITION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
EDUCATION (TCEB) recently featured the WorldWatcher Curriculum
as one of their topics of the week. The article describes the
WorldWatcher curriculum in positive terms, stating that the curriculum
"fosters development of scientific thinking across disciplines."
The article also briefly describes how the software works and
how "the system permits a question-centered approach so students
can meaningfully change variables and receive immediate feedback."
The curriculum conforms to recommendations of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science and the National Research Council
for its approach to inquiry-based science education.
Environmental News Network (ENN)
August 11, 1999
Technology Brings the World to Students
Educational software being developed at Northwestern University
will allow middle and high school students to manipulate and view
global information as easily as a kindergartner maneuvers building
blocks. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the WorldWatcher
Curriculum transforms scientific visualization into an effective
National Science Foundation
July 29, 1999
The National Science Foundation features WorldWatcher
Software in their article, "Technology brings the world to students."
October 23, 1998
"$1.5 Million Grant to Develop Technology-Centered
Science Curricula." Northwestern News highlights the work being
done on the high school-level WorldWatcher Curriculum Project.