The GEODE Initiative

Recognition

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 curricula!


eSchool News Readers' Choice Awards

January 2005

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 eSchool news online to see the announcement.


Toyota USA Foundation

December 2002

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 curriculum. Looking 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.


View press release from the Toyota USA Foundation


NASA Earth Science Enterprise

January 2002

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 (DLESE)

December 2000

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.
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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."
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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 Baumgartner.
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Education World(R)

January 2000

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!"
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Science Magazine

November 1999

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.


Education World(R)

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:
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Triangle Coalition For Science and Technology Education (TCEB)

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 educational technology.
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National Science Foundation

July 29, 1999

The National Science Foundation features WorldWatcher Software in their article, "Technology brings the world to students."
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Northwestern News

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.
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The GEODE Initiative was previously known as the WorldWatcher Project.

 

Page updated on: March 4, 2005