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Explore NOAA's updated Data in the Classroom website

After a tune-up, NOAA's popular educational tool is back with interactive, classroom-ready resources.
March 29, 2017 With NOAA’s Data in the Classroom, students use real-time data to explore today’s most pressing environmental issues and develop problem-solving skills employed by scientists.
NOAA's Data in the Classroom website.

NOAA Data in the Classroom has been offering online formal education resources since 2009.  Over the past year, the NOAA Satellite and Information Service, National Ocean Service, Office of Education, and an external education contractor have been working to restore, update, and enhance the website using modern, interactive web technology and data visualization software that adheres to best practices, while maintaining a high quality curriculum. 

NOAA's Data in the Classroom uses story maps to help students explore today's most pressing environmental issues through an interactive interface.
NOAA's Data in the Classroom uses story maps to help students explore today's most pressing environmental issues through an interactive narrative. (NOAA)

New, web-based student activities have been developed using Esri Story Mapsoffsite link. This technology engages students in a story while harnessing the power of data – using maps, data visualizations, and data query tools.  Each module's Teachers Guide has been modernized and aligned with the online activities. And, since not all classrooms have access to the internet, Levels 1 & 2 of the Teachers Guide contain printable worksheets that can replace the online activities.

Data in the Classroom has five curriculum modules, intended for middle and high school classes: El Nino, Sea Level, Coral Bleaching, Water Quality, and Ocean Acidification. As each module is updated to the new technology, it will be made available online. 

Additionally, since many of the activities leverage the NOAA View technology, there is now alignment between three of NOAA’s most popular education activities: Data in the Classroom, NOAA View, and Science On a Sphere®.

To use NOAA Data in the Classroom, visit https://dataintheclassroom.noaa.gov.