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Ground Truth Studies

Grade Level: K-12

Cost of Workshop: See the 2011 Workshop Rates [39 KB - PDF] for more information. Includes Teacher Handbook

Length of Workshop: min 3.5 hours

Cost of Publication Only:

$25.00 CAD

Ministry of Education recommended learning resource

The Ground Truth Studies Teacher Handbook, written by the Aspen Global Change Institute, shows K-12 science and geography teachers and non-formal educators how important it can be to use a bigger picture to look for trends and seek solutions. The handbook provides 29 activities grouped by age level, as well as satellite images, primers on remote sensing and global change, global temperature data and more. The variety of activities address data, mapping, and image interpretation skills, decision-making, and investigations of local environments.

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The Ground Truth Studies workshop is an interactive, outdoor and indoor workshop will take you through the basic skills and ideas needed for teaching about “ground truthing”. Detailed background information will be provided as well as the time to try a selection of the 29 activities in the Ground Truth Studies Teacher Handbook. Participants will leave with a good understanding of the links between global and local environmental issues, basic mapping and interpretation skills, and the tools to guide learners to create and seek solutions.