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Team Name: ROV-ERS
Michael P. Looney, Mashpee Middle School, Mashpee, Massachusetts http://www.mashpee.k12.ma.us/
Lynn Langford McDaniel, Stewart Middle Magnet School, Tampa, Florida http://stewart.mysdhc.org/


Project Name: GeogROVe


The GeogROVe connections project will allow students from two geographic locations to communicate and compare geographic data across disciplines using Web 2.0 and GIS tools.

Project Planning


The topic of study is using 21st century skills and tools to analyze geographic data. The students will collaborate using Web 2.0 tools and GIS technology to compare geographic data in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Tampa Bay, Florida.


The collaborative effort will include marine science and technology engineering students from Mashpee Middle/High School and Stewart Middle Magnet School.


This will be a two week unit that will be completed once in November and once in May.




The purpose is to collaborate with a school in another state to cover national standards while bringing a real world, hands-on, challenge-based, technology driven, interdisciplinary project into the classroom.


Additional schools willing to collaborate on this effort will need to have a computer lab or access to multiple computers. The computers need to be outfitted with ArcGIS software and internet accessiblity. This project has its strength in its authentic application.The students will be the principle users. The students will collaborate throughout the project by way of on-line communication.
The teachers will act as facilitators of the project by monitoring and evaluating the quality of the process.
Each connected classroom will analyze data sets for their given geographic area and communicate information regarding that area with the partnering classroom. Once the students are familiar with the use of GIS and Web 2.0 tools the students will be responsible for building their own data sets in their geographic area and sharing the data. The goal is to put a face to a geographic location to make the experience authentic and personal. The success of the project will be measured with a rubric to assess the students' level of engagement.

In order to engage the students in this unit, similar data sets for the Tampa Fla. and Cape Cod Ma. areas need to be located and downloaded on the computers for each school. The Web 2.0 tools to be used need to be identified by the teachers and explained to the students. The teachers will also need to be familiar with analyzing data from ARCGis software in order to develop expectations for the students.



Mashpee, Massachusetts
http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org/index.aspx (Waquoit Bay Estuary)
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/socp.htm (South Cape Beach)

Tampa, Florida
http://tampabaywatch.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.home&pageID=124 (Tampa Bay Estuary)
http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm (Gulf of Mexico)


Support Institutions
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
University of South Florida, College of Marine Science and Remote Sensing
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education