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#Digital #Atlas of Ancient Life | Exploring the Diversity and History of #Fossil Life | @PaleoDigAtlas | #OER

A free resource to help individuals to identify and better understand fossil species from particular regions and time intervals. Presently, four digital atlases have been developed or are under active construction:

  • Cretaceous Atlas of Ancient Life: Western Interior Seaway
  • Digital Atlas of Ordovician Life: Exploring the Fauna of the Cincinnati Region
  • Neogene Atlas of Ancient Life: Southeastern United States
  • Pennsylvanian Atlas of Ancient Life: Midcontinent United States

SOSx Lite 2.0 is here | @NOAA_SOS Science On a Sphere Explorer Lite | #K12 #OER #visualization #dataanalytics

Science on a Sphere Lite image

From the NOAA team  that created Science on a Sphere comes SOSx Lite 2.0! SOSx Lite is a free version of Science Explorer with some of the most popular datasets for use in home and the classroom. This page describes updates and the contents of SOS Explorer Lite 2.0 (SOSx Lite 2.0), inculding descriptions of three educational tours. See an earlier post for a brief description SOSx and you can download directly from here.

Sedimentology and ichnology of the Mafube dinosaur track site (Lower Jurassic, eastern Free State, South Africa): a report on footprint preservation and palaeoenvironment [PeerJ]

The fluvio-lacustrine and aeolian rocks of the Upper Triassic - Lower Jurassic Elliot and Clarens formations (Karoo Supergroup) preserve not only a range of vertebrate body fossils, but also a plethora of vertebrate invertebrate and plant…

This Gorgeous Photo-Sharing Website Is Everything Copyright ISN'T | @CreatorsProject | #open #photography

A nice article about free-use photo-sharing site Unsplash. A site "...that only publishes pictures licensed under Creative Commons Zero, meaning users are free to “copy, modify, distribute and use the photos,” for free, without the permission of the owner." h/t @creativecommons

#SOSx Lite | @NOAA_SOS | free introductory flat screen version of NOAA's Science on a Sphere datasets

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Science on a Sphere Explorer

SOS Lite

A new, free classroom tool is available from the inventors of NOAA's Science on a Sphere, SOS Explorer Lite. SOSx Lite is a Windows/Mac desktop application that offers 16 datasets and three educational tours that weave together datasets to better understand the science behind the datasets. Classroom lesson plans and supporting educational materials are available. System requirements are listed and download links are provided.

SOS desktop

Common Online Data Analysis Platform | #OpenSource software | #CODAP @ConcordDotOrg

CODAP's data exploration and visualization tools from the Concord Consortium help middle and high school students explore data in many different subject areas – from simulations and probes to maps and population data. Many exciting data analysis tools and other features--drag and drop, manipulate graphs, work with tables, get my data into CODAP, manage my documents-- are highlighted through helpful videos.

NASA’s Eyes on Earth, Solar System & Exoplanets | #OER #EarthRightNow #visualization #apps

Monitor our planet's vital signs, such as sea level height, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and Antarctic ozone. Trace the movement of water around the globe using the gravity map from NASA's GRACE satellites. Spot volcanic eruptions and forest fires using the carbon monoxide vital sign. Check out the hottest and coldest locations on Earth with the global surface temperature map. Observe Earth from a global perspective in an immersive, 3-D environment.

Eyes on the Solar System lets you explore the planets, their moons, asteroids, comets and the spacecraft exploring them from 1950 to 2050. Eyes on Exoplanets will fly you to any planet you wish—as long as it’s far beyond our solar system. Look at more than 1,000 exotic planets known to orbit distant stars.

Pixabay | Free Images of High Quality | #opensource #OER

Pixabay is a great source for copyright free photos to use in presentations. It is a searchable repository for stunning public domain pictures and copyright free vector graphics. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form.

GeoLog | Velociraptor in the Zagros Mountains #IImaggeo #dinos

A NASA Landsat image that contains an interesting and unexpected feature. Imaggeo is the EGU’s online open access geosciences image repository.

Introductory GeoScience Video Collection | YouTube | #OER

A collection of twenty short (~6 minutes) content-oriented videos that two geoscience education researchers from NCSU have produced to support introductory geoscience courses. The videos focus on relatively basic concepts that students should be able to grasp on their own and are supported by short content quizzes for each video topic and other related information, posted on their GeoScience Videos blog at The intended use of the videos are to support pre-class assignments to provide more time in class to focus on more challenging concepts. The blog also contains information for those instructors who are interested in joining a research community to investigate how these types of resources impact instruction and/or student learning. This Open Education Geoscience Resource project was supported by a National Science Foundation grant and is licensed CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.