Coursera- Open Online Courses
Type of Technology: online
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade Levels: Secondary
Subject Areas: All
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Once you are logged into a course you are able to view each module and a plethora of resources that go along with the content. Such as:
Video 1 (5 min): Why study water in the Western United States?
Video 2 (11 min): Review of the water cycle (with a focus on the Western US)
Video 3 (10 min): Geography of the Western US
Video 4 (11 min): Important things to know
Assignments and Activities:
- Fill out the pre-survey, linked in the first announcement
- Contribute a photo or sound in our Water Snapshot activity
- Tell us about Water Where you Live
- Introduce yourself in the discussion forum
Optional Readings and Resources
- Article: United (Watershed) States of America This is a thought-provoking piece by John Lavey, who created a map envisioning what the United States would look like if state borders were drawn around watershed boundaries, instead of using their current boundaries. Famed western explorer John Wesley Powell had suggested doing something like this in his report on the “Arid Lands.”
- Web Resource: Summary of the Water Cycle This is a US Geological Survey website with more detail on the water cycle, which we discuss in Video 2.
- Water Where You Live Help Center Learn more.
I clicked on the link “Water Where You Live” and below is a snapshot of the activity.
- How much precipitation falls where you live? For this activity, we want you to familiarize yourself with how much water falls where you live. You will be asked to research annual rainfall for where you live and submit your answer within the form below. While this is an ungraded activity, you will need this data for a later assignment, so write it down!The Western United States is defined by, among other characteristics, the amount of precipitation the area receives. As you heard in the videos this week, the Western US is roughly the part of the country west of the point where annual average precipitation drops below 20 inches (500 mm), other than a few “islands of moisture” along the high mountain ranges.
How does this compare to the amount of annual precipitation where you live?
Please research the annual precipitation for the area where you live.
- If you live in the US, you can find data from the National Climatic Data Center, National Weather Service or from CoCoRaHS (the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network).
- If you live outside the US you can find the data usually from your National Climate or Weather service. If you can’t find any official data, check if Wikipedia provides climate data for a nearby city.
- If you prefer to not provide data from the area where you live select any other place that you would like to be your “home” for the duration of this course – maybe a place in the Western US?
How good are your data?
Not all data are collected following the highest scientific standards. Find data collected by a credible agency that provides a long record of standardized, daily measurements, like the national climate data center or national weather service of your country.