TERC, site of several curriculum projects as part of an NSF Testbed program, supports students' use of data in collaborative investigations--collecting, sharing, analyzing, and visualizing data and developing testable hypotheses through discussion and peer review.
Areas of investigation supported by this testbed include several environmental studies; ozone, energy use and conservation, water quality and animal migrations. TERC pioneered microcomputer-based labs, the National Geographic Kids Network, Global Laboratory (30 countries), and the LabNet Teachers Network.
TERC has developed network software, a lowcost method for collecting and sharing data across the Internet and recently the Web (with assistance from Enterprise Integration Technologies). This software has been used successfully in hundreds of classrooms with a spectrum of networking facilities.
Telecollaboration for networked science requires a carefully constructed management and investigation system.
For instance, school schedules in different time zones fluctuate as does data from the environment itself. Network science presumes the concurrent availability of information so statistics can be compiled and interpretations contrasted.
TERC has been involved in advancing technology for almost three decades; its software accommodates such idiosyncracies (so you can focus on science) and, based on teacher feedback, is school-friendly.