Education through Earth Observation for high Schools (SEOS)
is an initiative for using remote sensing in science education curricula
in high schools funded under the 6th Framework Programme of the
European Commission (EC). Based on current research results, 15
internet-based eLearning tutorials are developed by 11 different
partners from several European countries in cooperation with the
European Space Agency (ESA).
The introductive module "A World of Images" is meant to
provide an overview of the current usage of remote sensing so as
to enthuse students about the capability of this technology for
the management and maintenance of Earth resources. In close connection
to the other modules, this module was constructed around a set of
selected remote sensing applications to demonstrate the usefulness
of different image types for different purposes from local to global
Each application is presented on a one-screen
basis where a central image acts as an "eye-catcher".
Text is voluntarily kept concise; however an information button
allows a short comment on the image to be displayed. Inside the
image comment, a few links and questions lead to additional information
pages and to the other SEOS modules.
The navigation was designed to be intuitive. The module opens with
a short animation offering a flyby inside the solar system until
reaching Earth. The animation ends on a screen covered with images'
quicklooks leading to the different applications. Each quicklook
pairs off with a stylised icon illustrating at a glance the issue
covered by each remote sensing application. Furthermore, a menu
organises the applications into 5 themes (air, water, land, climate
and human impact).
A "teachers' corner" is also available. This section contains
general information about the module, worksheets and quizzes for
use in class as well as a list of class activities related to remote
sensing and the various topics treated in "A World of Images".
The module has been tested in several European high schools. Teacher
and pupils gave very enthusiastic feedback and their comments were
used to improve the content of some pages and the navigation inside
Teachers willing to test in school the preview
version of the module and/or take part in the project improvement
process are very much welcome (contact Caroline
Dandois). The final version of the SEOS modules will be available
in several European languages by late 2009.
Dicover the modules : www.seos-project.eu/modules