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Columbus Eye - Live-Bilder von der ISS im Schulunterricht

West Africa - crossing the Earth´s biggest desert

The ISS flight above Western Africa shows a unique portrait of the Earth's biggest desert: the Sahara. It shows the huge dimensions of the enormous and hot drylands. But it also includes the more vivid Savannas in the adjacent neighborhood. While there is nearly no life in the Sahara, you can find seasonal blooming regions and even agriculture here. Perhaps, you can detect the Eye of Africa or the ship graveyard of Nouadhibou.

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Animal Stories: Hot Hippo: Im Zoo: Elefanten

Schematische Darstellung der Unterschiede von Afrikanischen und Indischen Elefanten.


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The main objectives of the teaching unit Tsunami - When waves change everything cover the training of spatial perception and assessment, risk detection and damage evaluation using satellite images. Within this group of topics, the application of satellite images appears to be particularly beneficial when looking at them at different times because it facilitates the comparison of landscape changes in the course of a natural disaster. The goals of this teaching unit Tsunami - When waves change everything are as follow: The pupils shall become acquainted with the significance of natural disasters, undertake spatial perception and assessment, as well as get to know the backgrounds of the development of tsunamis and the potentials of remote sensing as a tool for damage assessment. The teaching unit makes use of the computer’s potentials to effectively convey the subject matter by using animation and interaction. A computer-based interactive learning module allows a practical consideration of the thematic field and, thereby, shall ease the detection of landscape changes. Furthermore, the computer-based learning module covers the following aspects of modern learning: - The module is science based and, thereby, fosters propaedeutic science learning - The module promotes a type of teaching that emphasises the students’ self-activity and self-responsibility - The module considers the students’ life reality - The computer is applied as work equipment. Students learn to use the computer as a tool instead of an information and entertainment medium. Furthermore, the pupils learn how to handle modern media and gain media competence

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Extreme flood events and their consequences for affected residents are mentioned in the media often and are thus observed by the pupils on a regular basis. In light of the presently ongoing discussion about possible consequences of anthropogenic influenced climate change, there is renewed public interest in climate based extreme events. A natural hazard like a flood is not determined by nature only, but by humans and their dealing with threats; starting here, a lot of questions, equally relevant for school lessons, arise. Which locations are highly at risk? How do human activities influence flood risks? What kind of protective measures can be taken? Remote sensing data and geographic information systems (GIS) are an important contribution to the solution of these questions. The aim of the teaching unit “Floods - Dealing with a Constant Threat” is the evaluation of site selections in the light of natural hazards. Using GIS methods and a digital elevation model within an interactive learning module, the computer is used specifically as work equipment.

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Deutsches Polen-Institut

Polnische Musikgeschichte

Das Modul vermittelt einen Überblick über die Entwicklung der polnischen Kunstmusik und ihre wichtigsten Stationen unter Berücksichtigung wichtiger Komponisten. Es enthält eine Einführung zu den musikalischen Entwicklungen in der Zeit vor Chopin (vom Mittelalter bis zur Klassik) und vertieft zugleich das Verständnis für die polnische Musikentwicklung ab Chopin (von der Romantik bis zur Postmoderne). Anhand von Noten- und Hörbeispielen sowie ausgewählten Zitaten bieten die Arbeitsblätter dabei eine eingehende Auseinandersetzung mit den drei bekanntesten polnischen Volkstänzen Krakowiak, Mazurka und Polonaise, der Bedeutung Chopins für Polens kulturelles Empfinden sowie dem Einfluss Krzysztof Pendereckis und seiner "Lukas-Passion" auf die Musikentwicklung seit der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts.

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Columbus Eye - Live-Bilder von der ISS im Schulunterricht

South America - From Coast to Coast

When opening the tool ”South America”, the ISS-panorama will appear. It shows the coast of Chile in the west, bordering the pacific as well as the Andes Mountains with snow cover and the pampas, when navigating inland. The panorama was created out of a video of a 5-minute overflight of the ISS, crossing the depicted area.

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From Satellite Images to Maps

Maps as a basis for spatial orientation play a key role in geography teaching. To use maps as important devices, maps as such are dealt with in class with pupils aged 10-11. A main subject in geography teaching for pupils aged 10-11 is ”mapping”. This subject area contains the question how maps can be derived from aereal or satellite images. Through this, it is referred back to national standards in education because the following competences are included: • Competence of spatial orientation: The pupils learn to orient themselves in space and therefore gain topographic orientation knowledge. • Map competence: The pupil’s spatial perception is trained. The pupils learn how to deal with maps adequately and are able to create sketches of topographic overviews and simple maps theirselves. The aim of the teaching unit “From Satellite Images to Maps” is to put the pupils in a position to derive thematic maps from digital satellite images with simple analysis tools and to formulate statements regarding landscape composition. This teaching unit makes use of computers to teach the topic in an effective manner through animations and interaction. The work with this complex of themes is done through a computer-aided and interactive learning module. The analysis tools within the learning module are implemented in flash in an illustrative design suitable for pupils. Furthermore, the computer-aided learning module takes the following requests to teaching and learning into account: • The module’s structure is science-oriented and thus encourages science-propaedeutic learning in general. • The learning module encourages lesson organisations which depend on individual activity and self-responsibility of the pupils. • The learning module takes the pupils‘ real life into account. • The medium computer is used as working equipment; thus the pupils experience the computer not only as a mere source of information and entertainment but also as a tool. Moreover, the use of new media and therefore media competence is promoted.

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Atmospheric Circulation

The topics weather and atmospheric circulation are foreseen for many curricula in secondary education. They are very much relevant for the students’ geography education as without knowledge of atmospheric processes (as a driving force) the distinctions among the natural potentials of different areas cannot be fully understood.

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Traces of Fire (Geography)

Forest fires claimed a large number of lives and caused great ecologic damage in the Mediterranean in the past years. During the summer and while the fires last, the media coverage is extensive - one can watch countless reports on the course of the fires, listen to interviews on losses and human tragedies, and read about backgrounds. But what about the developments in the affected regions after such a disaster? In order to derive statements on the development of ecosystems out of balance, the use of remote sensing data is advantageous, since it allows the comparison of different points in time, thereby, showing the development and change. Most Geography curricula include natural disasters and/or interactions between nature and human interferences (e.g. with spatial effects or effects on geo-ecological cycles). This teaching unit combines both topics and analyses how a ”natural” disaster, triggered or expedited by humans and, therefore, being a human interference with nature, effects the development of landscapes. The utilisation of satellite images in this case is particularly beneficial for they facilitate the analysis of an area at different points in time. Thereby, one may for example derivate conclusions on the development of landscapes in interaction with disastrous processes caused by humans. Especially the display of so-called vegetation indices allows conclusions on the vitality of plant stocks. The goal of the teaching unit "traces of fire in satellite images" is to point out the coherences between the electromagnetic spectrum, the production of satellite images and the detection of alterations within ecosystems. The teaching unit utilises the facilities of the computer for effectively conveying the issue by using animations and interactive applications. The topic complex is practically approached via a computer-based interactive learning module. The analysis tools within the learning module - NDVI or time series analysis - are programed in a new, clear and pupil-oriented fashion in Flash AS 3.0.