Tutorials

Detailed instructions and step-by-step help modules for commonly used tools.

Independent Ecology Investigation

This full unit of study structures a student-driven learning experience that has students defining a research question, planning a Vital Signs data investigation, analyzing and interpreting their data, and communicating their findings. Students are guided through group activities designed to develop background knowledge in relationships in ecosystems and skills around data collection and analysis. Students extend this work by applying the newly developed skills and concepts to a student-driven investigation which culminates in creating a product to share their results.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Exploring the Vital Signs Website

This is a short, simple exercise to get students familiar with the website. Can be done individually or in pairs. This guided inquiry Worked really well with my students! They greatly appreciated having the opportunity to explore the site, and choose their own species of interest. Make sure to review their comments before they post! Enjoy. Jamien

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
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How to write a press release

How to write a press release - Advice from GMRI’s Communication Manager

1. Decide on a headline - This should hook the audience. Reporters have many stories coming across their desks. Pique their interest right away with an attention-grabbing headline.

2. Answer “the 5 W’s and the H” - Include the answers to the most important questions in the first paragraph. Then use the following paragraphs for supporting information:

  • Who did it?
  • What did they do?
  • When did they do it?
  • Where did they do it?
  • Why did they do it?
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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)

Vital Signs Starter Module

This module walks you through some of the key components of an introductory Vital Signs Institute. While doing this module does not replicate getting together in person with a group of teachers to share ideas and experiences and learning about Vital Signs, it is a great way to get started with the program. In fact, we find that when teachers start with this module, we can dig deeper into topics of interest when we get together in person.

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Grade Level: 
Professional development
Resources I used: 
Vital Signs Institute Agendas
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs Team, VS Starter Module, Vital Signs Program, 06/11/15
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Maine Data Literacy Project Graph Choice Chart

Posted with the permission of the Maine Data Literacy Project team.

This resources is awesome! You and your students can use this tool to help decide how to analyze and visualize your data to help answer your question. Check it out and find more resources on the Maine Data Literacy Project website http://participatoryscience.org/project/maine-data-literacy-project.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
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This tool was created by the Maine Data Literacy Project and shared with permission. http://participatoryscience.org/project/maine-data-literacy-project
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Creating Visual Communication - Graphic Design 101

Originally created for our Vital Communities pilot (learn about Massabesic Middle School's Vital Communities project here), this curriculum uses Engineering is Elementary's engineering design process to create a poster, flyer, or other graphic communication.

Graphic Design 101 curriculum

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
Engineering is Elementary from the Museum of Science, Boston Petri Tuohimaa - Gulf of Maine Research Institute's
How should others reference your work?: 
Caroline Casals, VS user Moss Boss, Creating Visual Communication - Graphic Design 101, Vital Signs Program. CC-BY-SA 3.0
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Using the Google Earth iPhone App to Display a Location in Digital Degrees

This document gives instructions on how to set up the Google Earth app on an iPhone to display latitude and longitude of a location in digital degrees.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
Resources I used: 
iPhone
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Use your smart phone to make a microscope!

A cool Instructable on how to turn smart phones into microscopes. Could this help to ID Heterosiphonia in the field? If you try it, let us know. :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/10-Smartphone-to-digital-microscope-conv...

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
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http://www.instructables.com/id/10-Smartphone-to-digital-microscope-conversion/

How can I see if an invasive is spreading?

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Eliza uses the Vital Signs map to track variable watermilfoil. See how you can use the map to watch a species changes through time, and then quickly turn your analysis into a movie!

Scroll down to download this Guide under "Documents"
Watch the movie under "Videos"

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
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Videos
Videos: 
See video

Where else is that species?

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In this How-To Map Guide, see how you can use the map to find out where the species you're most interested in has been found in Maine!

Scroll down to download this Guide under "Documents"

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
Resources I used: 
Comic Life
How should others reference your work?: 
Where else is that species, Dana Hutchins, Image Works, Vital Signs Program, March 2012
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