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Resources, tips, and tools for conducting, presenting, and communicating Environmental Science and Resource Management research. Topped off with a smattering of career development advice for the soon-to-be graduate.
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Welcome Capstoners!

Welcome Capstoners! | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it

Welcome to our curation site for materials related to all aspects of a young researcher’s budding career.


     Here you will find an array of stories, tools, and examples (both good and bad) to inspire and help your scholarship.  Additional posts relate to tips and ideas for post-university job hunting and career advice.  This page is created for and by undergraduate Environmental Studies and Resource Management majors, but likely relevant to a wide array of young scientists from many fields.

 

     In particular, you will find postings often related to:

 

Study Design

  • experimental design

  • example projects (good AND bad)

  • topics/issues/locations which may prove fodder for your project

 

Quantitative Analyses

  • graphing tools

  • statistical and analytical tools

  • data management tips and tools (excel, database & file management)

  • GIS (primarily ArcGIS and Google Earth)

 

Technical Communication

  • public speaking

  • slideware (PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote, etc.)

  • large format posters

  • photo and video documentation

  • multimedia presentations

 

Career Skills

           

 

Note: individual job/internship/grad school/funding postings will not be posted here.  Please see the ESRM Jobs group on LinkedIn for these postings:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4541530&trk=my_groups-b-grp-v

 

Relevant podcasts can be found on iTunesU: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-capstone/id499823175?mt=10

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Crap Detection Resources

Crap Detection Resources | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
A Guide to Crap Detection Resources How this came about, how you can help: This document is a resource for assessing the accuracy or veracity of online information, organized under a number of headings. The objective of the resource is to improve the digital lives o

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Without these ads, there wouldn't be money in fake news

Without these ads, there wouldn't be money in fake news | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Recommended content ads, sometimes called chum, are everywhere online. And without them, there wouldn't be any money in the fake news economy.
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Another serious challenge to reasoned and rigorous argumentation: the viral spread of intentional lies via the rules of the road for online marketing.  I don't think anyone doubted this would happen when the monetization of the web began, but the speed with which it has progressed has been remarkable.  Today it is intentionally, actively placed lies about politics.  Next week it could be about going to war.  All the same thing.

Know how the wizard works behind the curtain or you will never get out of Oz.
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American dream slips out of reach for millennials, study finds

American dream slips out of reach for millennials, study finds | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Only about half of 30-something Americans earn more than their parents, a new report shows.
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Actual deportation numbers

Actual deportation numbers | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
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A great example of a highly effective/intuitive interactive graph/data presentation.
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How I Detect Fake News

How I Detect Fake News | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
How I traced the falsity of one internet meme, and what that teaches us about how an algorithm might do it I have a brother who is a big Donald Trump fan, and he frequently sends me articles from…
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It is increasingly clear that you all (that WE all) need a baloney detection kit in the Brave New World that is our political dialog and (as amazing as it sounds) the reporting of basic, objective facts that drive our society.

Don't be dismissive, but do indeed be healthily skeptical.
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Can we put the fake news genie back in the bottle?

Can we put the fake news genie back in the bottle? | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
The 2016 presidential campaign has definitively shown us that you shouldn't rely on Facebook for all of your news. Even at its best, you're likely to b
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Critical reasoning is an increasingly precious commodity in the online world. 
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The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Originally published at http://blog.iat.com/2015/09/30/a-perfect-storm-for-maker-education/ Perfect Storm: an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically.  The term This term is also used to describe an actual phenomenon that happens to occur in such a confluence, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude. Maker Movement: The maker movement,…

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Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, November 16, 11:12 AM
I put "Maker Ed" under STEM not to exclude other areas of making, like music and art, but as design processes within sciences and engineering.
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Our research shows that when students work on projects, they learn more | #PBL #Collaboration

Our research shows that when students work on projects, they learn more | #PBL #Collaboration | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Educators often talk about 21st-century skills and the benefits of incorporating communication, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking into lessons. These are skills students rarely learn straight out of a textbook. The best way to teach them, we’ve found, is by making these skills a relevant part of their active lives.

If that sounds daunting, rest assured, it doesn’t always have to be. One way we have taught these skills is through project-based learning (PBL), where students apply what they’ve learned during a hands-on project that is relevant to the real world — and their lives.

To that end, a new report developed by MIDA Learning Technologies, which we researchers worked on, shows that students engaged in PBL understand concepts more deeply than those receiving traditional instruction, resulting in improved problem solving skills. Past research reviewed in the report also suggests that PBL students perform better on a wide range of assessments including standardized testing. The full report includes quantitative and qualitative evaluations of students’ problem-solving abilities after implementation of a pre-built, project-based STEM curriculum in science class.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=PBL

 


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Project-based learning (PBL) is essential to developing necessary skills in student's education. I can remember multiple instances throughout my time in school where I've understood the concept better simply because I was applying the ideas.  
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Nuestra investigación muestra que cuando los estudiantes trabajan en proyectos aprenden más. #PBL #Collaboration #SCEUNED16
Jeff Jennings's curator insight, November 3, 10:13 AM
This article discuss the results based on K-12, but the concepts can also be implemented in the Higher Education classroom. There is a push for more active learning in higher ed and this is a great way to get started.
Chris Carter's curator insight, November 3, 8:41 PM
My AP Computer Science Principles class is project-driven, and the kids are learning at hyper-speed. Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me I understand.
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An Example of Communication: Discussing A Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit

An Example of Communication: Discussing A Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
A Virginia school district wants to ban a transgender teen from using the boys' bathroom. David Greene speaks to attorneys Kyle Duncan and Josh Block, central players in what could be a landmark case.
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This is a great example of how to present potentially controversial material to an audience which may or may not support you.

I particularly like the point in the conversation wherein the host says "you are arguing a technicality" and the lawyer who clearly disagrees with the characterization says "well I understand how you could see it that way..."  This is exactly the technique you should master for conveying at times difficult resource management information to audiences who may not want to hear what you have to say.
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Drones flying into curriculum?

Drones flying into curriculum? | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
A new wave of technology is making its way through the doors at Aitkin High School via the air. Although learning about drones in school is not a widespread phenomenon across the country, interest is growing. When considering STEM education, drones have all four bases covered – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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I believe incorporating drones into education and science can be more beneficial than harmful. Many people never truly see even what their own home looks like from above sometimes. Using drones for mapping and data collection doesn't make rising scientists lazy, but instead provides quicker, more precise data to be used in monitoring our changing world. 
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It’s only wrong when YOU do it! The psychology of hypocrisy | Dean Burnett

It’s only wrong when YOU do it! The psychology of hypocrisy | Dean Burnett | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Hypocrisy seems to be everywhere lately. How do people reconcile themselves to saying one thing and doing another? And are there benefits?

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News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters - Shorenstein Center

News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters - Shorenstein Center | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative i

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Californians rate public colleges highly and back giving them more state dollars, survey shows

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What’s the Matter with the L.A. Times?

What’s the Matter with the L.A. Times? | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Something is amiss at the nation’s fifth-largest paper, and that’s a story unto itself
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Our democracy suffers when the fourth pillar crumbles.
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6 Reasons & Tools for Exploring Digital Storytelling

6 Reasons & Tools for Exploring Digital Storytelling | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Here are 6 great reasons to begin exploring digital storytelling in your classroom along with some suggestions for tools to get you started.

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Some of these are a bit basic, but all can potentially be helpful to you guys in your courses.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 2, 1:04 AM

Some useful tools here.

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De bonnes idées pour faire facilement des animations jolies au lieu des Powerpoint standards.
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Lucid post, presenting interesting data. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in education in business, please visit http://blogwgs.tumblr.com/  

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Sea salps, slugs ... aliens? What are the pink squishy creatures washing up in Huntington Beach?

Sea salps, slugs ... aliens? What are the pink squishy creatures washing up in Huntington Beach? | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Pink, gelatinous sea creatures washing up in Huntington Beach this week have beach-goers and officials scratching their heads. The small pod-like critters, which slither and burrow into the sand, were seen along state and city beaches Monday and Tuesday. "They've made an appearance on ou
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Greenhouse enriches learning experience at Blair High School | Nebraska Public School Advantage - The power of public education.

Greenhouse enriches learning experience at Blair High School | Nebraska Public School Advantage - The power of public education. | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
By Tyler Dahlgren NCSA Communications Specialist   At Blair High School, a 20-minute highway cruise north of Omaha, agriculture students have a unique on-campus tool at their disposal in the form of a full-size greenhouse that, since last year, also houses an aquarium.

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Hands on application learning is the best type! Good Job Blair High School!
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Study: most students can't spot fake news

Study: most students can't spot fake news | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
If you thought fake online news was a problem for impressionable adults, it's even worse for the younger crowd. A Stanford study of 7,804 middle school, hig
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iWantHue

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Pick the right colors!
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Default color schemes are often horrible, but spending a lot of time putting together color schemes when you don’t have a lot of minutes is also horrible. I Want Hue by Mathieu Jacomy at the Sciences-Po Medialab lets you set a few options, and it spits out a palette for your visualization.
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Data USA

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The most comprehensive visualization of U.S. public data. Data USA provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge.

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Data about many aspects of places, industry, education in the US.
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Data USA
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6 Rules For Great Storytelling, From A Moth-Approved Master Of The Form

6 Rules For Great Storytelling, From A Moth-Approved Master Of The Form | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Moth storytelling champ Margot Leitman has been hired by Facebook and others to help them learn how to spin a yarn. These are her rules.
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20 Awesome DIY Science Projects to Do With Your Kids

20 Awesome DIY Science Projects to Do With Your Kids | Capstone: An ESRM Coda | Scoop.it
Before the advent of the uber-popular show Mythbusters or the push for more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in schools, parents and their kids were doing at-home science experiments. Now, the trend continues to blossom, although many of the experiments have remained somewhat the same…and always awesomely exciting!

If you’re a parent and you want to do something with your kid that isn’t related to cleaning the toilets or forging through homework, check out these 20 great science projects that you can complete in the confines of your humble abode. Most of them use around-the-home items that you probably have on hand, although some will require a little bit of shopping ahead of time. To help you decide which are best for your children’s needs, the 20 have been divided into projects for younger students and projects for older ones.

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Love me some Science! #SciChat 

So, could ALL Science Experiments be thought of Makerspace?