- As a class, compose a message to introduce yourselves and provide
information about your local aquatic field study. Begin by providing
the following information:
- The name of your school
- The location of your school: city, state or province, country
- The location of your school: latitude and longitude
- The name of your class or team
- Your grade level
- Your JASONnet Primary Interactive Network Site (PINS) (This is where you
will go to participate in the live telepresence.
- The type of aquatic area you are studying (e.g., bog, marsh, river, swamp, or stream)
- As a class, continue composing an introductory message by writing a few
paragraphs about yourselves and your aquatic field-study site:
- Add to your description of the location of your school and aquatic field-study
site by describing prominent local landmarks, famous historical events, or
unique characteristics of the local area. Be as elaborate and clear as possible to
ensure that students from other parts of the country can locate you and your
aquatic field-study site on a map.
- Describe your aquatic field-study site in detail. Explain what the area looks like,
what type of water (fresh, brackish, salt, etc.) is present at the site, what plants
and animals live there, what the surrounding area is like, and what
characteristics make the site different from other aquatic sites. Use words to
"paint a picture" of the area for the reader.
- Describe the history of your aquatic field-study site. Historical information helps
people determine, understand, and evaluate past events to gain a better
understanding of why things are the way they are now-which helps people
plan for the future. Understanding the history of your site will help you predict
its future. By sharing historical information online, you may discover common
trends and patterns of changes in aquatic environments that will help you
predict the future of your own site.
- Describe past and current problems that have affected your site, and solutions
that have been tried. Include local residents' opinions about the problems and
- As a class, develop a plan for continuing your local field study. How often will
you visit the site to make observations? What measurements will you take? What
types of tools will you use? What Internet tools will you use to share information
online? After developing your plan, add a description of it to your introductory
- Look at the protocols that you and other research teams in the class developed
during the Game earlier in this Investigation. Are there other questions, criteria, or
statements you think you should add to your introductory message? If so, add them.
- Review Master 6a, which shows a sample introductory e-mail message and the
proper form for e-mail correspondence. Use e-mail to send your introductory
message to the JASON Online Student Discussion Group. See Master 6c for
information about how to begin participating in this discussion group.
- Read the introductory messages that other JASON Project participants have
posted to the JASON Online Student Discussion Group. Find out who the
participants are, where they are located, and what aquatic sites they are studying.
- Do you have questions about other participants or their study sites? Through the
JASON Online Student Discussion Group, ask these participants your questions.
Start a correspondence with them-they might have questions for you, too!
- Develop a filing system to organize the information that you obtain by reading
other JASON Project participants' e-mail messages. Color-code the types of aquatic
environment (e.g., marsh, swamp, bog, stream, river, estuary, bay, or ocean) being
studied on a state, U. S., or world map. (For example, mark the location of all the
marsh study sites with a yellow marker, the rivers with blue, and so on.) As you
continue your Internet correspondence, add any new information you obtain to
your filing system and map.
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Revised: 3 Nov 1995