This document reports on a front-end evaluation designed to investigate the ways by which kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) teachers and students can and do use real-time data (RTD) to understand and appreciate the role that the ocean environment plays in their lives.
We conducted this needs assessment of K-12 educators for NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System (and thank them for their support). The goals of this evaluation were to:
- identify the gap between SWMP/IOOS scientific data (current and projected) and the needs/capabilities of K-12 teachers and students to use those data, and
- to determine and recommend ways to bridge that gap via data visualization/ presentation and educational products/services.