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TCDL Bulletin
Volume 3   Issue 2
Summer 2007


Teaching Box Builder

Customizing Pedagogical Contexts for Use of Digital Library Resources in Classrooms

Huda J. Khan
Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80301
Keith E. Maull
Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80301

Although digital libraries enable science educators to access a much greater amount of immediately available scientific resources for use in the classroom than was previously possible, educators must still face the complex task of developing dynamic learning environments in their classroom. As more educators go online to find quality resources for use in the classrooms, they would benefit from viewing comprehensive and customizable examples of how these resources can be integrated into lessons. The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) Teaching Boxes ( are digital analogs of the collections of teaching materials that educators compile for use in their classrooms. Teaching Boxes are sequences of inquiry-oriented lessons that use digital library resources and that are associated with a concept map that defines intended student conceptual progression. This poster presents Teaching Box Builder, an application that assists educators in designing and customizing teaching boxes based on their pedagogical needs.

Using the Teaching Box Builder, educators can search for and create personal collections of digital resources they find potentially pedagogically relevant. Educators can record pedagogical notes for resources that are context specific (i.e. notes for the use of a resource in a particular activity) and directly incorporate resources from their searches or personal teaching box collections into their lessons. Because the application is completely integrated with the DLESE search web service, educators can also view the full metadata of a resource from within the application. Our poster provides an overview of Teaching Box Builder technology, features, studies, and future work.

Thumbnail image of poster

For a larger view of Figure 1, click here.


© Copyright 2007 Huda J. Khan and Keith E. Maull
Some or all of these materials were previously published in the Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital libraries, ACM 1-59593-354-9.

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