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Platforms for Independent Investigation

The use of computer and imaging technology is increasingly prevalent in the environmental health science world. Computer and image interpretation skills will be invaluable to the environmental health science professionals of the 21st century. However, many teachers and students lack experience and confidence with the use of computer technologies for conducting research. As a result, independent use of image processing and analysis and geographic information systems software as a learning tool becomes a formidable and even frightening prospect to the uninitiated.The software used in Powers of Inquiry are powerful research tools being used by educators and scientists around the world. The programs are simple but powerful, capable of sophisticated analysis operations yet easy to learn and understand. As such, their application in the classroom is natural. Used on their own, the Powers of Inquiry software programs are completely open-ended. Student researchers are free to create and explore data in ways that mirror the processes of research scientists.

 
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