OSTIblog Articles in the gls Topic
by David Wojick 06 May, 2010 in Technology
Technologies often have multiple uses, and so it is with OSTI's grade level stratification (GLS) tool. GLS was developed as a search tool and is implemented on OSTI's new science education portal: http://www.scienceeducation.gov. Once users search for content by topic, GLS enables users to stratify the hit list by grade level.
But GLS is also potentially useful as a content development, or authoring, tool. That is, GLS can be used to tailor content to a given grade level. Federal agencies like DOE do a great deal of content development, so proper tailoring is an important issue. This is true not merely for educational content, but for anything that is intended to be read by non-experts, including the public, DOE people, Congressional staff, etc. Even scientists are non-experts outside of their specialty.