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Exploration and Discovery through Maps: Teaching Science with Technology

This web seminar took place on November 13, 2014 from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. ET. The presenters were Anne Neale, a research scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Jessica Daniel, a Student Services Contractor, also for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

First Anne presented information about how ecosystem services are critically important to human well-being. Then she shared the web-based tool, EnviroAtlas, and she showed how it helps to educate and inform decisions concerning the places in which we live, work, derive resources, and play. EnviroAtlas does this through a variety of Internet/web applications. Jessica then showed how EPA's EnviroAtlas can be used in a classroom. The site is free, and it generates 100s of maps as it provides significant information on many science topics. EnviroAtlas contains easy-to-use, interactive tools and case studies aligned with NGSS and CCSS standards covering topics such as: ecosystems and their benefits to humans, biodiversity and its importance, and air and water quality.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "Very interesting..I want to see how it can connect with other GreenSchool/Environmental programs."
  • "I enjoyed how interactive the speakers were with the participants."
  • "I learned many things that I will use in my future classroom!"

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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