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Teaching Climate With Models: Future Climate Projections
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This web seminar took place on February 28, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenters were Scott Denning, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, and Randy Russell, Lead Web and Interactive Multimedia Developer for Spark. During the program Dr. Denning and Dr. Russell discussed the science behind climate change and provided strategies for teaching about climate modeling in a classroom setting.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


This was the third web seminar in a series examining the use of models (both conceptual models and computer models) for teaching about the science of climate and global change. During this program Dr. Denning reviewed the science of the greenhouse effect and its impact on human populations now and in the future. Dr. Russell shared instructional strategies and interactive tools for the classroom, including the Very, Very Simple Climate Model—free educational software that enables students to try out "what if" scenarios about changes to our planet's climate during the coming century.


Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates 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:

  • “I really like the Very, Very Simple Climate Model. I plan to use this in my earth science class in the very near future.”
  • “I enjoyed seeing the models used by scientists to help explain what is happening to our climate.”

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




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