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An Introduction to
Earth’s Climate

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 September 22, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Randy Russell, Educational Designer with the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Russell presented an overview of the differences between climate and weather and explained the basics of what influences the Earth’s climate and how it has changed, both historically and recently.

This web seminar is part of a series of six programs designed to bring climate education resources to secondary educators from the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Russell presented information on the aspects that influence the Earth’s climate from Albedo to Volcanoes. He also presented a number of classroom activities that are free and available online to teach students about climate and climate change.


Sixty (60) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Two participants joined from a country outside of the United States: Canada.


Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides and a certificate of attendance was deposited into their 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:

  • “It provided lesson plans/activities and web links/URL to useful information.”
  • “It gives me greater depth of knowledge and project ideas and applications in the class.”
  • “7th grade standards for Ohio include the teaching of climates.”
  • “I am going to be teaching a class on climate change and this information will help me to be better prepared.”

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


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See when other UCAR Climate Change Web Seminars are scheduled.


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