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  Coral Ecosystems
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, sponsored by NOAA, took place on April 10, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Kelly Drinnen, Education Specialist for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The topic of her presentation was impacts to coral reefs.

This web seminar was the first of two related to the NOAA Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts. The presenter talked about how watersheds, animals, industry, environmental stress, and human recreation (diving, sailing, and boating) are impacting the health of coral reefs. Drinnen also shared ideas of specific things we can do to help improve the health of coral reefs. The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-12.

Thirty-four (34) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. One participant attended the program from Dubai. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide 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:

  • "This was a great way to have professional development at home in a
    small digestible bite!.”

  • “Great follow-up to the symposium in Boston. Great presenter.”

  • “I enjoyed the web seminar. I found the environmental stress portion the
    most interesting.”

  • “The URL's given as part of the chat session are great!”

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


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