Arctic and Antarctic Living Systems
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 the National Science Foundation, NOAA, and NASA, took place on December 20, 2007, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Brendan Kelly, Director for Arctic Biology in the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Kelly is also Associate Vice President for Research and Associate Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Alaska. The program focused on how climate change is affecting living systems in the Polar Regions.

This Web Seminar was the first of three, related to the IPY Symposium that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Kelly gave a fascinating presentation about the International Polar Year (IPY) and land and marine adaptations to extreme conditions, species migration, and the role of humans in polar ecosystems. The Web Seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-8.

Thirty-three (33) 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, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. One participant attended the program from Australia. Another participant attended from Egypt. Seminar participants received a one-year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides 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 and exciting topic! The presenter was able to present a clear picture of current trends in climate change in the arctic.”

  • “The content was very accessible to the grade level I teach (5-8), so I will be
    able to use much of it in the classroom.”

  • “I LOVE the fact that I can download the slides and discuss this with my

  • “I really like having the opportunity to ask questions and/or to see what
    others want to know. I learned more about the food web with the
    seals...because of a question.”

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


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