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Explore with Students the Connections between a Changing Land Cover and Climate

This Web Seminar took place on December 14, 2011 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Steve Albers and Frank Niepold from NOAA and Jessica Mackaro from the GLOBE Program. The presenters talked about changes in the terrestrial landscape that can be attributed to climate change and how teachers and their classes can become part of a group that monitors local conditions.

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This program informed participants about The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program and shared how educators can engage students in helping to monitor changes in their local environments. Steve Albers, Frank Niepold, and Jessica Mackaro discussed transformations in global land cover and land use and explained the causes of these changes. The presenters also talked about how land cover relates to the global carbon cycle. Participants submitted a wide range of questions and contributed to a thoughtful discussion of teacher resources on the chat.

Thirty-one (31) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from countries outside the United States: Germany and Puerto Rico.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. 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:

  • “We are conducting student research projects related to the topic.”
  • “I teach weather and atmosphere unit, so having my students actually being climatologists and collecting data will be awesome.”
  • “Some good information on climate change causes which is what I was looking for.”
  • “Great opportunity for citizen science for students to connect to the critical issue of climate change. Great scenario info tonight as well.”

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

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