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Interactive Visualization Tools for Climate

This Web Seminar took place on September 14, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Bart Merrick, Education Coordinator at the Environmental Science Training Center (ESTC) and LuAnn Dahlman, Educational Specialist in NOAA’s Climate Program Office. In this program, the two presenters showed the audience some of the new, free, online, climate tools that teachers can use in their classrooms.

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.

The first of the NOAA web seminar series for the 2011-2012 academic year, started with a description of some of the new online tools available for student and teacher use. Presenters LuAnn Dalman and Bart Merrick showed the audience a variety of online resources for climate and allowed them to investigate the web sites during the live web seminar. The links to the tools that were introduced during this program can be found in the collections above.

Seventy-eight (78) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition, five participants joined the presentation from locations outside of the United States: Brazil, Canada, Germany, Puerto Rico and Turkey.

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

  • “The websites that were shown presented a lot of features that were "kid friendly"
  • “It demonstrated a great way to bring relevant data into my science classes. The analysis tools were great!”
  • “A tour of the NOAA sites was very helpful. Sometimes while investigating new sites on my own, I'm not always sure what I'm looking at or where I can go to find something. All the sites shown tonight will allow me to use more relevant data in my class. Showing me an example of how to use the data was very helpful.”
  • “It’s always great to have hands on tools to have the students investigate a concept.”

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

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