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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Physical Science from the Poles

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, developed in collaboration with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) took place on Wednesday, October 29, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. In this program Jessica Fries-Gaither, Project Director and Elementary Resource Specialist for the Ohio Resource Center and Dr. Carol Landis, Education Coordinator at the Byrd Polar Research Center featured resources from the online professional development magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears for K-5 educators.

Dr. Carol Landis provided background information on the physical properties of water and concepts in changes in states of matter. Using the formation of glaciers as a context to understand these ideas, Dr. Landis also discussed the different types of ice formations from ice sheets to ice floes and glaciers to sea ice. Jessica Fries-Gaither addressed misconceptions that students often have related to these concepts and teaching strategies through science content and literacy approaches that are a major focus of the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears magazine, available free online.

Sixty (60) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. One participant attended the program from Sweden. Participants received a certificate of participation and a one-year subscription to an NSTA SciGuide for attending the program and completing the evaluation form.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "I thought it (the Web Seminar) was very informative and beneficial. I learned the common misconceptions students have pertaining to the properties of ice and water."

  • "I liked the simple demonstrations and breaking of misconceptions."

  • "It (the Web Seminar) was very interactive and held my attention."

  • "This was my first web seminar. I really enjoyed it and will be sure to register for more."


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