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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Arctic and Antarctic Birds

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 Tuesday, April 21, 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. In this program, presenters Jennifer Fee, Colleen McLinn, and Jessica Fries-Gaither provided an overview of resources that can be used to investigate bird behavior in the classroom.

Jennifer Fee, BirdSleuth Project Leader for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology introduced ways to incorporate inquiry into teaching through the study of birds. Resources such as BirdSleuth allow for students to investigate bird behavior, patterns in migration and other aspects of bird study that align to science teaching standards.

Colleen McLinn, Outreach Associate for the Macaulay Library of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology featured some of the resources from Macaulay’s collection of animal sounds and how these materials can be used in the classroom. McLinn discussed examples of experiments using bird sounds and bird call identification, lessons studying physical adaptations, and future plans for more educational resources related to the library.

Jessica Fries-Gaither highlighted resources from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as well as additional materials in the bird issue of Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. This cyberzine directed at elementary educators provides strategies, lesson plans, multimedia, and articles that are easily adaptable to the higher grades and that support the integration of science and literacy with a focus on the Polar Regions.

Thirty-five (35) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Educators represented the states of Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming.

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:

  • “Activities to use in my life science classroom--meets many of the Louisiana Grade Level Expectations (GLEs).”

  • “It gave me wonderful ideas on how to incorporate literacy with science.”

  • “Interesting resource links, especially Macaulay Library info.”

  • “We are about to host a workshop about Auks and local seabirds, so these resources are a great supplement to what we already have!”

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


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