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Earth Then, Earth Now: Our Changing Climate: Climate Change Jeopardy
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 took place on March 31, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Michael Winton, an oceanographer at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) of the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA). In this Seminar, Dr. Winton focused the discussion on the data indicating the Earth’s climate is changing and possible consequences.

This is the first of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the Earth Then, Earth Now: Our Changing Climate Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, LA. In this program Dr. Winton talked about greenhouse gases, the Earth’s carbon cycle, and global climate models. He showed a variety of graphs generated from current research to illustrate the human influence on Earth’s current climate pattern.

Sixty-seven (67) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virgina. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from countries outside the United States: Korea, and the Philippines.

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. m.

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

  • “Direct Tie in to my unit on Energy. I wanted more information on the chemistry of climate change as well, and gave me more insight on how to really read the models of climate change and carbon emissions effectively.”

  • “Fits in with topics and projects my classes are doing right now.”

  • “Climate change is of great importance as far biology and general science goes, quite in depth with the numbers, but overall it was informative and gives me something to talk to my future students about.”

  • “This is my first year teaching Earth Science, so I can use all the material I can get!”

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


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