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Climate Change Here and Now: Forest Ecosystem Impacts
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 May 12, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Vicki Arthur of U.S. Forest Service, D.C. Headquarters, and Conservation Education Office. Ms. Arthur gave an overview of the many online Forest Service related or sponsored web sites that can be used in the classroom to teach students about climate change.

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.

This is the second of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to Climate Change Here and Now: Forest Ecosystem Impacts Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia, PA. In this program, Vicki Arthur lead participants through a wide range of online resource for teaching about climate change. Some of the resources had interactive displays where students could manipulate variables and others had hosts of information and ways for individuals to contribute to a positive impact on climate change. Many resources come with teacher guides and handouts that are available to download for free.

Thirty-nine (39) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. One participant attended the Web Seminar from a country outside the United States: Romania.

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:

  • “In my environmental science course we can use many of these resources.”

  • “Lots of great links/website resources to explore and use.”

  • “Differentiated instruction, authentic lessons.”

  • “Very good for "local" climate effects, US regional!”

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

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