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An Introduction to Earth’s Climate
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 25, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Lisa Gardiner, Educational Designer with the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Gardiner presented an overview of the differences between climate and weather and explained the basics of what influences the Earth’s climate and how it has changed, both historically and recently.

This web seminar is part of a series of six programs designed to bring climate education resources to secondary educators from the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Gardiner presented information on the aspects that influence the Earth’s climate from Albedo to Volcanoes. She also presented a number of classroom activities that are free and available online to teach students about climate and climate change.

Fifty-seven (57) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Two participants joined from countries outside of the United States: Mexico and Romania.

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

  • “It was a great introduction, and gave suggestions for lesson plans for children. I loved the website recommendation also. It is very practical.”

  • “I now have a clear understanding on weather vs. climate and will be able to teach my future students.”

  • “The resources provided and brought to my attention will be very helpful in the future.”

  • “Great graphics and activities, esp. since they are centered around graphing which always needs to be reinforced.”

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


See when other UCAR Climate Change Web Seminars are scheduled.

To see more programs on Climate Change visit: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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