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Effects of Climate
Change to Life on Earth

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 October 20, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Becca Hatheway, Educational Designer with the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. In part five of the series, Ms. Hatheway presented information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on Earth’s creatures and ecosystems by targeting a few specific examples of current changes. She also talked about Project BudBurst, a national field campaign for citizen scientists.

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 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 [UCAR]. Ms. Hatheway gave examples of how current changes in climate have allowed destructive insect species such as the mountain pine beetle to extend their range and influence. She also talked about human impacts such as the increase spread of disease and movement of mosquitoes and other disease causing insects into regions they had not previously occupied. Ms. Hatheway told participants about Project BudBurst and how educators can become involved and get their students involved in this project designed to help citizen scientists become involved in monitoring and recording climate change.

Sixty-three (63) 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, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Three participants joined from countries outside of the United States: Canada, Chile and Turkey.

Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants 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 very relevant; all of the information presented can be adapted to my teaching.”
  • “Website for students to explore climate change on their own.”
  • “I see some upgrades to budburst and additions to other resources that will be good to implement in my teaching.”
  • “I received great information about climate change. In addition, the budburst.org website can be valuable as well.”

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

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