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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 October 28, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Randy Russell, Educational Designer with the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Russell presented information on climate modeling, supercomputers, and what people can do to have a positive influence on 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 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). In this program, Dr. Russell discussed the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He talked about climate models and how they are developed, then gave an overview of climate modeling websites that can be used in the classroom. Finally, Dr. Russell shared some practical steps that individuals can take to have a positive effect on the climate.

Thirty-five (35) 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, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Two participants joined from countries outside of the United States: Canada 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:

  • “The activities would be great for my students because they are so interactive and they can see immediate effects of their decisions.”
  • “High school students will appreciate the technology that goes into the modeling.”
  • “I teach basic climate models looking at radiative thermal equilibrium to my IB Physics classes. The shared resources will be helpful to them.”
  • “Another good teaching resource to keep on hand.”

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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For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org

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