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Clues to Climates of the Past
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, 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. In part two of the series, Dr. Gardiner presented information used in determining what the climate was like in the past.

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 about the data sources for determining past climate. She explained how historical records, proxy records, instrumental records and supercomputer modeling are all used to give a complete picture of the climates of the past. In addition to these explanations, Dr. Gardiner also shared several classroom activities that are available free on the websites below.

Forty-eight (48) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. One participant joined from a country outside of the United States: 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:

  • “We must study history to be able to look to the future. Students need to know how to study the past.”

  • “Although I learned no new content (I did not expect to), I did learn some new ways to teach it with some great activities.”

  • “Very useful for up-to-date AP environmental sci class info!!”

  • “Easy methods to explain to middle school students regarding past climate.”

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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