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Global Climate Change
and the Earth System

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 April 6, 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 three of the series, Dr. Gardiner presented information about the Earth System. She explained what the system was and how the parts of the system are affected by climate change.

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]. Dr. Gardiner gave an overview of the Earth System: atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and cryosphere and talked about the parts of the system that were affected by climate change and what those effects were. As with previous programs in the series, several classroom activities and links to websites for classroom use were also demonstrated during the live program.

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 California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 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:

  • “The planet as a whole fascinates me and I'm conscientious of what our day-to-day activities are doing to our environment and climate. It was informative to learn about the various cycles.”

  • “Knowledge of methane emissions was very good.”

  • “Excellent Information”

  • “The resources will be invaluable.”

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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