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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 October 6, 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 three of the series, Ms. Hatheway 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]. Ms. Hatheway 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-five (65) 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, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Two participants joined from a country outside of the United States: Canada.

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 cycles and concept of an organism as both a sink & a source for Carbon was great info”!
  • “It was relevant and valuable because I teach this in Environmental Science and in the second semester of Biology. Honestly, I was in a Ph.D. program in Biology before I got married, so felt confident with the material, but that in no way undermines the relevance of the material; I am glad you are pushing out this info to teachers.”
  • “When I teach about the geochemical cycles, the lessons are so dry. I am so glad to have activities that my students can do!”
  • “I really like the links to resources, ideas for activities, and in general the information provided.”

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


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