The Role of Polar Regions in Earth’s Changing Climate 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, sponsored by the NSF, NOAA, and NASA, took place on November 27, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Doug Williams, Carolina Trustee Professor of Marine and Geological Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Doug talked about the climate changes taking place in the Arctic and Antarctic and how these changes are affecting the planet.

This web seminar was the first of two related to the IPY Symposium that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Denver, Colorado. The presenter talked about the changing climate system and how the Arctic and Antarctic regions are responding to these changes. He also talked about the International Polar Year and its related teacher opportunities. The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-8.

Fifty-seven (57) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuide 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:

  • "I really enjoyed the welcoming style of the presenter, the distillation of resources and information. And having the slides to use as future tools is wonderful.”
  • “I enjoyed Dr. Doug's manner, his willingness to answer questions, and the depth and quality of his insight into the implications of his work.”
  • “I appreciate the content and the opportunity to adapt content and materials for the classroom. The links are also valuable for enhancing the presentation.”
  • “This web seminar was good...had relevant information...teachers can use this information easily with their students.”

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


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