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 December 13, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Kathy Gorski, an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Office of Polar Programs. Dr. Gorski talked about IPY teacher opportunities and resources and shared information regarding the tools and techniques used by polar scientists during research experiences.

This web seminar was the second of two related to the IPY Symposium that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Denver, Colorado. In celebration of the International Polar Day, Dr. Gorski talked about the history and goals of IPY. She shared related teacher opportunities and resources, highlighting websites like PolarTREC, DLESE, and Dr. Gorski also presented information about the tools and techniques used by polar scientists during research experiences. The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-8.

Twenty-nine (29) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. One participant attended the program from Colombia. 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 am always interested in the web resources as I have a very small

  • “For this particular web seminar, I thought the chat was awesome. There
    was a lot of good discussion going on.”

  • “Learned about the composition of ice and methods scientists use to
    examine ice.”

  • “Never knew there were so many types of ice! Happy International
    Polar day!”

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


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