Arctic and Antarctic Living Systems
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 National Science Foundation, NASA and NOAA, took place on January 17, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Kathleen Gorski, an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation, in the Office of Polar Programs. Dr. Gorski gave an informative presentation, highlighting a wealth of vetted websites and online resources, related to Polar Studies and the International Polar Year.

This Web Seminar was the second of three related to the IPY Symposium that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Birmingham, Alabama. In this seminar, the presenter talked about numerous online resources to extend and enhance classroom investigations of IPY and climate change. The Web Seminar was designed for educators of grades 5-8.

Thirty-eight (38) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides 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 enjoyed learning about the sites about mapping...sites recommended
    by teacher users.”

  • “I was amazed by the number of resources Kathy had to share.”

  • “I have seen the presenter on the Listserv and I knew she had a lot of
    resources that could be helpful to any teacher.”

  • “I enjoyed learning about the sites and the ideas about integrating them
    with literature. I also found the suggestions from the participants helpful.”

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


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