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New Climate Tools for Educators

This Web Seminar took place on May 3, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Amy Work, education coordinator at the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT), and Peg Steffen, education coordinator for the Communications and Education Division of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. In this program, Ms. Work and Ms. Steffen talked about free online tools and resources that educators can use to teach about climate change issues.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

During this seminar, Ms. Work discussed the impacts of climate change on human health. She introduced participants to the CHANGE Viewer, a web-based tool that allows users to work with data to assess the effects of warmer temperatures, more frequent droughts, and increased storm events on human communities across the globe. Then Ms. Steffen shared a variety of resources that teachers can access online, such as the Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit, which contains case studies, activities, fact sheets, and a video.

Thirty-seven (37) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico. In addition, four participants joined the presentation from locations outside the United States: Canada, Germany, Philippines, and Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My 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:

  • “Great application for student research.”
  • “Excellent resources on impact of climate change.”
  • “The introduction to the CHANGE program will be highly valuable in teaching my lessons.”
  • “Clarifying for me, tools I can use immediately with my students!”

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

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