Are you seeking a K-12 professional development opportunity that will enhance your qualifications, competency, and self-confidence in integrating Earth system science, climate, and global change into your science classroom? The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers a suite of distance learning courses that build upon their face-to-face professional development workshops. Climate Discovery is a series of six-week courses for middle and high school educators. The course offerings include:
The first course, Introduction to Earth's Climate, focuses on such questions as: What's the difference between weather and climate? Is the climate REALLY changing? Has the climate changed in the past? How do we know? This online course experience features a high level of interactivity, tools for assessment, and effective community-building interactive technologies. Register today, the first course begins October 30. http://ecourses.ncar.ucar.edu/climate_change_101.html
Professional development opportunities: Oceans for Life 2006 Virtual Teacher Workshops, Colorado Science Conference for Professional Development
The College of Exploration will host a series of free, virtual teacher workshops on the topic of ocean exploration. The Oceans for Life 2006 virtual teacher workshops feature leading and emerging scientists presenting their research, explorations and discoveries in ocean areas off the United States and answering questions online about their work. The workshop also provides links to educational resources that can extend this research into the classroom. All registered participants will receive a free copy of the newest National Geographic map, 'From Sea to Shining Sea : Exploring America's Ocean Realms'. The workshop acts as a network in which educators can discuss how to use the information and materials in the classroom. Graduate credit is also available. Register now; the second workshop runs November 6 - 17, 2006.
The Colorado Science Conference for Professional Development offers science educators the latest in content, pedagogy, and research to further their professional growth. Sessions include demonstrations of experiments, the use of technology in teaching science or scientific phenomena; hands-on workshops that actively engage the audience with materials; and presentations of innovative teaching ideas, results of research, and general science topics of interest (for example, alignment of instruction with Colorado's Science or Literacy Standards). Take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate with science education leaders and your peers. The conference will be held at the Denver Merchandise Mart November 16 and 17, 2006; deadline for registration is November 10.
DLESE Collections News: Environmental Visualization, Environmental Science Activities Collections, Stone Wall Initiative
Three new collections were recently accessioned into dlese.org.
The Environmental Science Activities for the 21st Century (ESA21) project provides multi-week activity modules around major topics in environmental science. The modules are designed to supplement environmental science courses with existing laboratory components or provide course activities for traditional and online courses that lack a laboratory component. The activities hybridize online and wet-lab exercises to take advantage of both formats and utilize existing, high-quality materials from the Internet. The modules emphasize lifestyle examination, ethical considerations, and critical analysis of individual contributions to large-scale regional and global impacts. This allows students to see their place in the environment and how lifestyle changes can facilitate greater environmental sustainability. Modules cover the atmosphere, basic science, biogeochemical cycles, energy, fossil fuels, nuclear energy, ozone, renewable energy, and water.
The Stone Wall Initiative (SWI) promotes the appreciation, investigation, and conservation of stone walls in New England . SWI emphasizes the cultural, natural, and aesthetic resources provided by historic walls, which are the closest thing New England has to classical ruins. Materials available at the site include news articles, links to books and other publications, and links to information on public presentations, school presentations, and field trips. For teachers, there are collaborative, field-tested curricula for students in primary and secondary grades, a reference book that provides background information, and information on a teacher's kit that contains specimens of stone found in walls, an identification card for the specimens, and materials for studying them. There is also information on threats to New England 's stone walls and how to preserve them.
The first NASA 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition challenges students to create unique audio recording and video shorts to answer the question: "How Will Space Exploration Benefit Your Life in the Future?" The contest is open to U.S. citizens, students ages 11-18; the deadline for submitting a podcast has been extended to October 20, 2006. Students will be grouped into two age divisions: 11-14 and 15-18. Each division will have two separate categories: audio podcast and video podcast. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each category and age group. An additional "People's Choice Award" will honor one podcast for each age division.
The 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition is an Education and Public Outreach project designed to inspire and motivate the next generation of explorers and to compete effectively for the minds, imaginations, and career ambitions of America 's young people.
The 17th Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program