Wetland Plants of Northeast Free Field Guide

Swamp School Inc. has developed a new field guide  to wetland plants of the Northeastern U.S. It is available free.

Interactive Virtual Lab on Ocean Acidification

Stanford University’s Virtual Urchin website has  interactive tutorials on using microscopes and  several on aspects of sea urchin biology, as well as a new interactive virtual lab on ocean acidification.  (all resources free, open-access)

Students use a virtual lab bench and current research data to investigate ocean acidification. The developers plan to make modifications to the activity (combine some steps, make the hit spots larger, use a “lab equipment ID/safety check” as an intro to the lab,  etc.), so email your suggestions to Pam Miller <pmiller1@stanford.edu>

Free Online Weather Course for K-12 Teachers

The American Meteorological Society is again offering a free online weather course, “DataStreme Atmosphere,” beginning in January 2010.  The course offers teachers free educational materials and access to the semester course.
Visit here for complete information about how to apply, what materials are supplied, what the program expects from participants, how to contact your state’s LIT Leader.
Participants must be teaching professionals at the precollege level who live in an area served by a Local Implementation Team (LIT).
locate an LIT Leader

Live Webcasts from Dr. Robert Ballard

Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard will discuss his recent deep-sea discoveries;  introduce the new, state-of-the-art ship of exploration; and reveal the details of his 2010 expedition via a live webcast. On December 3, Immersion Learning™ brings Dr. Ballard’s world of ocean exploration live to audiences via webcasts at immersionlearning.org. The live webcasts are the first to take place from Dr. Ballard’s new Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Campus, which serves as “mission control” for undersea exploration.

Dr. Ballard will share stories and underwater video from the Institute for Exploration’s recent expedition to the Aegean Sea, where they discovered five shipwreck sites from aboard the E/V Nautilus, Dr. Ballard’s new ship of exploration. The ship is linked to the Inner Space Center, allowing scientists and Immersion Learning students to “step aboard,” regardless of their location. Dr. Ballard will introduce audiences to the Nautilus and discuss his 2010 expedition, a six-month trip that includes a return to the Aegean and Black seas, as well as his first-ever exploration of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

The 30-minute live webcasts can be watched on immersionlearning.org at 1:30, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Viewers may submit their questions and comments before or during the webcast for the question-and-answer session.