Visual Education Conference, Maine

The University of Maine Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (CTEL) is a proud sponsor of Diverse 2010, an international conference on innovations in visual education, July 6-8 USM Portland Campus, http://usm.maine.edu/pdc/diverse/ The three-day conference is filled with workshops on telepresence, how to use video training for teacher education, finding ways to communicate concepts of virtual performance to students with autism, using video for assessment, and even a presentation on using iPads in education (see http://www.usm.maine.edu/pdc/diverse/presentations.html for the full presenter list). Educators, researchers, and innovators in visual education will be particularly interested in the sessions and the Creative Concept Coffees that will provide a forum to process the ideas with your peers.The keynote speakers include Marci Powell, Chair of the Board for the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and Global Director for Higher Education and Corporate Training at Polycom, and Benjamin Hubbard, manager of webcast.berkeley at UC Berkeley.

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Behind the Scenes at the Ocean Explorium

A School of Adventure – especially for kids!  On Tuesday December 29, 2010 at 7 pm, Explorium aquarists will take young people and their families on a behind-the-scenes tour of their living exhibits. Visit the Ocean Explorium’s website for directions and pricing.

Education Notes in Ocean Policy Task Force Draft Report

The draft report of the Ocean Policy Task Force was released for public comment on September 17.  The draft report is available online, as is a place to submit your comments.
Thanks to the comments from the community earlier in this process, education shows up in a few places in this draft document, i.e.:

* Principle 6 (pg 16) addresses education: “United States policies, programs, and activities should enhance formal and informal education about the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes and their uses to build a foundation for greater understanding and improved stewardship, and build capacity to produce future scientists, managers, and members of a dynamic and innovative workforce.”
* Page 32 on the plan says: “The Plan Should Address:  Challenges, gaps, opportunities, and effective strategies for training and recruiting the current and next generation of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists, technicians, operators, managers, and policy makers, with a particular focus on the needs of disadvantaged or under-served communities; and Identification of successful formal and informal education and public outreach approaches, including their application toward a focused nation-wide campaign to build public awareness, engagement, understanding, and informed decision-making, with specific emphasis on the state of ecosystems. “

Environmental Educator, Virginia

The non-profit Elizabeth River Project, based in Portsmouth, Virginia,  is looking for a fulltime environmental educator/caretaker to support the world’s first floating wetland classroom, The Learning Barge, powered by sun and wind. Assignment will be to work with the Outreach Programs Manager to plan and implement the first year of programming for The Learning Barge, using its five learning stations to teach students and adults how to make the Elizabeth River swimmable and fishable by 2020.  A curriculum has been drafted by area educators. Details online.

Job Openings at Bigelow Lab

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine has two job openings: Lab Manager and Education Coordinator (half-time position). Job descriptions and application instructions