Climate Change Online PD Workshop

Oregon State University E-Campus offers Global Climate Change Issues and Impacts Workshop, taught by Vicki Osis.

The course will provide information geared for teachers and general audiences about climate change and impacts of warming that are being expressed in various bioregions of the world. Topics in the course will also include current reports about oil supplies and the concept of peak oil, as well as alternative energy research, development and conservation. Teaching activities will be provided for various topics such as impacts on coral reefs and forests etc. A focus of the course will be how to teach a controversial and scary topic to students.

July 19-August 13, FW 808 1 credit professional development credit. Total Cost $75.00 ($50.00 for 1 credit. $25.00 admission to OSU if you are not an active student.)  Contact Vicki if you wish more information or to receive a syllabus of the course and to enroll in the class.  vjosis@peak.org

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Online Resource – Video Science Glossary

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has launched a Video Glossary.  The site provides one- to two-minute video clips featuring a Berkeley Lab scientist or engineer as they explain terms related to their research for lay audiences.  Topics include:  weather and climate, carbon cycle, climate change, genomics, nanotechnology – more than 50 in a growing list of terms anyone may encounter and want to understand better.  Use a link on the site to send your suggestions for additional terms to include – more are added every week.

Online Resource – Podcast of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life’s Education and Learning Group announces a new biweekly podcast, the Podcast of Life, Podcastium vitae. Beginning with a cache of 13 episodes and hosted by Ari Daniel Shapiro, the first in the series features the North Atlantic Right Whale. In addition to links to classroom resources, each episode offers ways for students to call in or record online to add their voices and ideas to the Podcast of Life.

Exploring the Deep Ocean Online

A consortium of academic and cultural institutions, Fathom creates and share high-quality online learning experiences, from in-depth free seminars to shorter features, interviews, and articles.  Their Exploring the Deep Ocean section includes materials from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the UK Natural History Museum, and Seminars in Marine Science and Oceanology include free multi-session courses on shark natural history and underwater bioacoustics.

Expedition to the North Atlantic – Join Online

On January 27 the Algalita Marine Research Foundation research team will embark on a voyage to study plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Ocean.  Students and teachers can join the research expedition from the classroom or home through the internet-based Ship-2-Shore Education Program, finding updates, images and videos from the research vessel through the program blog; opportunities to interact with the ship’s research team and other leading researchers to ask questions and share experiences; lessons and activities to integrate the experience into the classroom curriculum; and a chance to interact with students from around the world to share information, perspectives and solutions to this global issue.  For more information contact Holly Gray (vesselsupport@algalita.org) or visit the Ship-2-Shore website.

Scripps seeking student queries

Scripps Institute of Oceanography has launched an online “Ask Voyager” project, and invites questions from K-12 students to be answered by UCalifornia-San Diego scientists.  Two questions will be taken up each month, and featured in their award-winning magazine explorations as they relate to the main feature article.  March/April will focus on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  For more information and to read past questions and answers, visit explorations online.

Seminars on Science Online Learning from AMNH

Registration is open for two sessions of Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History.  The courses are ONLINE and can be taken for up to 4 graduate credits each.  Courses run Sept – Oct/ Oct – Nov (whichever works best for you), and you can sign up now at learn.amnh.org .    Courses include The Ocean System as well as the newest course, Water: Environmental Science.  Since the courses are fully web-based, there is no need to come to the museum at any time and all courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a PhD scientist in the field.   Registration for Session One closes August 24. Contact
seminfo@amnh.org for more details.