Online PD from NOAA

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Announces Why Do We Explore? An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels.  June 21- July 2, 2010 (this is a repeat of the course offered in October 2009) in partnership with the College of Exploration

Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research for the second workshop in a series of educator professional development opportunities focused around NOAA’s new ship and America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration, the /Okeanos Explorer/. This workshop will introduce the new /Okeanos Explorer /Education Materials Collection built around the themes: Why Do We Explore?, How Do We Explore? and What Do We Expect to Find? Scientific presenters and education facilitators will work with participants to delve into the benefits of ocean exploration targeting climate change, energy, human health and ocean health. Interact with ocean explorers, converse and share classroom applications with other educators, and find a wealth of multimedia resources. We will introduce the first in a series of Leader’s Guides for Classroom Explorers entitled Why Do We Explore?, with its companion Initial Inquiry Lesson, To Boldly Go…, as well as additional lesson plans and other resources.

Speakers include:
• Dr. Charles Fisher: Professor of Biology, Eberly College of Science at The Pennsylvania State University
• Dr. Shirley A. Pomponi: Executive Director, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University
• Dr. Edith Widder: Cofounder and President, Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA)

This workshop is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive graduate credit (fee for the credit) or obtain a certificate of completion.

To register go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe/

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Live “Meet A Scientist” Webinar with Aquatic Vet

Immersion Learning invites you to participate in a live webinar with veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle entitled, “Meet an Aquatic Vet!” This webinar is part of Immersion’s “Meet a Scientist!” webinar series which is offered every other month from October to June. Tuttle is the Staff Veterinarian & Director of Animal Care at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. She cares for a variety of aquatic animals at the Aquarium including fish, beluga whales, and stranded seals. Click here to learn more about Dr. Tuttle’s work through Immersion’s Seal Rescue! online game in which you get to be the vet and investigate what is wrong with four stranded seals.

Thursday, June 10, 2010 — two time slots available: (1) 2:00-2:45 pm Eastern & (2) 6:00-6:45 pm Eastern.  We will be webcasting live from Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration through the free, online Adobe Connect platform. Each 45-minute webinar will include a 20-30 minute presentation by Tuttle and 15-25 minutes of interactivity such as polls and Q&A.  Sign up by e-mailing your name, organization name, number of kids, and preferred time slot to Laura Batt <laura@immersionlearning.org>. Once you are registered, you will receive more details on how to use Adobe Connect to join the webinar.

Webinar: Using and Adding Your Content to Google Ocean

The Ecosystem Based Management Tools Network offers a webinar on adding content to Google Ocean, by Charlotte Vick, Google Content Manager of Mission Blue, April 27, 2-3:30 pm US EDT.  The webinar will provide a non-technical general overview of the ocean layer of Google Earth 5.0 “Google Ocean” and its current content and will also provide information on how to add your own content (text, images, video, etc.) to the site.  Learn more about Google Ocean at http://earth.google.com/ocean.  Register for this webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/914642472.

Webinar: Ocean and Climate Change

The CARE (Connecting Arctic and Antarctic Researchers and Educators) Network announces an upcoming live webinar From the Tropics to the Poles — What the oceans have to tell us about climate change, Monday November 9,  2 PM Alaska Standard Time [3 PM PST, 4 PM MST, 5 PM CST, 6 PM EST]. Join this 1.5 hour long special online seminar for educators, researchers, and upper level students. Learn more about climate change from researchers Sam Bowser (Wadsworth Center) and Mark Leckie (University of Massachusetts). Also presenting, teachers Tina and Bob King will be sharing activities and teaching techniques related to this important research. More information about the seminar (i.e. agenda, website links, and discussion questions) will be sent after registration.
For more information about this seminar contact Janet Warburton <warburton@arcus.org.> or Kristin Timm <kristin@arcus.org>.

Webinar on Science Communication

On September 30, 1 pm US EDT, the Ecosystem Based Management Tools Network will offer a webinar –  Overview of Science Communication Tools – by Bill Dennison and Tim Carruthers of the University of Maryland.  The Integration and Application Network (IAN) produces a variety of communication products including newsletters, posters, books, reports, brochures, and conceptual diagrams. These products synthesize scientific findings using effective science communication techniques. This webinar will give an overview of the scientific communication products that IAN produces with a focus on conceptual diagrams and conceptual diagramming tools.  Conceptual diagrams or “thought drawings” depict essential attributes of the system and can evolve to capture increased understanding of the system.  They can help clarify thinking and avoid ambiguity, provide a communication interface that combines current scientific understanding with community priorities and environmental values, and identify gaps and priorities.  IAN provides a variety of resources, examples, tools and tutorials available along with a symbol library of over 1500 custom symbols to help you produce your own conceptual diagrams.  Learn more Web conferencing information about this tool demonstration will be sent out via the EBM Tools Network mailing list a few weeks before the webinar.

NSDL Brown Bag Webinars – Online

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Resource Center offers monthly Brown Bag webinars on topics of interest to STEM educators at all levels.  Sessions are typically scheduled for the final week of the month.  Learn about trends and issues in education, technology use in educational settings, and useful tools, services, and best practices.  Check out the upcoming brown bag, What Works? Using NSDL Collections in the K-12 Classroom, and look through the archives for information about open source technology tools you can use.  Brown Bag webinars

Ocean Science Education Webinars

COSEE-Networked Ocean World and Virginia Sea Grant announce their first online web seminars on ocean science education. Tune in on May 20 to learn more about The Bridge resource center, and on May 28 for an Ocean Observing Systems Primer. Information on how to register to participate for either or both sessions is online