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Online PD: Seminars on Science at AMNH

Registration is open for two Spring 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 Jan – March OR March – April (whichever works best for you), and you can sign up now at learn.amnh.org . Courses include: Evolution; Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; The Solar System, Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Diversity of Fishes, and Space, Time and Motion, as well as our newest course, Climate Change.  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 January 10th.

Online Course: Deep Sea Ecosystems, Gulf of Mexico

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Announces Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels
October 11-29, 2010 in partnership with the College of Exploration

This online professional development offering presents Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems Education Materials Collection, a selection of lessons about deep-sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico based on ten ocean exploration expeditions sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Exploration and Research (OER) between 2002 and 2009. Some of these sites are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well. Additional background information will be introduced about the unique geology of the region and behavior of oil in seawater. This offering is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive one graduate extension credit ($100 for the credit) or obtain a certificate of completion.  To register, go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe/

Explore Underwater San Andreas Fault – Follow Online

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Launches Cradle of the Earthquake:  Exploring the Underwater San Andreas Fault 2010  Expedition,  September 16 – October 2, 2010

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) announces the launch of the Cradle of the Earthquake:  Exploring the Underwater San Andreas Fault 2010 Expedition Web page on its Ocean Explorer Web site at http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/10sanandreas/welcome.html. This Expedition posting includes daily logs, videos and images, an Ocean Explorer Expedition Education Module, lesson plans, an “Ask an Explorer” feature and much more.

Ocean Film Festival Live Online Coverage

LIVE! From the BLUE Ocean Film Festival on Oceanslive.org.  Join the the OceanLIVE team as they broadcast on location from this ocean film festival in Monterey, CA. Watch broadcasts at 1:oo PM and 5:00 PM ET Aug. 25-29 for updates on festival events, film discussions, special guest interviews and coverage of the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony. Experience the ocean through the power of film — catch all the action online at http://OceansLive.org!

Online Seminars on Science from AMNH

For those of you looking for credits this Fall, registration is open for two sessions of Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).  The courses are ONLINE and can be taken for up to 4 graduate credits each.  Courses run Sept – Oct OR Oct – Nov (whichever works best for you), and you can sign up now at learn.amnh.org . Courses include  The Ocean System.  All courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a PhD scientist in the field.  Registration for Session 1 closes August 27.  Early registration discount ends August 16. For more information call 800-649-6715 or email seminfo@amnh.org

Lessons from the Deep – Online

NOAA’s Office of Exploration and Research (OER), in partnership with the College of Exploration, will offer the free online workshop, Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems, October 11-29, 2010.  Between 2002 and 2009, OER sponsored 14 expeditions to study little-known deep-sea organisms and ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.  Some of the sites studied are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well.  Each of these expeditions was documented with an extensive website that included lesson plans for educators of grades 5-12.  NOAA is developing an online professional development offering for educators of all levels that will focus on OER’s Gulf of Mexico Deep-Sea expeditions.  The course will be supported by keynote addresses from scientists and an Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystem Materials Collection.  The collection includes a selection of lesson plans together with new lessons and additional background information about the Deepwater Horizon blowout event.  The workshop will be free for all participants and will be available 24/7.  Registration will be open at the end of August through the website. http://www.coexploration.org/oe/

Aquariums and Climate Coalition Presents Online Talk

Thanks to a generous grant from NOAA, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, New England Aquarium and National Aquarium in Baltimore established a partnership to advance the discussion of climate change and the ocean among aquariums and their visitors. Joined by nearly all of the aquariums in the United States, the Aquariums and Climate Coalition has been working to provide marine educators with ways to address this topic with the public.

On Friday, August 6, three of the Aquariums and Climate Coalition members — from the East Coast, the Gulf Coast, and the West Coast — will join program host Tom Bowman for a 90 minute candid, in-depth online conversation about communicating the link between climate change and the Gulf oil spill with visitors. You will hear about the challenges and opportunities they are wrestling with in their institutions and among their stakeholders. We hope you will join the program too and bring your own experiences and questions to share. Register for the event here.

To help prepare for the event, Tom has written a paper on the connection between the oil spill and climate change, which you can access here.

Grants for Environmental Ed Online Courses – High School Teachers

Classroom Earth’s 2010 Professional Development Grants enable applicants to take two online courses, creating a strong foundation in environmental education. These courses are offered by the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point through the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP).  With these courses, teachers are better equipped to bring the environment into the classroom and connect students with their natural surroundings.  Teachers from all subject areas are eligible to apply.  Deadline is Friday July 23, 2010 by 5pm EST.

Classroom Earth’s mission is to increase the ability of high school teachers to integrate environmental education into curricula so that students are prepared to be a part of environmental solutions.

For details and to apply go to:  http://classroomearth.org/professional-development-grant-2010

Online PD Workshop for Educators: Why Do We Explore?

NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Program 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.

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/

VitalVenture from GMRI

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in collaboration with Maine Sea Grant has just launched a new online education resource, VitalVenture, an interdisciplinary watershed education curriculum that engages Maine students in grades 5-8 with a series of locally relevant, issue-based Watershed Experiences that deepen conceptual understanding and connection to place.

Each Watershed Experience includes a series of authentic, inquiry-based learning activities in which students observe, ask questions, investigate, take action, and deepen their scientific understanding and connection to their local watersheds. Sustained over four grades, VitalVenture Watershed Experiences provide students with a continuum of authentic, inquiry-based learning.

VitalVenture supports and extends the science skills and concepts students are introduced to during GMRI’s LabVenture! (5/6th grade) program and prepares students for practicing these skills in Vital Signs (7/8th grade). These programs and curriculum provide the tools and resources for teachers to ignite students’ interest in science and get them invested in locally relevant environmental issues.

The development of these Watershed Experiences was lead by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in collaboration with Maine Sea Grant and 31 Maine middle school educators. Watershed Experiences contributed by Maine Sea Grant are based, in part, on the Penobscot River Watershed Program, a collaborative project of Maine Sea Grant, the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center, and the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, working in partnership with Old Town Elementary School and the City of Old Town. VitalVenture is funded through the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-Wet) Program.