Webinar on Atmosphere, Science, Aerosols and Climate

If you’re yearning for free, accessible science content that can be integrated into your classrooms or programs AND want to enjoy the presentation from your own home, then look no further than the COSEE-OS “ROLE Model” Webinar series. Tomorrow’s engaging presentations focus on the complex science of the atmosphere and the role of aerosols in climate.  Join us online tomorrow (Weds. November 3), 7-8pm Eastern Time! [Sign up now!] Part 1: Dr. Carolyn Jordan (University of New Hampshire) will explain what aerosols are, provide educational resources about them, and will use them as a basis for explaining how models are critical tools for understanding climate. She’ll also describe some of her own experiences teaching the public about her research.

Part 2: Kate Leavitt (Seacoast Science Center, Rye NH)  will share her experiences taking a concept map of the complex work of an aerosol scientist and using it to train center staff to create activities for young children.

Even if you don’t know the first thing about aerosols, this webinar will be helpful towards your understanding of climate science, and how to break down scientific topics using pedagogical tools such as concept mapping. We hope you can join us for this unique, interactive experience!

NOAA Webinar on Games for Classrooms

It is free to join in a webcast – login online and call on the phone to listen/speak. – please join us!

Water Life: A Serious Science Game
Date/Time/Location/Seminar Sponsor:
Wednesday, 06 October 2010, 12:00–1:00 ETZ [Check U.S. Time clock for your local time] (Seminar location: SSMC-4 (1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910), Room 8150 ; Seminar sponsored by: NOS Communication and Education Division).
Peg Steffen and Marina Kraus
Speaker e-mail(s): and
Did you know that NOAA had online games? Visit them at Serious games are games with purpose beyond entertainment. They are used for classroom learning and for policy and social change. Serious games are now used in national defense, science, advertising, business, education, and medical applications. Intelligently designed ‘serious games’ provide avenues for complex situations to be presented in a simple way. NOAA has entered the serious gaming world with the release of two games for children about estuaries and the management of loggerhead sea turtle populations. Learn about how these tools can help address key environmental challenges and reach a wider public and about an upcoming NOAA Simulation and Games Summit.
Remote Access and Notes:
Presentations are available remotely via a combination of phone & webcast. Please be aware that remote access is limited to 50 connections on a first-come-first served basis, so we cannot guarantee participation. To participate remotely you must: 1) Dial toll-free 1-877-708-1667. When prompted enter passcode 7028688 followed by the # sign. Please use your phone’s mute button (or toggle *6) during the presentation until you are ready to ask questions. 2) Go to the webcast site at 3) Enter meeting number 744925156 if needed. No passcode is required. 4) Enter other required fields. 5) Indicate that you have read the Privacy Policy and click Proceed. For questions: contact Tracy Gill (
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Persistent Organic Pollutants: Webinar This Wednesday at 7PM ET

Join us Wednesday for an interactive, free 1-hour webinar and an opportunity to…

… learn about chemical pollutants found in our environment and their lasting effects (including related Gulf Oil Spill impacts)

… connect to resources that would be useful in chemistry, biology or other science lesson plans

… hear how other educators use pedagogical tools in innovative ways.

Sept. 22, 7pm ET – University of Connecticut scientist Dr. Penny Vlahos will share her research on persistent organic pollutants (also known as POPs) and how they make their way around our environments, including her recent related research in the Gulf of Mexico following the oil spill. Dr. Vlahos will use a concept map to walk through the science of these pollutants, and participants will be given access to the map and its resources. In addition, Sue Klemmer, science teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School, Camden, Maine, will describe how she’s used concept mapping for thinking and planning around teaching, and in helping her students process reading assignments.  A third (optional) section will include a walkthrough of tools developed by COSEE-OS to help educators and scientists communicate their ideas. (Total webinar time: 1 hour)

For more information about the entire “ROLE Model” Webinar Series, see our website,

Follow the steps below to connect to the September 22nd webinar:

1. Click on this link to access the meeting.

2. Enter your name and email address and click “Join Now”

If you are prompted for a meeting password, enter: Cosee2010

3. When you login, the “Webex Meeting Manager” will come up.

4. A window will ask you what number you would like to be called at, or if you will call in. Select “I will call in”

5. Call in using this toll free number from your phone: 1-866-469-3239

6. Enter the meeting number when prompted:  550 606 584

7. Optional: enter the Attendee ID# shown in the Meeting Manager Window.

PLEASE NOTE: Please join the webinar using your phone to dial the toll-free number provided. Please do not select the option to use your computer’s speakers and microphone to join the audio portion of the webinar, as this option can cause interference that can detract from the presentations.

Should you have any questions, please email Carla Companion at

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:

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 <>. 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  Register for this webinar at

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 <> or Kristin Timm <>.

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