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Elementary School Level Webinar Series!

NOAA Planet Stewards and NESTA (the National Earth Science Teachers Association) are excited to present a special four part Elementary School Level Earth Science Webinar Series on September 24 – 27. Each broadcast will be presented by professional educators and scientists, providing content and resources that educators can immediately integrate into their classrooms or non-formal learning environments.
Dates and broadcast topics:

All Webinars will begin promptly at 3:30 pm Eastern Time and will be recorded for later viewing. You MUST register for a webinar to obtain a link to the broadcast archive video.

Individuals attending the complete live broadcast will receive a formal certificate from NOAA Planet Stewards and NESTA indicating their participation in 1.5 contact hours of professional development.

Following each webinar, NESTA will host a live online discussion where you can share ideas with your colleagues about content, pedagogy, or teaching resources. Contribute to the conversation by making at least two posts to the discussion, and receive an additional certificate for 1 contact hour of professional development.

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Join us Monday, September 24, 3:30 pm Eastern Time for

Students in the Lead: Game Design for Learning Earth Science

Peg Steffen, former NOAA Ocean Service Education coordinator, will give the first presentation in the Elementary Earth Science Education Webinar Series.

An image showing different game pieces

Games are increasingly used in classrooms to help inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration and problem-solving skills. They can introduce real-world challenges and encourage systems thinking while learning Earth science content in non-traditional ways.

This presentation will introduce ways to help you create a design atmosphere in your classroom, how to get started in game design and potential game challenges that will excite and motivate your students to dig into the Earth sciences.

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1409904153133598979

Important information on the day of the broadcast:

  • Plan to use the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) to listen to the presentation. All participants will be muted during the broadcast.
  • If you have difficulty listening using VOIP, dial 1- 914-614-3221 for audio. The access code is: 306-838-948. You will be charged for this call. No Audio Pin is needed to listen.
  • If you have difficulty logging in, go to: https://support.logmeininc.com/gotowebinar/contactus?p=0 The ID Number for the Webinar is: 478-578-755

Join us Tuesday, September 25, 3:30 pm Eastern Time for

Simulations and Models for Teaching Earth System Science

Dr. Randy Russell, an education instructional designer at the University Center for Atmospheric research will be offering the second presentation in the Elementary Earth Science Education Webinar Series.

An image showing a model using a bathtub filling up

Although the models used by scientists and engineers are often complex programs consisting of millions of lines of code running on supercomputers, the basic concepts of scientific modeling are well within the reach of elementary school-aged students. Young children are able to understand the behaviors of surprisingly complex systems when they have an opportunity to play around with those systems.

Earth science is chock full of complex systems, such as the water cycle or Earth's global weather and climate. Even fairly simple systems that make sense to young learners can exhibit the behaviors of much more complex systems, such as feedback loops and lags in responses.

Just as we teach students arithmetic as a foundation for later learning algebra, we can help young learners comprehend the building blocks of system science before moving on to more advanced versions in later grades.

In this presentation we'll survey examples of simple simulations and games that are suitable for young learners, both computer-based software as well as physical manipulatives more akin to tabletop games. We'll demonstrate examples from a range of Earth science topics, including tree rings for decoding past climate, growing and shrinking a glacier, food chain checkers, a very simple climate model, the greenhouse effect, a kinesthetic nitrogen cycle game, and more.

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2480660253310490883

Important information on the day of the broadcast:

  • Log into the webinar AT LEAST 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. GoToWebinar continually upgrades their software. We want to be sure you can access the broadcast when it begins.
  • Plan to use the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) to listen to the presentation. All participants will be muted during the broadcast.
  • If you have difficulty listening using VOIP, dial 1-415-930-5321 for audio. The access code is: 796-447-652. You will be charged for the call. No Audio Pin is needed to listen.
  • If you have difficulty logging in, go to: https://support.logmeininc.com/gotowebinar/contactus?p=0 The ID Number for this Webinar is: 145-519-819

Join us Wednesday, September 26 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time for

Get Cirrus about the Weather! Teaching Students about Extreme Weather and Preparedness

Mary Scarzello Fairbanks, a meteorologist and education-outreach specialist for NOAA’s National Weather Service will give the third presentation of the Elementary Earth Science Education Webinar Series.

An image of hurricane Florence

Extreme weather i.e. flooding, heat, hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, etc., can be exciting and scary. Each year, people are killed or seriously injured by these events, despite advance warning. NOAA’s National Weather Service wants everyone to be prepared before extreme weather strikes. These actions can save lives at home, at school, and in your community.

The first step to become “weather-ready” is understanding the types of hazardous weather that can affect where you live, and how the weather could impact you, your family, and community. Next is making sure you and your family are prepared - so you can stay safe. Most of all, be an example. Learning about the weather hazards and preparedness will help you be a positive influence on your community.

Mary will present online data and education resources that can be used in classroom settings to educate students about weather science and safety. These include weather forecasts, safety campaign pages, interactive modules, lessons, and games! Students will be under your watch and direction when severe weather strikes at school, but they can use these resources to make sure they know the right actions to take at home as well.

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7929263736605859586

Important information on the day of the broadcast:

  • Log into the webinar AT LEAST 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. GoToWebinar continually upgrades their software. We want to be sure you can access the broadcast when it begins.
  • Plan to use the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) to listen to the presentation. All participants will be muted during the broadcast.
  • If you have difficulty listening using VOIP, dial 1-914-614-3221 for audio. The access code is: 949-172-735. You will be charged for this call. No Audio Pin is needed to listen.
  • If you have difficulty logging in, go to: https://support.logmeininc.com/gotowebinar/contactus?p=0 The ID Number for this Webinar is: 502-654-843

Join us Thursday, September 27 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time for

Raising the Bar …the Oyster Bar! Engaging Students with NOAA’s Three Dimensional Oyster Learning Sequence

Molly Harrison, Coordinator for the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project, and Bart Merrick, Education Coordinator for NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Office Environmental Training Center will offer the final presentation in this special Elementary Earth Science Education Webinar Series.

An image of hands holding oysters

Oysters aren't just slimy critters in shells...they are ambassadors engaging elementary students in three dimensional learning.

Join NOAA in an exploration of the Eastern Oyster through core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross cutting concepts. The development of the Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay learning sequence will be discussed and we will dive into individual lessons from this sequence for students in grades K-5.

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8976114255261660161

Important information on the day of the broadcast:

  • Log into the webinar AT LEAST 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. GoToWebinar continually upgrades their software. We want to be sure you can access the broadcast when it begins.
  • Plan to use the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) to listen to this presentation. All participants will be muted during the broadcast.
  • If you have difficulty listening using VOIP, dial 1-213-929-4232 for audio. The access code is: 115-805-452. You will be charged for this call. No Audio Pin is needed to listen.
  • If you have difficulty logging in, go to: https://support.logmeininc.com/gotowebinar/contactus?p=0 The ID Number for this Webinar is: 995-767-051

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Last updated: 09/14/18
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