Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Smithsonian Education FREE Online Conference Series - on Climate Change




As we approach the 40th anniversary celebration of Earth Day in April of 2010, many teachers are responding to students’ inherent curiosity and concern about environmental issues.  Teachers can participate in online professional development to learn about the issues and gain content knowledge essential to designing impactful environmental service-learning projects.  Consider participating in the Smithsonian’s Online Conference Series:


“Have you ever wanted to meet one of the Smithsonian’s curators? Or wished you could ask a question of one of our researchers? In February 2009 the Smithsonian launched a series of online education conferences that let you do just that. In each online conference you can interact with Smithsonian experts in subject areas that interest you. All conferences have a single theme or topic explored through the lens of several different disciplines. The program includes both general interest sessions and sessions intended especially for teachers.

The Smithsonian is addressing the global challenge of climate change with special exhibitions and ongoing research. You will be able to participate in these investigations and deepen your understanding through the Smithsonian Online Education Conference: Climate Change. Throughout the days of September 29 through October 1, 2009, you’ll explore Smithsonian research and collections related to the evidence, impact, and response to climate change. Alongside Smithsonian scientists and curators, you’ll look at the issues surrounding climate change from the perspectives of science, history, and art.

New to virtual conferencing? A virtual or online conference is similar to other professional conferences you may have attended only this one is accessible to you wherever you are, and registration is free and open to everyone. And since we know your days are busy and the conference schedule might not fit yours, all the conference sessions are recorded and archived so you can replay them at any time.

Online registration is now available.

The Smithsonian Education Online Conference: Climate Change is made possible by generous support from Paul Peck, Chair and CEO, of the Paul Peck Young Winners Foundation.
Additional support was provided by the Donnelley Foundation and the Smithsonian’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.”


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