Check out the new ClimateChangeLIVE distance learning adventure site created by the U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network and other partners. They will offer a series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources aimed at K-12. Check out the webinars starting in September! There is a section with toolkits and events for teachers. A section for students to learn the basics and ask a scientist questions. They are also calling for teachers and students to send videos about what you are doing related to climate change! This ClimateChangeLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure will provide teachers with help to meet the national science standards on climate change and get students involved. Please REGISTER to receive updates and information about webinars – free for all!
Green Teacher is a magazine who’s goal is to help youth (ages 6-18 yrs) educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools, including practical articles and resource reviews. This quarterly magazine is the primary publication of the non-profit organization based in Toronto with a small staff of hard-working people – read more about the history of the Green Teacher. The Green Teacher offers a lot of online resources and publish other worthwhile books, too but the yearly subscription (depends on your county) for the US is $32 print and $26 for digital (go digital!). The Green Teacher also offers free online webinars!
There is a current Call for Proposals for a special guest issue on Poverty and Environmental Education issue of GreenTeacher due on or before June 30, 2011 to Sheila Giesbrecht Guest Editor. Check out the writer & reviewer guidelines and they are looking for regional editors too.
Kids in grades K-12 are invited to participate in an international art contest with the theme Marine Debris – sponsored by Immersion Learning, The JASON Project, the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). All entries must be uploaded by May 15, 2011. Two age categories, total 12 entries selected as finalists w/ two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) will receive a prize package to include:
- Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration Animal Adoption Kit – $250 level
- 16-inch plush beluga whale with Mystic Aquarium logo
- Signed book and photograph from Dr. Robert Ballard
Find out more and enter here:
Online Degree Programs has a great blog post called: Teaching Green: 100 Tips, Tools & Resources for Every Kind of Classroom. They offer lists of online resources by category and here are some examples:
- K12 Educators: TeachingGreen, Classroom Earth,or Project WILD
- K12 Students: Kids Links Teaching Green, A Walk in the Woods or EcoKids
- College Resources:Second Nature or Teaching Sustainable Product Design
- Green Organizations: National Wildlife Federation, Fuel Economy, or Earth Day Network
- Tips for K12 Educators: create school garden or worm bin
- Tips for College Educators: virtual speakers or green challenges.
- Online Games & Tools:WolfQuest, ElectroCity, or Global Warming Interactive.
- Green Lectures: Michael Pollen gives a plant’s-eye view
- Online Courseware Classes: Tropical Ecology and Conservation or Seminar in Environmental Science
Lutron Electronics, Green Schools Alliance, and Council for Educational Facility Planners (CEFPI) have joined together to form Greenovation program to help schools “energize education and inspire action.” They start with sustainable lighting upgrade (to improve savings and offer better learning spaces), then offer curriculum resources, have an online social network ning (for classrooms to connect & collaborate), and support community outreach such as sustainable fundraisers to community challenges to science fairs. You can watch this case study video for a real world example or read some of their posted press releases.
From District Administration and University Business Leadership Series Web Seminars: Going Green: What does it really mean?
FOR: K12 and higher-ed administrators
DATE: Thursday, August 6, 2009 from 2-3 pm ET
SUMMARY: “Going Green” — It’s all about preserving resources, setting the proper example for students and, of course, saving money. Today, “going green” permeates education, from decisions about construction materials and furniture to computers and cleansers. In this web seminar we’ll take a close look at sustainability, including trends, costs, hype and promise. Who will benefit: K12 administrators and college/university managers involved with sustainability, construction, buildings and grounds management, purchasing and technology.
- Do green initiatives have to suffer in times of budget cuts?
- How can the federal stimulus package support green initiatives?
- How should you incorporate sustainability in renovations?
- What are the latest trends in LEED-certification?
- How should schools be rated on sustainability?
- Rachel Gutter, Senior Manager for the Schools Sector, U.S. Green Building Council
- Mark Orlowski, Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
- A roundup of green products from Products Editor Kurt Dyrli.