Look below for suggestions
on how to introduce global change topics into formal or informal classrooms,
and how to link literacy building topics in climate and environmental
change science to the state and national frameworks.
Classroom Encounters has
led many workshops on how to integrate video into standards-aligned
hands-on activities and labs to build scientific literacy. Below is
an article Rita Chang was requested to write for the MEES Conference
in March 2008 called "Teaching Climate “Aha!s”.
Also of interest is her introduction to this section, "Notes
on the Future Classroom."
Please share your experiences
and teaching suggestions, so we can learn from one another's and our
students' creativity. Email us at email@example.com
if you have suggestions, lesson ideas, resources or experiences to
on the Future Classroom
by Rita Chang
How to Use Classroom
Encounters’ Media to Teach Science and Global Change and
How Classroom Teaching is Changing
grab the attention of students prior to a lesson? Want to communicate
the essence of science as well as the passion of today's leading scientists?
Try showing close-up video clips of pioneering scientists as they
talk with students about the latest field discoveries in climate science.
Classroom Encounters® Hands-On Activity
principles behind global climate change cross the boundaries of all
major scientific disciplines. The topic of "climate change"
can be used to integrate the sciences and show how scientists in the
field use expertise from each of the areas of earth science, biology,
chemistry, and physics. Specialists studying climate change with expertise
in each of these areas come together in teams to try to understand
the larger picture.
for Massachusetts Marine Educators, Fall 2006 that also features a
lead article by climate scientist Dr. Kenneth E. Trenberth, from the
National Center for Atmospheric Research, and articles by two scientists
from Woods Hole and NOAA/North East Fisheries.
a first class "in a nut shell" guide to teaching global
warming and climate change. It's
also a quick primer for anyone - student, teacher, parent, citizen
- who wants to separate misinformation from the consensus views of
thousands of scientists from around the world. The Classroom Encounters
DVDs can then augment your teaching by bringing alive climate science
and a science-way-of-thinking through intimate, "face to face"
learning encounters with top field scientists.
“global warming art” site has some terrific
graphs, created by Robert A. Rohde, that visually convey the state
of knowledge on climate change. They speak volumes about what we know
and how we know it, so are worth close study by teacher and student
alike. Under Featured Galleries, you’ll find graphs
on past temperature, carbon dioxide through time, sea level changes,
glaciers, and predictions of future changes which can be used in research
papers and PowerPoint presentations. Students could be asked to interpret
the stories these graphs tell; teachers could use them in lesson plans
to show how climate research is recorded and the evidence we have
of the past.
Encounters recommends this presentation for State of the Art Information
on Carbon Sequestration Technologies
"This is a PowerPoint
presentation that contains the state of knowledge on carbon sequestration
technologies as of 2005. It was approved and published by the United
Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2005, written
by over 100 authors from 30 countries on all continents, and extensively
reviewed by over 200 experts. It was Presented at UNFCCC COP-11/ Kyoto
COP/MOP-1 in Montreal.
(6MB, so this may take a while to load, depending on your connection
speed and web browser)
The chief scientist
at NASA, and the country’s top climate scientist found it politically
difficult to speak out, complaining of being “gagged”
by the government. Please read what he reported for yourself.