Registration OPEN! - Fall 2013 Integrated Life and Earth Science in the Polar Regions
Dates: 14-30 October 2013
Topic: Integrated Life and Earth Science in the Polar Regions
Registration is now open! Secure your spot in the fall's "coolest" professional development!
This is our first course in the series to be interdisciplinary, bringing polar life and earth sciences together. The fall 2013 course focus is the PolarTREC Oceanographic Conditions of Bowhead Whale Habitat expedition. PolarTREC teacher Lisa Seff and members of the science team will be sharing content throughout the class including two real-time webinars. The course will cover life and earth science topics including an overview of the polar regions, ocean current systems, arctic marine life focusing on zooplankton and bowhead whales. Additionally, participants will be exposed to the oceanographic tools used in sampling and data collection as well as the application of science knowledge in a dynamic outreach project on the life of bowhead whales.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at 3pm AKDT [4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 6pm CDT, 7pm EDT]
Researcher Dr. Okkonen of University of Alaska
Dr. Steve Okkonen presents his research on the Oceanographic Conditions of Bowhead Whale Habitat expedition and a film project on the life of Bowhead Whales. This webinar is designed to give educators a glimpse into polar science and discuss ways to bring research into the classroom. The event is open to all educators and is also a part of the online professional development course. Viewing the presentation is a class requirement. If you cannot make the scheduled time/date the event will be archived shortly thereafter. Webinars are free to participate and you can easily register at the PolarConnect Event Registration Page.
Thursday, 24 October 2013 at 2pm AKDT [3pm PDT, 4pm MDT, 5pm CDT, 6pm EDT]
Teacher Lisa Seff of Springs School, New York
PolarTREC teacher Lisa Seff participated in the Oceanographic Conditions of Bowhead Whale Habitat expedition in 2012. She has been applying her experience to the classroom and will be sharing her field experience and strategies for bringing polar science to classrooms and communities. The event is open to all educators and is also a part of the online professional development course. Viewing the presentation is a class requirement. If you cannot make the scheduled time/date the event will be archived shortly thereafter. Webinars are free to participate and you can easily register at the PolarConnect Event Registration Page.
About the C-ISE Learning Community
These courses are made up of three 1-credit modules offered in the spring, summer, and fall starting in March 2011. Annually, the modules will cover a specific polar science subject related to physical, earth, or life sciences. The course design allows K-12 educators, especially those who teach multiple subjects with fresh content related specifically to the subjects they are teaching. Each session is limited to 15 participants, and some scholarships will be available each semester.
Course content is administered by and developed in consultation with teachers well versed in transferring polar research to the classroom and polar scientists, especially early career polar scientists. Polar scientists interested in making contributions to the course should e-mail info [at] polartrec [dot] com with your name, institution, location, and a brief description of area(s) of science expertise.
Applied Life and Earth Science Concepts for Educators in a the Context of the Polar Regions
DO NOT send registration forms to University of Alaska - Fairbanks. This form must be returned by fax or email to ARCUS. Contact information is available on the registration form.
A limited number of scholarships are available for participants on a needs-based basis. These will be available in the fall.
Scholarship applications must be completed at the time of registration. Applications must be submitted by E-Mail (info [at] polartrec [dot] com) or by fax (907-474-1604). All fields are required.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How often is the class offered?
It is offered three times a year, in the spring, fall, and summer.
How long is the course?
Completion of the course takes 3 weeks, and includes 2 - 3 internet/phone presentations in addition to asynchronous course work.
How many people can participate in the course?
In order to maximize interaction between instructors and participants, each module will be limited to the first 15 participants.
How many credits will I receive and how much does it cost?
Each course module is 1 credit. If you take all three modules, you could earn up to three credits within the year. The course is offered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks at the 500-level, and will cost approximately $90.00.
What happens to the lesson plan, lab plan, video, or PowerPoint I develop as a capstone project?
Final student projects will be reviewed by science content experts for accuracy, and then placed in the online PolarTREC Learning Resources database.
Is there a book or any required course materials?
No, the course will utilize primarily online resources and real-time presentations for content. Course participants will be expected to have access to a computer and internet to complete course-related materials.