Why participate in the National Biodiversity Teach-In

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1. It’s a chance for your class to interact with scientist, authors and organizations .

2. It’s an interesting way to incorporate technology into your classroom.

 

Sound good? 

Then all you have to do is register for each webinar you would like your students to participate. Under the ” Events” link you can use the “Meet our Webinar Presenters” drop down menu to find all of the information you need about the presentations, available resources, and times. On each of these pages you will find a link for each webinar. Simply click and answer.

Before the webinar you will receive an email with the link to access the webinar. Please do not share the link with additional people as participation is limited. Just encourage people to also register.

You can preview OR use the webinars from NBTI 2014 by going to our YouTube Channel and clicking on the playlist link

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEHKTWTRsija-EK0q0qYv9w/playlists

Pre-webinar

We have asked our webinar presenters to provide us with materials that they think will support you as the classroom teacher to prepare your students. These resources may be websites, videos, books, or research articles. As these resources become available we organize them by date and time of the presentation.

Classroom set up- on the day of the webinar

You will need a computer with internet access, a projector, a screen and we also recommend speakers.

Here are some pictures of how we set up our webinar sessions from past years.  We have done set ups in our school library so more teachers had access to them and also have set ups in individual classrooms.

I have registered & have my classroom set up figured out, what now?

One week prior to the webinar you will be sent a link and a password- keep this information handy for the day of the webinar. If you can  not find the link it most likely is in your spam folder- look for something from Elgin High School and/or Webinato.

Log-in is pretty easy from the link but does require a couple of steps so go ahead and make sure you can log in the day before the webinar. You will not be able to get into the virtual room until the appointed time (you can log in 2 or 3 minutes early)

If you  have trouble logging in DURING webinar time please contact Webinato directly.  https://support.webinato.com/support/home

If you have trouble logging in BEFORE webinar- email us (debbieperryman@u-46.org) so that we can make sure you are loaded into our system correctly. If we can help you- we will get Webinato”s  support team to help you.

ALSO- you may want to send the link to Webinato and ask your IT folks if they foresee any network or browser issues. We had 35,000 people participate last year and literally had very few issues. There is a Webinato app- if you are interested. We have not tried it out but you are welcome to see if it will work for you.

You can view past NBTI webinars by visiting our YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEHKTWTRsija-EK0q0qYv9w/videos

 

Elementary School

AAAS Science Netlinks    Grades 3 to 5 http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/introducing-biodiversity/

Nab the Aquatic Invader! http://www.iisgcp.org/NabInvader/index.html. It uses a detective theme to teach students in grades 4-10 about issues associated with aquatic invasive  species.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant  http://www.iisgcp.org/

Project Passenger Pigeon  http://passengerpigeon.org/ This is the organization leading the charge in terms of educating the world about the plight of the Passenger Pigeon. This talented group of people has assembled activities for all ages.

Elementary School- http://passengerpigeon.org/elementary.html

Mighty Acorns    http://www.mightyacorns.org/

Yo Oceans  http://yooceans.org/ This a group of passionate ordinary folks bringing 6-12  grade marine mammal programs and guest speakers into classrooms.

New England Aquarium http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/teacher_resources/index.php  These resources are relevant to anyone wishing to teach about our ocean’s biodiversity. If you live in New England obviously you have an incredible opportunity to visit. We highly recommend the lessons found on these pages to anyone interested in ocean biodiversity!

 

Middle School

Project Passenger Pigeon  http://passengerpigeon.org/ This is the organization leading the charge in terms of educating the world about the plight of the Passenger Pigeon. This talented group of people has assembled activities for all ages.

EarthEcho International http://earthecho.org/ The activities on this website will help spring any classroom into action! The focus is on dead zones- what they are, how to fix them, how to prevent them. This website is rich with service learning idea that will allow you to take your students out of the classroom and into the field.

 

High School

Harvard University Outreach Lessons http://outreach.mcb.harvard.edu/lessonplans_S10.htm

Project Passenger Pigeon http://passengerpigeon.org/ This is the organization leading the charge in terms  of educating the world about the plight of the Passenger Pigeon. This talented  group of people has assembled activities for all ages. http://passengerpigeon.org/highschool.html

Yo Oceans  http://yooceans.org/blog/seaworld-pledge-launches-pilot-high-school-curriculum-program/ Contact Kelly Hayward on Twitter at @KellysBiz for more information.

EarthEcho International http://earthecho.org/ The activities on this website will help spring any classroom into action! The focus is on dead zones- what they are, how to fix them, how to prevent them. This website is rich with service learning idea that will allow you to take your students out of the classroom and into the field. CHECK OUT THEIR RAIN CHECK CURRICULUM!

Homeostasis Press began as a collaboration between brothers Ted and Bill Merrill. Ted had recently retired from his lifelong medical career, and Bill was years retired from a teaching career in public schools and university, with a PhD degree in geography. Both were published writers with a lot more to say. http://www.homeostasispress.com/index.php

 

Resources For All Ages

1. Movie- From Billions to None The Passenger Pigeons Flight to Extinction http://e-int.com/billionstonone/

2. Endangered Species Day http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/

3. National Wildlife Federation – Endangered Species Day   http://www.nwf.org/What-We-Do/Protect-Wildlife/Endangered-Species/Endangered-Species-Day.aspx

4. Monarch Watch http://www.monarchwatch.org/

5. Plight of the Monarch Butterfly  (Video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZKbZdLtBoM

6. Animus Conservation   http://www.animusconservation.org/

7. National Geographic -Teaching about  Biodiversity

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/biodiversity/?ar_a=1

8. The Nature Education- Knowledge Project  

http://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/conservation-of-biodiversity-13235087

9.  IUCN- Biodiversity https://www.iucn.org/what/biodiversity/

10.  Invasive  Species http://www.invasive.org/

11. The Lost Bird Project http://www.lostbirdfilm.org/about See the preview

http://youtu.be/nHUEI47MFUs

12.  Conservation International- Biodiversity Hotspots   http://www.conservation.org/how/pages/hotspots.aspx

13. Chicago Wilderness  http://www.chicagowilderness.org/

14. Nature – The loneliest Animals http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/teachers-guides/the-loneliest-animals/teachers-guide/4960/

 

15. Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12  Citizen science is a great way for the public to partner with  to monitor bird populations around the world.The Passenger Pigeon is a good reminder of the importance of monitoring not only rare species but the common species as well. By participating in citizen science, we can keep track of the birds and work together to protect species and to make sure the common birds stay common. http://www.birdsleuth.org/why-citizen-science/

 
16. Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12 Interested in teaching with birds but not sure where to start? Here’s a simple, free, downloadable curriculum you can download with 9 monthly lessons.  Each lesson has a theme ranging from “What makes a bird a bird” to habitats, migration, bird ID, citizen science, bird song… etc. Lessons are engaging, interactive, and while optimal for 3rd-7th, are adaptable to any level. http://www.birdsleuth.org/pennington/
 
17. National Park Service does distance learning programs and you can search by subject. http://www.nps.gov/teachers/distancelearning.htm
 
18. Plant Maps  Map a botanical garden, public garden, plant society, garden club, school or your related nonprofit organization and share your plants, gardens and collections. Connect with your members and supporter profiles and show them on your profile map. We’re adding tools so that you can import plants, share your events and contribute blog posts about your organization on the site. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! We are joining Plant Map’s this school year for our nature trail, our community garden and also our newest project, a pollinator habitat. http://www.plantsmap.com/ 
 
19. Population Connection Since 1968, Population Connection has been America’s voice for population stabilization—we are the largest grassroots population organization in the United States! We have more than 500,000 members, supporters, and participating educators. Population Connection works to ensure that every woman around the world who wants to delay or end childbearing has access to the health services and contraceptive supplies she needs in order to do so. http://www.populationconnection.org/

 

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