Monday, July 11, 2011

Environmental Education - connecting with others around the world

Are you looking for a way for your students to collaborate with others around the world? Need advice on science or environmental education activities for your classroom? Want to connect with other like-minded educators from around the world?

Then, check out Shout Learning!

I found out recently about this interesting online global education forum where students and educators from around the world can connect and discuss important environmental issues.

Here's how they explain it on their website:

Shout invites educators and students to take an active role in global environmental issues.
Connect online to interact with experts in the field, share ideas, and collaborate with people around the world who, like you, are committed to solving environmental challenges. Shout gives participants a framework for success, with resources and tools for exercising social responsibility while building the 21st-century skills of collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking. When students are connected through technology and empowered to build activities in their own way the learning experience extends far beyond the four walls of a classroom. Check out the participants on the map and take your own stand in making the world a better place. Now that’s something to Shout about!
In addition to offering a place for you to share ideas and interact with others, there are also free online events that are available for registration, like the following:

Smithsonian Live Online Event: Value the Land

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT

Connect online with Smithsonian experts, share ideas, and collaborate with people around the world, who, like you, are committed to solving environmental challenges.

Free registration is now open. If you can't attend the live sessions, beginning July 14, they will be available "on demand" any time.

UPDATE on Smithsonian Tree Banding
9:00 to 9:50 am, EDT
Hear about the schools around the world joining Smithsonian researchers in this citizen science project and sign up your classroom. If you are already in the project, touch base with educator Josh Falk.

American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges: Working for a Sustainable Future
12:00 to 12:50 pm, EDT
What does "value the land" mean to American Indian peoples today? Throughout their long histories—and extending to today—American Indian peoples have thrived on, respected, and protected the environments that make up their homelands. In this session, you'll learn about how four Native communities are combining traditional knowledge with 21st-century scientific expertise to find solutions to environmental problems that challenge their cultural and economic sustainability.
Presenters: Genevieve Simermeyer, School Programs Manager, and Ed Schupman, Education Product Developer, National Museum of the American Indian Community

Narratives: Citizens Recording History
2:00 to 2:50 pm, EDT
The availability of low-cost recording equipment—from computers and digital cameras to mobile devices—has made it possible to gather the stories and personal points of view from a wider range of people than ever before. We invite the Shout community to seek out people who "value the land" and record their stories. Today's three presenters will share their expertise and perspectives on the protocols and strategies for conducting an oral history project. They'll show you how to identify a great interview subject, how to prepare for the interview, and what to do during the interview to make sure you capture great material. Join this session to experience the importance of looking for narratives and cultural histories close to home.
Presenters: James I. Deutsch, Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Alex Griswold, Executive Producer, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; and Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History

Stories of the Forest: Human Impacts of Deforestation
3:00 pm to 3:50 pm, EDT
How can we understand the impact of deforestation if we don't experience it ourselves? Joshua Bell has witnessed deforestation first-hand and collected stories of forest loss from the people who live with it. Oral histories of the people of the coastal forests of Papua New Guinea reveal the human consequences when cultural traditions collide with the desire for economic development and resources. Bell will discuss his research methods, what he learned, and its implications for all of us. Presenter: Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization, Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History

All events are free of charge. Register Now.

This event is part of Shout, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution, Microsoft Partners in Learning, and TakingITGlobal. More at

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