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- NSTA's Learning Center Web site Merging with Science Matters The Learning Center is the National Science Teacher's Association's online professional development portal for teachers, administration, state partners, and parents. It helps to address classroom needs and offers access to over 2,800 free resources. You do not need to be a member of NSTA to join, it is a place for everyone to learn and share.
Now, the center will be merging with Science Matters (formerly Building a Presence). Gradually over the next few months, Science Matters will stop sending eBlast updates via email on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month. Instead, you should join The Learning Center for FREE. For more information, visit: http://learningcenter.nsta.org.
- Michigan Forest Health Highlights
This annual publication of the DNR Forest Health Program provides an overview of forest health issues affecting Michigan's 19.3 million acres of forestland. Exotic pests such as the emerald ash borer, beech bark disease, hemlock wooly adelgid, and oak wilt all pose serious threats to the valuable state resource that is our forestland. Forest Health Highlights help to educate Michigan residents about their role in stopping the movement of these pests and is an important part of these efforts. For more information on the publication, please contact Robert Heyd, DNR Forest Pest Management Program (email@example.com, 906-226-1324) or Roger Mech, DNR Forest Health Monitoring Program (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-335-4408).
- Energy Works Michigan Web site
The Energy Works Michigan website is a non-profit technical resource, building a sustainable, equitable, and prosperous energy future in Michigan . The website provides up to date information and newsletters on green energy and announces contests for schools and individual K-12 students.
- Blog on the Universe - A Powerful Resource for Teachers of Science and Math
The recently launched Blog on the Universe is dedicated to helping teachers make science an adventure. Every week use Dr. Jeff¹s new conceptual nuggets and challenges to foster thought-provoking and inspiring discussions in the classroom. It¹s a blog committed to conceptual understanding at an emotional level, helping to make the nature of the world understandable to all, and teachable by teachers. Join Dr. Jeff and take a ride to the frontiers of human exploration‹together.
- Blast Back to School with NASA
This NASA web site includes educational resources and event calendars that are beneficial to both schools and communities. The "Blast Back to School" page contains workshops, lesson plan ideas, and other valuable resources for educators and students of all grade levels.
- New Teacher Tips
In preparation for the new school year, the web site articles Survival Central for New Teachers, Survival Guide for New Teachers, and 21st Century Learning Environment offer resources aimed towards assisting new educators. While new teachers will find useful tips on getting started, veteran ones will find it equally advantageous to brush up on the basics.
- Upwellings Newsletter
A new summer edition of Michigan Sea Grants quarterly newsletter Upwellings is now available online. Follow the link above to download a copy.
- Where the Other You Lives
This highly interactive U.S Forest Service website shows where parks are found in every state, the variety of things you can do there, and why it is that we should care about our parks. Visit www.discovertheforest.comand discover where the other you lives.
- North American Association for Environmental Education
The newest installment on Environmental Education (EE) and Diversity is now available online. This installment focuses on seeing/knowing one's own culture. Check out this latest installment and get more information about EE and diversity on the NAAEE Web site.
- Institute of Green Professionals
This is the first education and credentialing membership organization for sustainable development academics and professionals in the fields of architecture, land planning, engineering, landscape architecture, appraisal, accounting, and environmental law. The site offers many valuable research resources.
- Why Frogs Call and Why We Should Listen
Humans have delighted in the calls of frogs since the beginning of recorded history. Yet, we are only now starting to understand what they are saying to one another. This new 30-minute documentary, "Why Frogs Call and Why We Should Listen", shows over 20 species of frogs in a wide variety of habitats, croaking, mating, and fending off rivals. The DVD includes USGS range maps of frogs and a curated list of the video clips from the Web site.
- The Institute for Inquiry
The Institute for Inquiry is based out of the Exploratorium, San Francisco's museum of science, art, and human perception. The Institute focuses on the scientific process of asking questions and seeking answers. Their website provides information about their various workshops and a library with books relevant to a range of scientific topics as well as teaching science at various grade levels. Some of the books are available online; others are available to order from the site.
- Great Lakes Education Program
The Great Lakes Education Program is a fourth-grade classroom and field educational opportunity focusing on Great Lakes and Detroit River resources. The program consists of three segments, each integrating elements of physical, chemical and biological sciences, history, geography, mathematics, literature and the arts. The program includes field experience, with pre-field learning activities, and post-field classroom activities. For more information, visit the Great Lakes Education Program Web page at, http://www.glep.us/.
- Preschool Science
The materials on this site were compiled specifically to address how to introduce preschool age children (ages 3-5) to the field of science. The materials available on this site are collected from the Exploratorium's Learning Studio and feature a hands-on way to educate young children. Specific lessons include mathematics, science and technology, earth science, biology, and the five senses. They have also created a Web page of pedagogical information that includes both print sources and Web sites.
- Water Filtration Challenge - Teacher's Guide
Earth provides the air we breathe, the water we drink, and other conditions that support life. On the International Space Station, the Environmental Control and Life Support System provides these needs. The functions of an ECLSS include atmosphere revitalization; atmosphere control and supply; temperature and humidity control; water recovery and management; waste management; and fire detection and suppression. The activities in this guide, for grades 5 - 8, focus on water recovery and management. The challenge is to design and build a water filtration device using commonly available materials. To meet this challenge, students build, test and measure the performance of the filtration device, analyze the data collected, and use this information to work towards an improved filtration design!
- New Web Site Helps Kids Identify the Healthiest Fish to Eat
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new Web site to help children and their parents choose the healthiest fish to eat, using interactive stories and games. The site has been selected as the August site of the month by kids.gov, the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. Whether they catch their own fish or buy it at a store, children and their parents can use the Web site to learn how to select fish that are low in contaminants. The Web site includes stories focusing on different methods of obtaining fish, along with interactive games, to teach children ages 8-12 how to recognize common fish species and use fish advisories. Check out the title link above or copy and paste this link: http://water.epa.gov/learn/kids/fishkids/index.cfm into your browser for this exciting new Web site.
- iCue: Immerse. Connect. Understand. Excel.
This Web site utilizes the NBC Video Archive to teach high school students about a wide range of topics. Through the use of videos, games and online activities, students will receive an interactive learning experience that is not only educational but is entertaining as well. The program was developed based on research from the MIT Education Arcade, a research group devoted to integrating gaming and peer collaboration into traditional learning and environments. This Web site is a unique attempt to make learning fun for today's active teens.
- Your Environment, Your Choice:
A website created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed to engage teenagers in environmental decision making. Teenagers can review the information presented and click the links provided. Includes podcasts and useful tips that encourage teenagers to discuss and implement environmentally sound decision making.
- NASA Educator Website
NASA has recently reorganized its website for educators. If you have not visited it lately, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
- Blue Ocean Institute
The Blue Ocean Institute has created a forum for those wishing to express their feelings about all things relating to the sea. For individuals inspired by the ocean, and coast this website provides an outlet for their expressive interpretations of their memories by the sea. All levels of personal writing and music submissions (in MP3 format) are welcome. To view previous submissions and to add your individual reflections visit http://blueocean.org/sea-stories/.
- Invasive Plants and Their Harmful Effects
Invasive plants are a large environmental concern and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is branching out to help educate and inform individuals of this growing problem. On the new e-learning website there is information and facts about invasive plants as well as interactive learning modules that educates volunteers on how to assist in the prevention of invasive species. This website demonstrates how the refuge managers and volunteers work hand in hand to combat this persistent issue. More information can be found at www.fws.gov/invasives/volunteersTrainingModule.
- United Nations Publications on Climate Change
Publications on climate change are one of United Nations' actions undertaken to achieve Millennium Development Goals set by world leaders in September 2000. https://unp.un.org/browse.aspx?subject=11
- 15 Green Colleges and Universities :
Learn why these 15 institutions have been voted the top green colleges in the world according to the Environmental News and Commentary Group, Grist.
- Scientific Facts on Ecosystem Change :
A "synthesis" of multiple independent reports that answers high-level questions like: "How have ecosystems and their services changed? How have these changes affected human well-being? How might ecosystems change in the future, and what are the implications for human well-being?" The individual reports were mostly spatially partitioned into different areas of the world, and answered those questions in ways appropriate for the participating institutions. Also available is an easy-to-read version from GreenFacts.
- EPA Launches ‘Go Green!' Newsletter :
In order to help people become more environmentally responsible, this monthly email newsletter from the U.S. EPA will provide information on activities to use anywhere, including home, workplaces, schools, and communities.
- Five E's Unlimited
Five E's Unlimited, a sustainable development consulting firm, helps people and organizations in integrating business decisions with environmental decisions. Some of the projects Five E's Unlimited is involved with include the Sustainability Manifesto, a compilation of sustainability resources and information; assisting communities in sustainable development strategic planning, internationally; forming Sustainable Cascadia, a Seattle, Washington-based organization working to cultivate best practices; and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), a new organization for sustainability professionals.
- Encyclopedia of Life:
Supported by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the "Encyclopedia of Life" is a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. The encyclopedia will be a multimedia Wikipedia-style Web site, providing downloadable information on each species. The Field Museum, Harvard University, the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library partnered to launch the project.
- Energy Teacher Organization :
EnergyTeachers.org (ETO) offers help to teachers interested in teaching about energy production and use. Services include this web site, face-to-face meetings, newsletters, a lending library, and other tailored services.
- How was the Greenest Building Built? :
The Common Fire Housing Co-op is the first Platinum building in New York State and the "Greenest" building in the Eastern USA, as certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. This site provides an in-depth approach to the concept and need for green building as well as the details of the Common Fire project. It also provides a specific link for educators, with a teacher's guide to the site.
- Kids Create Your Feature :
Created by Japan for Sustainability, a Japanese NGO providing information on the environment to more than 170 countries, the "Create Your Future" Web site is full of ideas for kids to investigate how they can improve the environment including "Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle," and "How to Create a City Without Automobiles," and more.
- Cure Recycling
Recycle ink cartridges and cell phones to benefit the environment and help pediatric cancer research. Excellent fundraiser for schools. Free recycling materials and shipping provided.
- Tox Town
Want to learn about the toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places? Tox Town is an interactive Web site that enables the general public, students, and teachers to learn about the environmental health concerns in various neighborhoods.
- EnviroNews Quarterly Online
EnviroNews is the official newsletter of the International Society of Environmental Botanists. Published quarterly, EnviroNews caters to those who are deeply interested in current environmental issues.
- Promise of Place
Web site offers program ideas, case studies, research, links, and other resources to support place-based education projects. The Promise of Place Web site is project of the Center for Place-based Learning and Community Engagement and was supported by the USDA Forest Service as part of Electronic Commons competitive grants program.
- Environmental Racism: An Ecumenical Study Guide
Studies show that toxic and hazardous industries establish themselves far more often in communities of color and that these communities face greater health risks due to industrial pollution. In honor of Black History Month, generate conversation about race and the environment with your faith community with this new National Council of Churches (NCC) Eco-Justice adult education resource.
This website provides free, online courseware for exploration in science and mathematics. You can navigate through the site by subject, topic, audience, and resource type.
- BBC Climate Change
This informative BBC Weather Centre site discusses the many issues around climate change including: evidence, impact, adaptation, policies, and a links and chat page. Site also links to related information on weather, science and nature, health and culture, and more.
Educators will find helpful articles on this Web site categorized by type of school, educator, and student age with a wide range of topics. Site also includes a state-by-state school directory and list of resources.
- Environmental Earth Angels Bio-Action Program
This student Environmental Education program in Ontario, Canada engages students by providing class modules and labs on biodiversity. The outdoor activities give students a chance to utilize their knowledge and see how they can directly impact the environment.
- Energy Efficient Home Information
Learn how to make your home more energy efficient with this very useful site. There are hundreds of articles listed here with information on lowering energy usage, healthy living, green building, and more.
- National Science Foundation Chem Links
This is National Science Foundation (NSF) college student resource for years one and two of chemistry. Features 2-4 week modules with real-world questions (What Should We Do About Global Warming?) and develops the chemistry needed to answer them. Developed and tested by faculty from 40 two- and four-year colleges and universities, the modules can be adapted for use in a variety of non-science courses.
- NAAEE Launches Fresh Website
It's more than just the look. Dynamic content, better information organization, integrated search capabilities. These are some of the new features launched with the newly designed site to make it easier for you to find what you need. NAAEE staff will be updating other parts of the site over the next few months. Let us know what you think through the Contact Us function. What would make the NAAEE website more useful to you?
http://www.naaee.org and http://eelink.net
- National Energy Foundation
The National Energy Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization and a national leader in teacher training, student programs, instructional materials, development and distribution.
- NEED (National Energy Education Development)
NEED promotes an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.
- Wave that Shook the World
Nova Web site based on the PBS television program and tells the story of the 2004 tsunami that spread for 3,000 miles around the Indian Ocean basin. Site offers video footage, detailed animation, and scientific analysis.
- 16 Ways to be a Smarter Teacher
The book, "Attention,Class!!! 16 Ways to Be a Smarter Teacher," teaches leadership skills, which translates into practical advice for teachers who want to teach students more effectively.
- BBC Site Present: Science, Nature & Animals!
BBC site features live animal web-cams; wildlife articles and field guides; a searchable database; conservation projects in the UK ; photography; and much more. Science & Nature-Birds is the latest addition and offers a comprehensive guide for bird-watching; live bird-cam; projects for students; and bird-songs audio files, where students can learn to identify birds by their song.
- Cell Phone Recycling Drop used cell phones in collection boxes where cell phones are sold, or send old phones to Charitable Recycling. For every phone it receives, Charitable Recycling will make a donation to NWF or another charity of your choice. Download the printable NWF mailing label and send with your old phone to The Charitable Recycling Program, 794-A Industrial Court, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention This site provides much information on the topic of disease control and prevention, including many facts and figures that educators may find useful.
- CLEAN SWEEP USA
Six lessons for grades 4-8 focusing on waste in the environment. Lessons include source reduction, recycling, composting, landfills, and waste to energy.
- The Coleman Eco-Project
The Coleman Eco-Project 2015 was kicked off on April 29, 2005 by planting 50 trees on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Coleman Natural Foods will team with American Forests and American Farmland Trust in this decade long project. During the next 10 years, this partnership will be dedicated to joint efforts designed to improve and preserve the environment and strengthen the future of American agriculture. Their goal is to plant 1 million trees in 2005 and 20 million trees by 2015. Find out how you can be a part of this amazing effort: http://www.colemannatural.com/
- The Great Warming
"The Great Warming" is a three-hour television series about climate change and the affects on people in a variety of places around the world. The Web site includes a trailer, links to books, and background information. Airing time: TBD.
- EPA High School Environmental Center
A website for students to learn more about natural resources, conservation, internships and scholarships.
- EPA Public Involvement Tools and Techniques This website includes materials and links to useful information about how different types of public involvement relate to EPA programs, how public input can be used in EPA decision-making and how to utilize tools to support effective public involvement. In addition, the Public Involvement Resources and Training (PIRT) database is available for use.
- The Fish Olympics
Interactive learning site provides background information on various fish based on camouflage, strength, eating, and speed. Click on one of the events, read about each contender and choose the winner of the Olympics. Site provides a summary, lists of books, magazines, clubs, and reference sites for additional research.
- Fostering Sustainable Behavior
This site offers an online guide illustrating social marketing used to design and evaluate programs that foster sustainable behavior; downloadable/searchable articles, reports and case studies; and a listserv for sharing information and asking questions of others.
- Fostering Sustainable Behavior Listserv
The "Fostering Sustainable Behavior" listserv provides the opportunity for program managers to easily dialogue with one another regarding a wide range of behavior change programs that support sustainability. To subscribe: email email@example.com "Subscribe" in the subject line.
- Globalization 101: A Student's Guide
Created by scholars at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Globalization101.org teaches high school and college students about policy aspects of globalization related to civics, environment and economics. The site is aligned to state standards and includes issue briefs, news analyses, lesson plans, video interviews with experts, and useful links. The content also aligns with course requirements for AP Environmental Sciences. For more information contact, Rebecca Weiner: (202) 741-3936 or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.globalization101.org/