Resources for Teachers
Navigating CLEAN's Virtual Resources
We're here to help you find resources for your virtual classroom. Searching the CLEAN collection by the 'video' and 'visualization' tags will return resources that are completely online. Many 'activities' in CLEAN can be done online as well. Some virtual activities can be found by searching with the key word 'virtual.' You can also sort the resources that have been tagged for 'online readiness,' simply add the "online readiness" category at the bottom of the search. We are continuing to tag resources for the online applicability. We are working with resource developers to link to any supplemental materials or modifications they may be creating for switching to online learning and will add those to the resource pages as we receive them.
Other Resources for Educators
We have collected a list of some of other online teaching resources available for educators:
- You can check out the online climate teaching resources suggested by members of the CLEAN Network that were collected and put into this Google Sheet.
- "Teach the Earth" - SERC and NAGT have partnered to offer resources for Geoscience educators transitioning from classroom to online courses.
- The Earth Science Women's Network community has come together to make a running list of resources. These are especially helpful for higher learning educators.
- The Science Education Group at UCAR has put together online climate learning resources.
- Our University of Colorado partners in the physics department offer a free library of interactive simulations for science and math.
- The Global Weirding Video Series from PBS and Katharine Hayhoe discuss climate and energy topics in fun, animated short videos.
- The National Parks offer a wide variety of options for remote learning. This blog offers a description of some of the creative ideas to utilize the National Park resources. Climate change themed resources are also available on the National Park Service Website and virtual tours of some National Parks are highlighted here.
- Here is a consistently updated list of museums offering at home activities.
- Amazing Educational Resources has a running list of educational companies offering their products for free. This includes all areas of study.
- Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner (Associate Professor at Louisiana State University) put together this guide for maintaining active learning strategies with distance learning.
- The U.S. Ice Drilling program's School of Ice, funded by the National Science Foundation, would like to announce the release of new climate change videos in the format of Virtual Field Labs. Join leading climate scientists as they take students into the field with them to conduct climate research. Students will use their own science notebooks to make observations and measurements, collect data, and make graphs and interpretations. Each Virtual Field Lab series consists of three videos. In the first video, students get to know the climate scientist and are introducedto the question that will be investigated. Episodes two and three engage students in collecting data along with the climate scientists in an effort to better understand our climate future.
- Climate Clues from the Past: Dr. Meredith Kelly looks at geologic clues from the end of the last ice age for insight into how our current ice sheets may respond to the rapid warming of our planet. Episode #1; Episode #2; Episode #3
- Abrupt Climate Disruptions: Dr. Erich Osterberg explores abrupt climate disruptions in the past as a way to predict the abrupt climate changes we can expect in the future. Episode #1; Episode #2; Episode #3
- Climate Warnings from Alaska: Dr. Dom Winski analyzes how snowfall and snow melt events have changed since fossil fuels became the dominant fuel source for humans. Episode #1; Episode #2; Episode #3
Learning Sessions/Webinar Series for Students
Here is a list of organizations who are putting on live virtual learning sessions around climate topics in the 2020-2021 school year:
- Have your K-8th grade students join CLEAN on October 21st at 1pm for a virtual live lesson about melting ice, and its relation to climate.
- CIRES (the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) is organizing Q&A sessions with scientists and related learning activities.
- The UCAR Science Education Group at NCAR (the National Center for Atmospheric Research) is hosting virtual visits with scientists and virtual demonstrations for elementary students.
- The Earth Institute at Columbia University is hosting a series featuring experts presenting relevant sustainability content in 60-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators.
- The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is hosting virtual learning series for elementary, middle, and high school students. Send an email to Meghan Pearson for more information abut the middle and high school series. Check out the elementary virtual story time series here.
- Whether you're an aspiring young scientist or a long-time science enthusiast, you're sure to enjoy Lamont-Doherty's Open House. Tour a lab, participate in hands-on earth science demonstrations, and learn from world-renowned researchers about their latest discoveries. [link webextlink://For our 2020 event, we are going fully virtual, and all events will take place over October 19-22. 'For the 2020 event, they are going fully virtual, and all events will take place over October 19-22.']
- The Alliance for Climate Education is putting on a virtual climate assembly for students on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
- The Wisconsin Energy Institute is hosting an Energy Transitions Oral History workshop on Monday, September 21, 2020.
- Green & Healthy Schools will host sustainability experts from across Wisconsin for virtual learning during the 2020-2021 school year. This series is recommended for students in grades 6 to 12. 30-minute sessions will be offered alternating on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week this fall.