The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is happy to announce a special professional development opportunity for middle and high school educators nationwide. All educators are welcome to register, and NOSB coaches are highly encouraged to participate.
The free online webinar series, beginning in December 2013 and running through January 2014, will focus on the 2014 NOSB competition theme of ocean acidification. The purpose of the series is to provide teachers with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of current ocean acidification research and understanding.
NOSB coaches, please note: The seminar’s guest experts will be writing questions for the 2013 NOSB competitions!
Throughout the webinar series, guest experts will cover issues related to the global carbon cycle and the natural and anthropogenic sources of carbon to the ocean, as well as the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms. Each of the presenters will give a one hour live webinar presentation on their current research or topic of interest, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.
The links to each of the webinars will be posted on the NOSB website (http://nosb.org/professional-development/). You simply have to click and enter the Adobe Connect meeting. If you have never used Adobe Connect, there is no software to download, but you may be prompted to update to the most recent version of Adobe Flash. All participants logged into the meeting will be able to listen and follow along with the presentation, as well as type questions for the presenter during the live presentation. In most cases, the NOSB staff will read the questions to the presenter. If a participant has a computer or laptop with a microphone, they may be able to ask their own question verbally.
In addition to the live interactive portion of the webinars, there will also be asynchronous elements. Each presenter may post related educational resources on the NOSB webpage (http://nosb.org/professional-development/), which will be available to you and your students to explore. Full video of the presentations will also be posted.
To find out more about the presenters and their topics, please click on their name:
• December 11, 2013, 4pm (EST)
Dr. Amy Maas, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Topic: Ocean Acidification and its impact on pteropods
Title: Peril of the sea butterfly: Pteropods – A case study on the biology of ocean acidification
Providing a direct link between this seminar series and the NOSB competitions, each presenter will be writing questions for the NOSB competitions. Participating coaches will complete these courses with a much stronger understanding of this year’s theme and will be able to better prepare their students for the 2014 NOSB Regional and Finals Competitions.
How you can participate: All NOSB coaches that have registered a team for the 2014 competition season will be sent an invitation for the professional development series by their Regional Coordinators. Any other teachers interested in participating may email the NOSB national office at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply check the NOSB website for the links to each individual webinar. We anticipate being able to accommodate all interested parties, but participation will be on a first log-in, first serve basis as space allows in the Adobe Connect system.
Reminder: This is a special opportunity for educators and coaches of NOSB teams. NOSB students are asked not to participate in the live webinar, but rather to watch the recorded videos and presentations once they are posted on the NOSB website.
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