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Next PLC Meeting Weds Nov 30th, 4pm

posted Nov 28, 2011, 11:21 AM by Stephanie Chasteen   [ updated Nov 28, 2011, 2:17 PM ]

Here are directions for connecting to our Nov 30th meeting.

Sarah Wise from CIRES will discuss strategies for addressing controversy in teaching climate change, during planning and instruction
CIRES is the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). 
http://cires.colorado.edu/education/outreach/people/buhr/

Then we'll have open time to discuss the PLC, and share our own challenges and tips.  

To connect to the meeting, we are using ReadyTalk.   You can view presenters on video (and their slides) via the web, and connect to audio via the phone.  You have to do  both of these steps to be able to see both audio and video!  Here are instructions.  I'll log in at 3:30 to help get people connected.

VIRTUAL CONNECTION via ReadyTalk
Call toll-free phone for audio: 866-740-1260
Use access code: 7753277
To view, go to http://www.readytalk.com  
and use same access code.


Sept 7th meeting notes and photos

posted Oct 21, 2011, 1:09 PM by Stephanie Chasteen

Here are a few notes from our first meeting.
You can see all our great photos here:  https://picasaweb.google.com/105215877519705854466/PLCMeetingBrianJonesSept7th

A glowing teacher through the infrared meter
Brian Jones shared a great set of hands-on activities for teaching  climate change, including a glass-slide model of the atmosphere and
some super-fun infrared viewers (which he offers to lend to a teacher needing a set) through which we could see how heat is trapped in the layers of glass.  We went outside and looked at a biker (who seemed cold) and clouds and exhaust from the Little Shop van. 


You can see some of their activities here:  http://littleshop.physics.colostate.edu/forteachers.html
And check out their podcasts, many of which focus on climate change activities:  http://littleshopofphysics.wordpress.com/

Then we came inside and talked about the essence of the PLC: A group to share resources and teaching expertise
One meeting every month (around 5pm seemed a good time for most) Every 3rd meeting will be in-person, so the December meeting will be in-person (NCAR in Boulder was suggested as a good location)

Anyone can be in the PLC, but to get a stipend you have to go to 6 meetings/year or participate via the web at a regular level.  Several teachers said that what they’re interested in learning about is more hands-on activities and resources.  We also discussed the resistance that people meet from parents and students when it comes to  
issues of climate change.  One teacher said that he doesn’t have much resistance to teaching the content because he comes at it from the perspective of a real-life application of physics.  Another educator  
suggested that discussing climate change from a real-life perspective (e.g., the hands-on explorations shared by Brian Jones), and an optimistic perspective (e.g., there is something you can do) could be a positive approach.

David Swartz then gave a fascinating slideshow from his research experience studying soil in Alaska this summer.


Connect to the Sept 7th meeting via the web

posted Sep 1, 2011, 9:12 AM by Stephanie Chasteen

Many have asked if we will offer virtual connections to the Sept 7th meeting.  Yes!  We are using ReadyTalk.   You can view presenters on video (and their slides) via the web, and connect to audio via the phone.  You have to do both of these steps to be able to see both audio and video!  Here are instructions.  I'll log in at 4:30 on Weds the 7th, join us anytime.

VIRTUAL CONNECTION via ReadyTalk
Call toll-free phone for audio: 866-740-1260
Use access code: 7753277
To view, go to http://www.readytalk.com 
and use same access code.

PLC Kickoff meeting September 7th: All welcome!

posted Aug 22, 2011, 1:48 PM by Stephanie Chasteen   [ updated Aug 22, 2011, 1:57 PM ]

We're pulling together a fun kickoff meeting for the PLC in Fort Collins on Wednesday, Sept 7th.  Please consider joining us -- in person or virtually.  This is a great way for us to brainstorm together about what we want from the PLC.  Please let Stephanie know if you can come, at lmac@colorado.edu. And please share this information widely!  This first meeting will be open to all interested.  Details are below.



WHEN:  September 7th, 5-7pm.
WHERE:  Avogadro's Number, 605 South Mason Street, Fort Collins
http://www.avogadros.com/

WHAT:  Discuss PLC business, see great climate change activities from award-winning educator Brian Jones (Little Shop of Physics) and hear about David Swartz's research experience in Alaska this summer! 

SCHEDULE (subject to change!)
5:00 - 5:30  Social time.  Come grab a beer! (no host bar)
5:30 - 5:45  Intro
5:45 - 6:15 Brian Jones shares climate change activities
6:15 - 6:30  Share-out and announcements
6:30 - 6:45  David Swartz
6:45 - 7:00  Next steps and close

VIRTUAL CONNECTION via ReadyTalk:  Stay tuned for details

We have a free Q&A discussion forum

posted Aug 8, 2011, 2:30 PM by Stephanie Chasteen   [ updated Aug 16, 2011, 12:11 PM ]

The kind folks at ICEE (Inspiring Climate Education Excellence) have provided us a Colorado-specific online Q&A forum where we can post questions and answers to get expert help on teaching climate.  This is monitored by some of the best climate education specialists, so please use this opportunity!  (Free registration required).  Note that this is different from the PLC email list, which only reaches other teachers in the PLC.

Kickoff PLC Meeting: September 7th in Fort Collins!

posted Jul 19, 2011, 11:26 AM by Stephanie Chasteen

We plan to have a kickoff meeting for the PLC on September 7th in Fort Collins, coordinated by local teacher (and PLC co-leader) David Swartz.  Stay tuned for details!

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