Welcome to "Rolling on the Tundra!" Polar bears are amazing animals. Their habitat is being affected by climate change, and the polar bears existence is threatened.
This exhibit is an interdisciplinary unit of study on polar bears. Within this exhibit, there are lesson plans and ideas for technology integration in many curricular areas-all focusing on polar bears. There are also resources that educators and students can use as they take action to conserve energy, reduce their carbon footprints, and make changes to protect the habitat of the polar bears.
Finally, students can utilize technology to educate the global community about the problems facing the polar bears. Using technology, public service announcements can be created with digital video, a series of podcasts can be made, and information can be disseminated in many ways. Dr. Jane Goodall states that knowledge leads to compassion which then leads to action. It is with that in mind that we hope this exhibit will help you and your students take action to implement projects that will make a difference in our world and the world of the polar bear.
"Polar Bears in a Changing Climate” is a newer, related exhibit that correlates with "Rolling on the Tundra." In that exhibit, there are:
- Lessons and activities correlated with webcasts were conducted live from the tundra
- Pre-webcast and post-webcast activities and assessment rubrics
- Challenge Based Learning framework
- Process for active student-directed learning activities
- A focus on creative, action-oriented solutions to authentic problems
- Resources for utilization by students and educators as they take action to conserve energy (and water), reduce their carbon footprints, and make changes to protect polar bear habitat
- Utilization of 21st century skills and instructional strategies including the integration of relevant technologies
- Publishing of digital media a part of the action-oriented solution to a challenge
As part of this challenge-based approach to taking action for solving a real–world problem, students can utilize technology to educate the global community about the problems facing polar bears. Using technology, public service announcements can be created with digital video, a series of podcasts can be created and published, print publications can be produced and shared, and relevant information can be disseminated in many ways.