Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cool Free Online Smithsonian Event for Educators!

Shout Online Conference Series

Dear Education Professional: 
We are pleased to pass on this information about the next live online program from the Smithsonian Institution. Join live and lively online discussions with experts, network with people around the world, discover new resources, and enrich your students. Register now for this FREE program:
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm EST
The Art of Science: Complementary Ways of Understanding Our World 
Session One: 11:00 – 11:50am EST
How can a work of art add to our understanding of evolutionary biology, deforestation, and climate change? Museum educators Suzannah Niepold and Sally Otis of the Smithsonian American Art Museum will introduce you to artwork that does just that as they model writing prompts, optics experiments, art activities, and other strategies to connect art and science in your classroom.
Educating for Global Competence: Why does it matter today? What does it look like in student work?
Session Two: 1:00 – 1:50pm EST
How can we best prepare students for the global, economic, technological, and environmental challenges they will face in today’s increasingly interdependent world? Verónica Boix Mansilla, chair of the Future of Learning Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will explore what it means to be a globally competent person and how global competence is reflected in student work. 
Inspiring Students about Living, Breathing, Changing Soils 
Session Three: 2:00 – 2:50pm EST
Kids like to play in the dirt but may not recognize the amazing ways it enters into our daily lives and why soil conservation is crucial to the health of all land ecosystems. Meet Pat Megonigal, an ecosystem ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, who will show you how a remarkable exhibition with fun and engaging online tools reveals the secrets of soil. 
UPDATE on the Smithsonian Tree Banding project will immediately follow this Session Three. Hear about the schools across the world that are joining Smithsonian researchers in this citizen science project. You can join too!
All events are free of charge. More information and registration: 
This conference is part of SHOUT, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution, Microsoft Partners in Learning, and TakingITGlobal. www.shoutlearning.org

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