Scientific Explorations Through Virtual Field Trips
Teachers can show their students that science, exploration, and conservation are alive outside of their textbooks by joining virtual field trips with National Geographic Explorers. Several times a month, students can participate inExplorer Classroom and connect with National Geographic explorers in Google Hangout events. On January 11, for example, students met a big cat researcher and conservationist who works on human–carnivore conflict throughout east and southern Africa. Thanks to satellite technology, students were able to connect with the Explorer while he was working in the field in Botswana. To participate in Explorer Classroom, teachers need to register online. The first six classrooms to register will be awarded on-camera spots. Those classrooms will have the opportunity to interact with the featured Explorer directly—just like in a Skype call. In addition, an unlimited number of people can watch live on YouTube, and anyone can ask questions by tweeting #ExplorerClassroom. All Explorer Classroom hangouts are recorded so teachers can review them a second time or save them for just the right moment in their instruction.
The American Association of Physics Teachers High School Physics Photo Contest, sponsored by Vernier Software and Technology, is providing teachers and students in grades 9–12 an opportunity to learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts.
GlobalCOlab (GCL) connects students and educators from different cultures and religions from around the world to crosscut disciplines, curricula, and traditional subjects and empowers participants through student-led and student-created topics. These topics are based around global issues affecting each student’s community.