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Making A Difference Through Conservation Student Webinar

Discovery Education is sponsoring another webinar for students with Animal Planet’s Dave Salmoni on Wednesday, October 19th at 1:30pm ET. Content will focus on grades K-5 and feature information about survival needs for animals and plants, ecosystems and interdependence in habitats. An excerpt from the Discovery Education website follows:

Dave Salmoni, Animal Planet’s apex predator expert and host of a number of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel programs including Into the Pride and Into the Lions Den, will teach students about the relationship between animals, humans and the environment and how with their help in protecting the environment, we can ensure the well-being of our earth’s creatures. Students will also learn more about the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a premier national sustainability challenge that empowers students in grades K-12 to develop and share environmental solutions that can help change the world. Students will feel inspired to make a difference.

To learn more about Dave Salmoni, click here.

The webinar will be about an hour in length.

Click here to REGISTER for this event. The webinar is free for anyone to attend and interact with Dave Salmoni. A downloadable lesson plan is available on the webinar announcement page here. You have to register at the site to download/view the lesson plan. Feel free to leave me a comment if you have trouble accessing the PDF lesson plan.

Discussing the Death of Osama bin Laden with Students

Having trouble knowing what to say or how much information is appropriate to share with students? Discovery Education is hosting a webinar to assist educators with this task. Students will view a presentation and have an opportunity to ask questions live of Ben Rhodes, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speech Writing.

There will be a live chat window for students to pose questions during the webinar. If you find the task of sharing information regarding the death of Osama bin Laden, I encourage you to participate in this webinar and give students the opportunity to discuss this historic event. Students may have difficulty understanding why Americans are happy that some one has been killed and you may feel uncomfortable determining how much information to disseminate with your students. Attend this webinar and let it serve as a guide on how much your might want to consider sharing with your students.

This special webinar is schedule for Thursday, May 5th at 1pm EST. Teachers can register their class here: http://whitehousediscussion.eventbrite.com/. The session will be recorded in case you are unable to attend the live webinar. Individual students do not need to register – one registration per class is sufficient.

DEN Spring Virtual Conference

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The DEN is hosting their 2010 Spring Virtual Conference this Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 9am to 4pm EDT. The virtual conference is a fantastic opportunity to learn, share and network with tons of educators. You can register for the free conference here.

Join online and in-person for Discovery Education’s Virtual Conference: Connect the Thoughts. The high-quality, professional development seminars scheduled for this event will focus on providing attendees the skills, techniques and tools they need to leap into the world of digital content and educational technology. You will have the opportunity to learn from education experts from across the U.S. and Canada that will bring you new insights. During this unique professional development event you have the flexibility to attend online or in-person at one of many regional events hosted by DEN Leadership Councils.

We are canceling our ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE!’ show this Saturday so everyone can participate in the virtual conference. Next Saturday, May 1st, we will resume our regular schedule. The topic will be ‘ISTE 2010 Plans and Preparation’ with special guest, Steve Hargadon. Even if you are unable to attend we hope that you will join in the discussion and participate in the virtual sessions that will be streamed online in Elluminate live from the conference.

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge

Interested in having your students participate in the ‘Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge’? I received a message regarding the online news release of the launch of the challenge and exclusive screening of the Discovery Channel’s latest documentary, ‘LIFE’, at Philadelphia’s renowned Franklin Institute in conjunction with the NSTA National Conference.

Name: Emily Embury
Email: emily@cblohm.com
Website: http://www.wecanchange.com

Hi Kim – Here’s a challenge you may want to share with your readers…

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are partnering again this year to educate, empower and engage students and teachers nationwide to become “Agents of Change” in improving their communities through the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.  This year the Challenge expands to high school, by inviting students in grades 9-12 to join the effort to meet the environmental challenges of our age.  This new phase of the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge kicks off today at an exclusive screening of Discovery Channel’s new documentary LIFE at Philadelphia’s renowned Franklin Institute in conjunction with the NSTA National Conference.

Teachers, students and mentors can log on to http://www.wecanchange.com/ for more information on the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which officially opened for entries on March 15, 2010.

To access to the news release online, visit http://bit.ly/ansu3n.

Best,
Emily

Visit the website (http://bit.ly/ansu3n) to learn more about the challenge and kick off event.

“Sharks After Dark” Dive

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Learning how to use the Scuba Gear

This morning I participated in the  “Sharks after Dark” event co-hosted by DEN in SL and PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors in Second Life. I had a fantastic time!

I arrived early for our dive tour to learn how to adjust our settings and put on our scuba gear. We were put into groups of six to go on the automated tour deep beneath the ocean’s surface. After exploring the ocean floor for awhile we surfaced and were taken back to the starting point. What an adventure we had!

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Sunken Pirate Ship

On our tour, we saw all kinds of sea creatures swimming among the ruins of sunken ships and along the ocean floor. Dangerous sharks swam near us but none of us were harmed!

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Surfing with the Sharks - DE*

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Horseback Riding - DE*

There are a host of things to see below the ocean’s surface including caves, coral reefs and sunken pirate ships.

Several people went surfing or hang gliding at Dive World. I didn’t get to spend time as much time surfing or hang gliding as I would have liked to as I had to run over to the Elluminate room for our “Classroom 2.0 LIVE!” show but I will definitely return to the Dive World and explore the ocean floor and marine life.

Hang Gliding above Dive World - DE*

Hang Gliding above Dive World - DE*

After you finished exploring the ocean’s floor, you can go horseback riding and tour the rest of the island. There are some wonderful vegetation and wildlife to see immersed throughout the sim.

Next time you want to go scuba diving but don’t want to travel to Cancun or Cozumel, hop online and head over to Dive World to take in the sights high above ocean’s surface by hang gliding or below and go diving. You will truly be amazed and delighted!

I want to sincerely thank everyone who helped make the sim in SL, the “Sharks after Dark” event and purchase of my scuba gear possible! Dive World is a fantastic resource  that is fun and informational. Thanks DEN!

Note: DE* – Images taken from the DiscoveryEducation’s Photostream group at Flickr.com