Happy New Year Teachers,
The time for our Live Call connections to the Antarctic is rapidly approaching. You should have received a day and time that you are scheduled to participate from Kate Florio. The following are a list of things to be prepared with to keep these calls as streamlined as possible, and to enable your students the most interaction time possible in the 30 minute call duration.
1. If you haven’t already, please test your school connection ahead of time. Sage or I can be available within the following times, if you schedule with us ahead of time, when you want to connect:
a. Thursday, January 13, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
b. Friday, January 14, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
c. Tuesday, January 18, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
d. Wednesday, January 19, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
e. Thursday, January 20, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
f. Friday, January 21, from 9:00am to 5:00pm
For more information on this look at COSEE-NOW: http://coseenow.net/groups/ross-sea-connection/forum/topic/office-hours-to-test-school-connection/
2. Have your students follow the mission blog. http://coseenow.net/ross-sea/ The scientists are all down in the Antarctic now, and will be posting more frequently. This will be a great way for them to develop questions for the calls.
3. Collect questions your students want to pose to the scientists and send them to Katie Gardner at least three days ahead of your scheduled call. Please submit them using the template listed below:
b. Is this a priority to hear answered? __Yes __No
c. School Name:
d. Teacher Name:
e. Student’s Name (first only):
Please keep in mind that these calls are only 30 minutes and while we’d like to accommodate every question, there are time constraints. The reason we are asking for questions ahead of time is to help Chris Linder prepare for each call. Your students will still have the opportunity to ask their questions live when we call on them by name. We will make every attempt to answered any questions not asked/covered during the call in another interaction.
4. Please don’t forget that an additional resource to use in preparing your students for the call is the Ocean Gazing Podcast. You can find many of these resources related to the Ross Sea Mission on COSEE-NOW: http://coseenow.net/groups/ross-sea-connection/forum/topic/ross-sea-resources/ Please post recommendations and links for any other resources you are using here yourself.
5. Finally, as you are aware, we are relying on technology heavily to make these calls a success, and are using it in a novel way, connecting classrooms to scientists. We are making every effort to ensure a smooth connection, and appreciate all the help you’ve provided by testing your side of these connections. Should there be difficulties with the technology on the day of the call we ask for your patience, but there is no time for troubleshooting during a live call.
We look forward to these calls, and hope you and your students are as excited about these connections as we and the scientists are. As always feel free to contact us with questions and concerns, or make posts to the COSEE-NOW Ross Sea group.
- Katie Gardner
Senior Science Educator
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ 07305