Hi All:

We have a lot of exciting things turning up regarding: Technology in the Classroom.

First, learning about NSTA's Learning Center, is a great way to start! And, This is totally Free What that means is...if any of your pals, who have thought about joining NSTA but haven't they can still have their big toe in the NSTA door! ...how great is that?

Below is the URL...go there to register to attend the web seminar. To register to the web seminar, participants must have a Learning Center account (which is free [just in case, you missed the first announcement, stated above, about the free part].) A link to the page to create an account is also below, please, feel free to share it with some of your Science Teacher colleagues.

1.) NSTA: Learning Center Web Seminar, July 27, 8:00 - 9:30 pm Eastern time will be hosted by: Flavio Mendez, Senior Director, The NSTA Learning Center


2.) Create your free Learning Center account: (PLEASE, do first!.)


Second, learn more about the Large Marine Ecosystem so we can continue making good headway in this exciting extremely pioneering project:

In speaking with Dr. Kenneth Sherman who is the Director, U.S. LME and Dr. Marie-Christine Aquarone who is the Deputy Director, U.S. LME Program they suggested that we begin with the following steps:
1.) Identifying what qualifies for a Large Marine Ecosystem (LME). (The criteria for determining a LME.)

A.) Understanding what characterizes the distinct bathymetry, hydrography, productivity, and trophically dependent populations making up the specific identifiable regions.

B.) Identifying the countries that make up each LME. (Ex: LME #28 the Guinea Current covers 16 countries.)

2.) Sustainable Development of the World's Large Marine Ecosystems during Climate Change to please read chapter 1, 2, and 3. (<-- Click on Link for PDF file of textbook.)
A.) Chapter 1 by Gro Harlem Brundtland on Our Common Future in Sustainable Development and Climate Change

B.) Chapter 2 by Al Gore on What Goes Up Must Come Down

C.) Chapter 3 by Jane Lubchenco and Laura Petes on The Interconnected Biosphere: Science at the Ocean's Tipping Points

3.) Sustaining the World's Large Marine Ecosystems to please read chapter 9 (<-- Click on Link for PDF file of textbook.)
A.) Chapter 9 by Marie-Christine Aquarone on Outreach and Education for Ecosystems-based Management in the World's Large Marine Ecosystems
A major plus to this program: the social aspects in dealing with different countries. Several countries that have had political conflicts with each other have been coming together for the common goal of recovering depleted fish stocks, restoring damaged habitats and reducing their coastal pollution because of something they all share in common: the viability of their needed food resources.

Third, we have discussed some terrific Lesson Plans on the Dead Zone, so please read this:
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Fourth, if you want to talk before the 8PM EST NSTA Learning Center Web Seminar then mark your calendar and RSVP back with your Skype name (as-soon-as possible) and we will call you at 7:45PM EST for a mini SKYPE chat regarding:

1.) NSTA's Learning Center

2.) Large Marine Ecosystem Project

3.) Calendar of upcoming events

4.) Review last week's minutes/text notes (not attached)

5.) New Business & Ideas

6.) End meeting at 7:55PM, so we can log into the Web Seminar.

Now there is a lot of information here. Our primary objective this week is the Learning Center. If you don't have an account, please open it up before the meeting to insure no problem when we begin.**

Talk soon!



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