Thursday, Jun 6, 2013
Park resource education staff hosted two teacher workshops in March. Two dozen teachers who together serve 2,000 students attended the workshops, which focused on weather and technology. The workshops were supported by Friends of the Smokies and a Verizon grant.
Teachers participated in demonstrations using distance learning tools and techniques from rangers at Yosemite National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, and the Stephen T. Mather Training Center. These sessions included technology resources for the classroom, such as hands-on demonstrations of software and apps that may enhance classroom learning and ways to connect classrooms with NPS units.
Representatives from the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tennessee, and Greenville-Spartanburg, North Carolin, also gave presentations about weather content and available resources for educators.
Teachers were very appreciative and passed along several compliments in their evaluations, including: "One of the most beneficial workshops that I have attended" and” Wonderful day! I love our National Park System! Thank you for supporting the public school system with all of the wonderful resources and programs!"
Besides providing opportunities for teachers to learn about resources that will help them reach STEM requirements, these workshops also targeted park goals of reaching Call to Action Items 16 (Live & Learn) and 17 (Go Digital).