Earth Science

Earth Science from Space: Our "Blue Marble" and the BIG PICTURE
1 graduate credit - Instructor: Dr. A. Frederick (Fritz) Hasler - This course will demonstrate to teachers how our Earth, our "Blue Marble": fits into the Universe, The Milky Way Galaxy, and the Solar System. It will show the teacher how it takes observations from space to understand our planet as a whole. The basics of space born remote sensing will be explained. The most illuminating and spectacular visualizations of global weather, climate, fires, ocean currents, and long-term degradation of our planet will be shown. The implications of planetary degradation will be discussed. The teacher will learn how to convey this message to students and parents and help students use Internet sites and the course material to make their own presentations.
Online course fee: $140.00
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Global Warming, Climate Change, and Environmental Degradation: Evidence from Space/Solutions on Earth
1 graduate credit - Instructor: Dr. A. Frederick (Fritz) Hasler - This course will explain to the PK-12 teacher that the overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that Global Warming results from human caused increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide. The climate scientists also agree that Global Warming is having serious negative consequences on the planet. This course presents small scale methods that individuals can use and the large scale methods that governments and industry can use to reduce Environmental Degradation. The spectacular images and animations of Climate Change and Environmental Degradation from space presented in this course give an impression that can't be obtained from words and graphs. The teacher will learn how to convey this message to students and parents and help students use Internet sites and the course material make their own presentations.
Online course fee: $140.00
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Global Warming: Solutions for You, Your Community, Your Country, and the World
1 graduate credit - Instructor: Dr. A. Frederick (Fritz) Hasler - This course will document for the PK-12 teacher the science behind Global Warming and the consequences of inaction. Global Warming is only one aspect of the Environmental Degradation that confronts our Planet. Other aspects of Environmental Degradation include, air and water pollution, deforestation, devastation of natural fish populations from over fishing, degradation of agricultural lands, depletion of aquifers, extinction of species, etc. that are caused by many types of human activities. Minimization of Environmental Degradation from all causes should motivate us to reduce our "resource-use footprint" on the Planet and to encourage others to do the same. Learn what things will work and what things don't work. The teacher will learn how to convey this message to students and parents and help students use Internet sites and the course material make their own presentations.
Online course fee: $140.00
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How to Become a "Green" School
1 graduate credit - Instructor: James R. McGrath - The course will review the national urgency for schools to become involved in the Green School Movement. It will provide teachers and school personnel with information on standards based integrated curriculum models for elementary, middle and high school. Research will be presented on schools that have incorporated (Green) environment focus curriculum and have improved academic performance. Strong parent and community partnership programs will be reviewed to help successfully sustain a Green School. Program/Models for reducing the achievement gap and improving student's reading performance will be reviewed. The course will share information on the Green Charter Schools Dissemination Programs that were initiated in the state of Wisconsin to help develop a national network to provide resources and services to help "Green Schools Grow."
Online course fee: $140.00
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