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Live from Antarctica 2

is an integrated multimedia project, which uses

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on-line resources


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print materials


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live interactive video
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Each medium is used to contribute what it does best. Participants in previous Passport to Knowledge projects report their students benefited most when all three components were used in complementary ways. However, flexibility in local implementation strategies and a wide range of choices are also hallmarks of every PTK Module.

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The Internet breaks down the walls of the classroom and brings the world and world-class researchers to any school, any place, any time.

  • Field Journals and Biographies provide behind-the-scenes and "beyond the screen" anecdotes which personalize the scientific process in ways no textbook or broadcast TV program can
    • My parents were in "business," and yet five of their six children went into biology. I don't know why I am facinated by biology and can't be bothered to balance my checkbook. I think people should strive to find a career in which they do well, and more importantly, what they like. - Carol Vleck
  • On-line opportunities facilitate direct, individual interactions with leading scientists and their support teams through Researcher Q&A
  • Images of Antarctica, weather reports, ship's logs and project Updates will be available over the Internet in close to real time: LFA 2 can be experienced as an expedition or "electronic field trip", and as a learning experience with direct relevance to the curriculum
  • Teachers share curriculum ideas and implementation challenges with other teachers via on-line mail lists, such as discuss-lfa
  • Passport to Knowledge provides opportunities for meaningful participation for those with access only to text and e-mail, as well as those with full access to the World Wide Web
  • For the first time, this Passport to Knowledge Module will provide three customized pathways through the Live From Antarctica 2 Web site for Teachers, Students and "Parents & Public".


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This Guide and associated print materials provide all an educator needs to implement this unique learning experience successfully in a science class, or interdisciplinary team teaching environment. The Guide (also accessible on-line) provides a teacher-friendly, easy-to-use introduction to the entire project, and is co-packaged with copy masters of Student Worksheets and other Blackline Masters to support the Activities, an original full-color poster and various NSF publications designed to enhance the sense of taking an actual field trip to Antarctica.

  • Hands-on Activities simulate the most significant aspects of the research seen on-camera or on-line, and illuminate key science concepts
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      Review Electromagnetic Spectrum/ light wavelengths/nanometers with the class.

      Place chemical equation for photosynthesis on blackboard. Ask students if they know what these symbols represent. Some students may easily recognize symbols for water and carbon dioxide.
  • Many Activities suggest adaptations beyond PTK's primary target of middle school classes, up and down in grade level
  • Many of the Activities also suggest ways to connect across the disciplines, beyond science, as indicated by the icons to be found throughout this Guide.

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  • Each activity retains the pedagogically-sound Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand format of previous Passport to Knowledge Guides.
  • Opening and Closing Activities help teachers create anticipatory set, and reinforce and assess student learning outcomes at the conclusion of the experience
  • A Teacher's Kit provides more extensive materials, including this Guide and its co-packaged materials, an oversized USGS map of Antarctica with detail of the Palmer Peninsula, videos from NSF designed to orient field teams visiting Antarctica, backgrounders on the continent from the first Passport to Knowledge Live From Antarctica field trip, UV filter materials to support Activity 3.2, 5 copies of NSF's "Your Stay at United States Antarctic Program Stations", and 5 copies of the Childrens' Television Workshop/NSF color brochure, "Antarctica." (To order the LFA 2 Teacher's Kit, click here.)

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Television provides the sights and sounds, the people, places and processes which set a living context around the text.

  • Personal portraits of the researchers and their lives humanize the hard work of doing science and demystify high-tech careers
  • Cutting-edge telecommunications connects students to remote or inaccessible locations
  • Graphics and dynamic visuals simplify complex concepts
  • Live, two-way exchanges between students and researchers symbolize the interactive possibilities universally available via the Internet

Teachers rate the live component of the Live From...videos highly, although most teachers use them on tape: there's no contradiction. The excitement of the original live interactions is maintained while teachers gain flexibility by using the video on tapes.

How the Components work together -- an example

Activity 3.2 "The effects of UV Radiation on Plant Growth" invites students to undertake experiments which directly parallel what researcher Tad Day will be doing, on camera, at Stepping Stones Island during Program 3. Tad has worked with LFA 2 to create this Activity. His biography and field work notes can be read on-line, where you can also find references to his other publications on plants and UV-B. The combination of TV, the printed hands-on Activities and on-line resources should make your students truly feel as if they were "co-investigators" with a scientist engaged in significant research in the real world. And if you have questions about how best to implement the Activity, or have stories to share about your students' successes or failures, you can post messages to discuss-lfa and connect with fellow teachers geographically dispersed across the nation, and even across the planet.

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Last Update: 1/18/97
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