FLOW Education: Facilitating Learning through Outdoor Watershed Education

National Geographic Society

This course is designed for classroom teachers (grades 4-8) to learn about watersheds and outdoor education using the Chesapeake Bay watershed as an example. The course introduces engaging technologies for investigating watersheds and helps you plan and effectively implement outdoor experiences.

Watershed education is an excellent way to introduce students to rich, interdisciplinary studies of one of the most important resources located in students’ backyards—water! The goal of the course is to increase your content knowledge on watershed topics and to help you develop outdoor learning experiences for your students.

In this course you will:

  • Increase literacy around watershed issues
  • Prepare to implement watershed content using engaging and effective instructional strategies in the classroom and on the school grounds
  • Share and reflect on your practice in a collaborative online environment

The course is designed for science and social studies teachers in grades 4 through 8. No prior knowledge is required. Teaching experience and access to students in a classroom is recommended.

Montana pre-service and in-service classroom educators only may apply for undergrad and graduate credits from the University of Montana. Check here for more information.



Syllabus

Session 1: Introduction to Geo-literacy
Goal: Explain the importance of geo-literacy for science and social studies classrooms.

Session 2: The Water Cycle and Watersheds
Goal: Develop an understanding of the water cycle and how it operates within a watershed.

Session 3: Mapping Watersheds
Goal: Develop an understanding of how to use GIS and mapping in the classroom.

Session 4: Water Quality and Watershed Health
Goal: Develop an understanding of how to determine the health of a watershed based on water quality parameters.

Session 5: Outdoor Learning Experiences
Goal: Understand the importance of outdoor education to promote student connections with the environment and community.

Session 6: Small Actions (local) Contribute to Big Solutions (global)
Develop an understanding of how integration of watershed education, outdoor education, and geo-education in classroom instruction can help the learners prepare young people to become geo-literate.

Course Project

The course project consists of developing an action plan to incorporate watershed and outdoor education in their classroom.

In this action plan, learners will develop or adapt an outdoor activity that aligns to the curriculum they teach and the geo-literacy framework (the 3 I’s: interactions, interconnections, implications).

In Sessions 1-4:
Learners develop an action plan using Action Plan Template and the Action Plan Rubric.

In Session 4: 
Learners submit a draft of this plan.

In Session 5:
Learners provide feedback, using the Action Plan Rubric, to two of their peers’ drafts and perform a self-assessment of their project.
 
In Session 6:
Learners incorporate their peers’ feedback, and submit their final action plan for their peers to review in the “Course Project Gallery” discussion forum. Learners will also provide final feedback to at least three of their peers’ final plans.


Course Format

This course consists of videos, readings and interactive resources.  Each session has a learning component in the form of a quiz called Checking for Understanding. You will work on a course project throughout the course which after submission, will be reviewed by your peers. The richest experience of this course is the collaboration and interaction in the discussion boards. It is your opportunity to learn from others. There is no final exam.

FAQ

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this course?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment.

What resources will I need for this course?
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, and the time to read and view cool content from National Geographic; discuss with your peers, and develop a course project.

What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this course?
The National Geographic Society offers this course to help you prepare young people for the far-reaching decisions they will face throughout their lives. To be prepared for these decisions, they must be able to recognize the far-reaching implications of the decisions they make, and they must be able to take those impacts into account when making decisions. For this, your students need to understand how our world works, how our world is connected, and how to make well reasoned decisions.
Сессии:
  • 16 сентября 2015, 7 недель
  • 17 июня 2015, 6 недель
  • 17 сентября 2014, 6 недель
Характеристики онлайн курса:
  • Бесплатный:
  • Платный:
  • Сертификат:
  • MOOC:
  • Видеолекции:
  • Аудиолекции:
  • Email-курс:
  • Язык: Английский Gb

Отзывы

Пока никто не написал отзыв по этому курсу. Хотите быть первым?

Зарегистрируйтесь, чтобы оставить отзыв

Show?id=n3eliycplgk&bids=695438
NVIDIA
Ещё курсы на эту тему:
11-131s12 Educational Theory and Practice III
This is the final course in the three-course sequence (11.129, 11.130 and 11...
89622_b259_10 Innovative Education: 10 Must Have Apps for the Classroom by Karina Barley
Using exciting & inspiring iPad applications to create 21st Century lessons...
Mathteacher-student-whiteboard Common Core in Action: Math Classroom Challenges- Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction
This course offers participants an opportunity to engage in a community of learners...
Intro-thumb09 Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students
Blended learning is a new educational model with great potential to increase...
0d6223654a5bec5f85d9ed1a5e7f263e96fd1517 Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for the Common Core State Standards (Elementary)
The Course The Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards...
Ещё из рубрики «Гуманитарные науки»:
Regular_9ae48277-b4e9-44d2-88cf-44850a0f530c Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives
Explore, challenge and shape your perceptions of dementia through science and...
Regular_6e10b9e1-10b9-4f89-a55c-a4089085e41f Emotional Intelligence at Work
Explore how emotional intelligence helps us to understand ourselves and others...
Regular_916404c3-397e-4e62-9690-74d74362d9d6 The Monday Campaigns: Lessons in Public Health Promotion
Explore new approaches to public health promotion and the science that underpins...
Regular_d8e1e826-d510-4d63-9178-45a439d17cb6 Childhood Adversity: The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Mental Health
Explore the connection between childhood adversity and mental health, and enhance...
Regular_5e14af0d-633e-4cd4-a02e-abf59258b984 PSHE Education: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World
Discover the fundamentals of effective PSHE education pedagogy and planning...
Ещё от Coursera:
Success-from-the-start-2 First Year Teaching (Secondary Grades) - Success from the Start
Success with your students starts on Day 1. Learn from NTC's 25 years developing...
New-york-city-78181 Understanding 9/11: Why Did al Qai’da Attack America?
This course will explore the forces that led to the 9/11 attacks and the policies...
Small-icon.hover Aboriginal Worldviews and Education
This course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how this knowledge can...
Ac-logo Analytic Combinatorics
Analytic Combinatorics teaches a calculus that enables precise quantitative...
Talk_bubble_fin2 Accountable Talk®: Conversation that Works
Designed for teachers and learners in every setting - in school and out, in...

© 2013-2019