Webinar Series for Educators

Looking for background information and new activities and lessons that will help you meet the standards (such as the NGSS and Core Curriculum)?  Here’s a fun and educational opportunity!  This 5-part series is designed to help educators develop content knowledge and discover activities that will bring learning alive for their K-12 students. Each one-hour live webinar  incorporates graphics, multimedia resources, audience feedback, and Q&A time.

You can attend one webinar to gain insight into one life science topic of interest… or attend the series for a true professional development opportunity!

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Webinar 1 - Birds in Your Ecosystem Birds are diverse, but they all have some things in common. Learn about adaptations that birds have to survive and reproduce in their habitats, and get insight into the roles birds play within ecosystems.

Webinar 2: Bird Communication: Songs and Calls  Birds vocalize to keep in touch, attract mates, defend territories, and communicate with their families. In this webinar, you’ll hear and see sound while discovering activities that will help your students explore the physics of sound and reasons for bird communication. Your eyes (and ears!) will be opened to the world of birds!

Webinar 3: Migration: Birds on the Move  Some birds stay in the same area year-round, while others migrate each spring and fall. Explore the costs and benefits to each strategy, learn about the basics of flight and migration, and discover how we know what we know about where and when birds travel.

Webinar 4: Nesting: Birds Raising Young  The nesting season presents challenges for both adult birds and their young. You’ll learn about the different strategies that birds have for keeping their young safe and healthy, and discover some of the things humans do to help (and hurt) nesting birds.

girl, kids, out, lookWebinar 5: Citizen Science: Next Generation Scientists  By collecting and contributing simple data about the birds in your area, you and your students can help scientists understand the distribution and abundance of birds and how birds are impacted by habitat changes. This webinar introduces each of the Cornell Lab’s citizen science projects and will help you select a project to participate in with your students.

Choose to attend as many as you wish, and if within a year you complete the whole series, you can earn 1 CEU from Cornell University’s School of Continuing Education!

Register for one, several, or the whole series!

Schedule (times are in the Eastern zone):

  • Summer Session: Thursday, August 21. All day professional development with a break for lunch. Session begins at 10:00am and concludes at 4:00pm (Eastern Time Zone). Full day sessions are $75 and 1 CEU credit is $10 extra.
  • Fall Series: Tuesdays at 7pm (Eastern Time Zone) on September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, and October 7th.
If you complete the series of five webinars, you can elect to earn 1 CEU  (Continuing Education Unit). There is an additional $10 fee if you opt for that credit (awarded by Cornell University).
Excited to attend? Register for one or all at this link.
If you have questions, please read the FAQs below or contact us via email.

Webinar FAQs

 

 

Do the webinars need to be completed in order?

Each webinar is designed to stand alone, but they also add up to a complete series that provides thorough background in the Cornell Lab’s resources and many of the life science concepts you can cover using birds and your local environment. You can attend the webinars in any order, and each webinar comes with different associated activities and multimedia resources for download.

Who should consider attending?

We think the webinars are perfect for K-12 teachers and homeschool parents, especially those who teach 3-8th grade. While there is a focus on classroom use and meeting NGSS standards, homeschoolers and educators who work at nature centers, afterschool programs, and science supervisors will find useful information and activities. People who are simply interested in birds and bird biology, especially those who are interested educating young people through the wonder of birds, are quite welcome. While some science background is helpful, and the series complements our innovative kits and free resources, no previous experience with birds or BirdSleuth is required. We’ll point out the best educational sites and materials we have to offer!

What grade levels are the activities targeted for?

The content of each webinar and provided activities are tied to the NGSS and meet many Core Curriculum Standards for 3-8th grade. That said, teachers of younger and older students are welcome to attend and will find the content and activities easily adaptable.

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What standards will the webinars and associated activities help me meet?

This series will help you meet many of the NGSS Life Science Disciplinary Core Ideas, as well as several Earth and Space Science Disciplinary Core Ideas related to human impacts and the environment.

Webinar 1 - Birds in Your Ecosystem 

 Webinar 2: Bird Communication: Songs and Calls

Webinar 3: Migration: Birds on the Move 

Webinar 4 - Nesting: Birds Raising Young

Webinar 5: Citizen Science: Next Generation Scientists 

The chart below maps each webinar to Life Science and Earth Science disciplinary core ideas, with the different colored triangles corresponding to the colors of each webinar above, so that you can choose the webinars that are best suited to your teaching needs:

 

K-2

3-5

6-8

LS1A

Structure and Function

 

LS1B

Growth and Development of Organisms

LS1C

Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

∆ 

∆ 

 

LS1D

Information Processing



 

LS2A

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

∆ 

LS2B

Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

 

 

 

LS2C

Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

N/A

 

LS2D

Social Interaction and Group Behavior

N/A

 

N/A

LS3A

Inheritance of Traits

 

 

 

LS3B

Variation of Traits

 

 

 

LS4A

Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

N/A

 

 

LS4B

Natural Selection

N/A



LS4C

Adaptation

N/A

LS4D

Biodiversity and Humans

 

ESS3

Human Impacts on Earth’s Systems

 

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Why is there a cost, and what do I get for the $15 fee ($75 for the series)?

This is not your “run of the mill” webinar that leaves you wondering how to implement what you’ve learned. Each webinar hands you the tools you need to hit the ground running. With these webinars, we want to provide teachers will real professional development that will impact classroom practice.

As a non-profit, the fee pays for the development of the webinars and future materials. The nominal fee will allow you to participate in a live webinar staffed by Cornell Lab educators who will answer your questions and offer personal support. After the webinar, you will be able to download activities, a set of teaching slides to use in your classrooms, and in many cases, multimedia files (sounds, videos, animations…ready for classroom use) that are selected especially to connect to the content and activities presented.

How can I let my supervisor/principal know I’ve participated?

At the conclusion of the webinar, you can print a letter documenting participation. If you complete the five-webinar series within one year, you will have the opportunity to write an implementation plan and earn 1 CEU, awarded by Cornell University, for only $10!

How do I get information on CEU credits?

Due to the requirement of 10 contact hours, you can only earn a CEU from Cornell University if you attend all five 1-hour webinars and complete a take-home activity and implementation plan within 1 year.  Information about CEUs will be provided during the webinar.  If you attend the five webinars (in any order, during any season) you should contact us via email so we can give you the details about the requirements and the implementation paper you can turn in to us. Expect to spend about 5 additional hours on these assignments. The CEU credit is completely optional and costs only $10. It is facilitated by Cornell Lab staff but provided by Cornell University School of Continuing Education.

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How do I register?

Register for each webinar at this site, selecting the date and time that work for you.

How do I attend, and what are the technical requirements?

After purchasing the webinar through our online store, you are enrolled in the webinar.  You will receive an email with directions to access the webinar as the date approaches.

You must be on a computer (you can’t participate from a tablet or smart phone). In order to hear the webinar, you must have working speakers on your computer.  Make sure you test your speakers and turn them on prior to joining.

I am having problems with WebEx, what should I do?

WebEx is the platform we use to host our webinars. If you are having technical problems connecting or with something on your own computer, contact the WebEx Help Desk directly. Phone: 1-866-229-3239 (U.S. and Canada Toll-Free) +1-408-435-7088 (International Toll) (Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for current customers only.) You can email them, but the response time for a web support ticket is 24 hours. For all urgent issues or if you need immediate assistance, such as getting into the event, call their 24×7 technical support.  They are VERY helpful, so do not delay calling them for a problem. They can help you enter the event and diagnose problems during the presentation through an International toll-free support numbers or call their technical support number here.

What if I register and can’t attend the webinar I’ve selected?

Please inform us if you discover that you cannot attend the time you selected.  If you give us a day’s notice, we can move your registration to a different session.

Will the webinars be archived?

Not at this time.  We are focusing on providing live, personal presentations to make a top quality professional development experience.

I’m a science supervisor, and this would be great for my district’s teachers! Can you conduct a series especially for my teachers as an inservice day?

Absolutely! We’d love to help your district implement our programs! We can conduct the entire series for you over the course of a day or two, and even Skype with your group to customize the experience and answer your group’s questions.  Contact us for more information!

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