Discover Planet Earth – Continued

I have to say that I was just dazzled by the first three episodes of Discovery’s groundbreaking new series, Planet Earth.  Of the three, I was particularly enjoyed the Mountains episode.  The Austrian Alps are my favorite place on the planet and seeing them captured the way that Planet Earth did was breathtaking. 

During some water-cooler (well, actually, it was a photocopier, but you get the idea) chat on Monday morning with a few colleagues, we were debriefing the parts of the series we most enjoyed.  By the way, you can vote on your favorite segments online.  Being the geek I am, I was saying that the synchronized interactive event was just awesome and the online resources are fantastic.  I downloaded the Google Earth tour and was totally impressed with the integrations of articles, photos, and video.  I am so thrilled that Discovery and Google worked out a partnership. 

The science teachers were lamenting that the DVD set won’t be released until May because they are just starting their Oceanography unit and the Deep Ocean episode would have been perfect. 

That statement got us thinking about the resources available on Discovery Science Connections.  I had shared the free log-in information with these teachers since they, too, are DENers.  We decided to do a quick search for oceanography materials.  We were pleased to find hundreds of photos, graphs, charts, illustrations, and a great video all on Science Connections.  We were wondering if some of the extra footage from Planet Earth might make its way into Science Connections the way that the Discovery Atlas series integrated extra footage into the Interactive Atlas on unitedstreaming?

Anyway, on to tonight . . .

Airs Sunday, April 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Deserts are united by their lack of rain, yet they are the most varied
of our planet’s ecosystems. Go where freshwater is really precious and
meet animals that have learned to survive with small amounts of it,
such as the wild Bactrian camel of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert that eats
snow instead of drinking water or Chile’s guanacos that lick dew from
cactus spines. Experience spectacular aerial and time-lapse footage,
featuring an explosion of life and shifting sand dunes.

Airs Sunday, April 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
This episode guides viewers on a journey to the polar extremes of our
planet. Freshwater is frozen and out of reach, and coupled with numbing
temperatures, this makes life hard in frozen climes from the top to the
bottom of the world. CGI time-lapse and elapsed-time filming techniques
show Arctic ice coming and going over the centuries, and emperor
penguins settling in to breed in Antarctica.

I’m looking forward to the two episodes tonight.  I hope we get to see some more of the adorable polar bears on Ice Worlds . . . Perhaps, I’ll even Twitter a bit about the episodes.

Have any of you used any of the accompanying unitedstreaming activities or online resources for Planet Earth?  If so, please share the ways you have used these resources. 


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One Comment;

  1. Matt Monjan said:

    It really is an awesome series! But perhaps even cooler is that educators from around the country can now go behind the scenes and ask one of the BBC producers questions – like how did you film the elephants in the water without getting trampled?

    April 24 at 1 PM EST; the DEN will be hosting a webinar with Dr. Penny Allen. Penny was one of the BBC producers in the field during the filming of Planet Earth. Now she shares her experience in her latest adventure, the making of Planet Earth.

    This webinar is intended to be shared with your students, so find a projection unit, a set of speakers, and an internet connection to experience Planet Earth in your classroom. Go to the DEN National blog to register and submit your questions today!

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