Top Ten Tundra Tools for Connecting Classrooms

IMG_8588This week I am thrilled to be a part of Polar Bears International’s Tundra Connections program.  It means that I get to live on the Tundra Buggy Lodge on the shores of the Hudson Bay, observing polar bears in their native habitat!  I wish you all could be with me in person, but I’m thrilled to invite you to join us virtually.  We will be connecting with students and educators, zoos, and other organizations to share the important work being down outside of Churchill, Manitoba.  Our first webcast kicks off on Tuesday at 12pm ET.  We’ll be sharing what it’s like to come to Churchill, known as the polar bear capital of the world.  Please register and join us!

If you’d like to prepare for the experience ahead of time or engage your students after they’ve participated, here are some resources to check out.

Top Ten Tundra Tools for Connecting Classrooms

  1. Register & watch our webcasts LIVE from the Tundra all week long: http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/our-work/educational-programs/tundra-connections-schedule
  2. Lance’s list, A to Z, of websites, Discovery Education resources, and the like, to help you get started with your tundra journey http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2013/11/04/polar-bears-a-to-z/
  3. “How Do I Compare to a Polar Bear” Math Challenge: have your students solve some of our math challenges and then listen in on our “Polar Bears by the Numbers” webcast Thursday at 1pm ET https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=5EyRYZUJ%2bLFAs3cHOoRcplTj7Y87TIw3%2fO7S9oKXzWI%3d
  4. Polar Bear TV from Explore.org: the next time you have an extra few minutes take a look at what the bears are up to: http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/saveourseaice
  5. Young Scientist Challenge: Read about some of this year’s finalists, like Christopher, who designed a computer cooling device to help save the environment by reducing the consumption of electricity.
  6. PBI Bear Tracker: watch polar bears as they wait for the sea ice to form in the fall and after freeze-up, you can follow them on the ice, which they use as a platform for hunting seals http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/about-polar-bears/tracking/bear-tracker
  7. PBI YouTube Page: learn more by watching videos and learning from the experts https://www.youtube.com/user/polarbearsinternat
  8. Churchill Street View: take an interactive tour of this ecosystem anytime, anyplace thanks to Google Street View http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/churchill-canada/
  9. Project Polar Bear: challenges young leaders to develop community projects that reduce the carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/our-work/community-outreach/project-polar-bear
  10. Sign Up & receive email updates from Polar Bears International http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/news-room/subscribe or follow them on social media: Facebook Twitter or Google+

I’ll be updating and sharing photos throughout the week on Twitter via my account @ktschutt and @DiscoveyEd and @polarbears

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