Chilling with Nanuq: A polar bear perspective

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Are your students studying about polar bears, the tundra, global warming, our environment or Arctic animals. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you will want to visit Andy McKiel’s blog called “Chilling with Nanuq” found at: http://www.chillingwithnanuq.com. Andy, who many readers know is the K-12 Curriculum Coordinator for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division, has been afforded the rare opportunity to study Churchill polar bears “up close and personal”.

Through a unique partnership between Edmodo and Polar Bears International, Andy was asked to join a team in Churchill, Manitoba to study polar bears. Andy’s task is to help facilitate three days of live webcasts and to share his thoughts and photos of polar bear life in the North with the educational community world-wide. The information shared will be of interest to students in Grades 4-8. I encourage students and educators to visit “Chilling with Nanuq” and to follow Andy’s journey starting at the bottom of the page with his first post on Sunday, October 30, 2011. Not only are Andy’s posts informative but the photos that he has included, help us visualize what it is like to live in the tundra and the plight of our polar bears.

LUNCH & LEARN – MONDAY, Nov. 14th to WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16th
Andy will be working with a panel of world-renown scientists and researchers including the following:

  • John Bruno (Associate Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina)
  • Kassie Siegel (Climate Law Institute Director, Center for Biological Diversity)
  • Greg Thiemann (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, York University)
  • Don Moore (Associate Director of Animal Care, Smithsonian National Zoo)

Teachers will want to either logon using Edmodo or visit the “Video” section of Andy’s blog to view the following Tundra Connections live streaming video webinars that are being shared over the lunch hours during the next three days:

  • Monday, Nov. 14 – 12:00 noon CST or 1:00 pm EST
    TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD – A LOOK AT THE ARCTIC AND ITS BIODIVERSITY
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 – 12:00 noon CST or 1:00 pm EST
    NANUQ – THE GREAT WHITE BEAR
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15 – 12:00 noon CST or 1:00 pm EST
    POLAR DETECTIVES – DISCOVERING WAYS TO HELP POLAR BEARS
    AND TO LIVE IN A SUSTAINABLE PLANET

Specific details about each day’s webinar contents can be found on the Edmodo web page titled “Event Details for Tundra Connections Global Webcast – Register Now“.

Those educators, who are utilizing Twitter to share information, can follow Andy’s (@amckiel) “tweets” by filtering using the hashtag #nanuq. Furthermore, Andy has indicated that if there are any questions that you or your students might have about polar bears, one may send a “tweet” to Andy (@amckiel) and he’ll do his best to answer it through the webinar or via Twitter.

Teachers are encouraged to invite students into their classroom over lunch tomorrow. Make sure that you have your video projector connected to a single computer that can accommodate the live stream video and turn up the speakers at noon tomorrow. I know that you and your students can’t “bear” the thought of missing out on this unique educational learning experience.

Take care & keep smiling :-)

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2 Responses to “Chilling with Nanuq: A polar bear perspective”

  1. Andy McKiel Says:

    Thanks for this post, Brian, and for following this adventure so closely yourself. We’re really looking forward to the many video conferences and webcasts that we’ll be hosting over the next few days as this is such an incredible opportunity for us to provide a window into the world of the polar bear for teachers and students who can’t get here themselves.

    Working with this group of dedicated people has been an incredible experience already, but the best is yet to come :-)

  2. admin Says:

    AWESOME ADVENTURE Andy … Your images, videos and commentary on your Chillingwithnanuq.com web site are a powerful resource for students and staff. One of your many strengths is your ability to post your educational experiences online so that others can benefit both now and in the future. A real legacy of a real teacher!

    Take care & keep smiling :-) Brian

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