Project Dragonfly's Director of Communications & Research Jamie Anzano and Associate Director of Masters Programs Kevin Matteson provided details and responded to questions about the Global Field Program, the Advanced Inquiry Program, and Earth Expeditions in Dragonfly's first webinar. Anzano and Matteson also discussed a typical day in the field, work in our web-based learning community, and our master's degrees. Short excerpts from the full webinar are also provided below.
Published in Green Teacher
In "Conservation through Creative Writing" Advanced Inquiry Program alum Elizabeth Levinson explores conservation through writing and literature and offers educators new opportunities for building literacy skills and meeting Common Core Standards. Levinson found that "students become more engaged in writing lessons that focus on animals," which can potentially impact how students view their relationships with animals and the environment.
Published in Green Teacher
In "Little Bats: A Big Deal" Global Field Program grad and teacher Sarah Pappalardo inspires her classroom to help bats. Bats, which are important for insect control, crop pollination, and nutrient dispersal, face muiltiple threats including white-nose syndrome and climate change.
Incidence of black band disease, brown band disease, and white syndrome in branching corals on the Great Barrier Reef
Published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
In "Incidence of black band disease, brown band disease, and white syndrome in branching corals on the Great Barrier Reef" Advanced Inquiry Program student Marsha Sisney and co-authors Hays Cummins, Earth Expeditions: Australia instructor, and Chris Wolfe, longtime Dragonfly affiliate, compare the prevalence of coral disease between Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zones in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia, to determine if branching coral communities are prone to infection with black band disease, brown band disease, and white syndrome.
Published in Legacy
In "Social Shifts in Animal Interpretation" Global Field Program alum Kathi McQueen walks us through the history of captive animal management and the shifts in creating effective animal experiences.
Published in Edutopia
In "Getting Kids Outdoors with Technology" Global Field Program student and educator Samantha Betancur recommends some online, user-friendly tools -- including Journey North, Project Noah, Project Squirrel, iNaturalist, and Project FeederWatch -- that encourage students to get hands-on experience with nature.
Published in Ithaca Child
In "A Sensory Walk in Nature" Global Field Program student Lisa Scanlon encourages families to go outdoors and experience the world in new ways -- using our senses to enjoy nature. Scanlon suggests trying an "alphabet hike" or mapping your favorite areas and much more.