Resource Education Staff Leads Distance Learning Classrooms
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Group picture of teacher workshop participants standing in front of snowy woods.
Participants learned about weather and technology during a Teacher Workshop held in the park.
NPS Photo

Quick Facts

GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
Live and Learn
Also Promotes:
Go Digital
States:
North Carolina, Tennessee
Year Accomplished:
2013

Park Resource Education staff hosted  teacher workshops for 24 local teachers and over 2,000 students in March supported by Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a Verizon grant.  The workshops, focusing on Weather and Technology, included demonstrations using distance learning tools and techniques from Rangers at Yosemite National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, and the Stephen T. Mather Training Center in Harpers Ferry, WV. The workshops also focused on technology resources for the classroom, including hands-on demonstrations of software and apps that might enhance classroom learning.  In addition, representatives from the National Weather Service in Morristown, TN and Greenville-Spartanburg, NC gave presentations on general meteorology, weather and climate in the Smokies, and information about available teacher resources.  Teachers were very appreciative and passed along several compliments in their evaluations including:  "One of the most beneficial workshops that I have attended" and" Wonderful day! I love our National Park System! Thank you for supporting the public school system with all of the wonderful resources and programs!" Besides providing opportunities for teachers to learn about resources that will help them reach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) requirements, these workshops also targeted park goals of reaching Call to Action Items 16 (Live & Learn) and 17 (Go Digital).