Eco-Explorers Series: Stream Stroll

Join us for a splash in our creek! We’ll hunt for all of the small creatures living in our stream, and discover why they’re so important! Programs led by a CNC educator are offered every week. All children under 15 must have an adult present. We’ll be using specimens from our education collection and tools for exploration, then head to the woods to put into action what we learned.

Eco-Explorers Series: Nature Journaling

Ever think about starting a nature journal, but don’t know where to start? Join us for an introductory crash-course! We’ll talk about what to include in your journal, how to get comfortable adding detail, and why journaling can be so important! Programs led by a CNC educator are offered every week. All children under 15 must have an adult present.

Eco-Explorers Series: Tree-rific

There are so many types of cool trees at the nature center! Join us for fun activities to learn more about some of these unique trees! Programs led by a CNC educator are offered every week. All children under 15 must have an adult present. We’ll be using specimens from our education collection and tools for exploration, then head to the woods to put into action what we learned.

Eco-Explorers Series: Popular Plants

Pop on over to take a tour of some of CNC’s useful, beautiful, and weird plants! We’ll be taking a hike along the property, so make sure to bring your boots! Programs led by a CNC educator are offered every week. All children under 15 must have an adult present. We’ll be using specimens from our education collection and tools for exploration, then head to the woods to put into action what we learned.

Eco-Explorers Series: Magnificent Mammals

Come out to the Pavilion to view a variety of mammal specimens! Discover what makes mammals unique, and some of their cool adaptations that allow them to survive in the wild. Programs led by a CNC educator are offered every week. All children under 15 must have an adult present. We’ll be using specimens from our education collection and tools for exploration, then head to the woods to put into action what we learned.

Eco-Explorers Series: Gorge Hike

Join us for a hike through our stream and up the gorge! Make sure to bring shoes that have good grip and can get wet. We’ll learn about the local geology, plants, and animals that make our small gorge unique! Programs led by a CNC educator are offered every week. All children under 15 must have an adult present.

Educator Spotlight: Dodie Ainslie

NAME: Dodie Ainslie

SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION: Broome Tioga BOCES

TITLE: Technology Integration Specialist

DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE: I support teachers in two districts, Union-Endicott and Binghamton, on integrating technology to enhance student learning. Currently, I’m focusing mostly on grades 6-12. HOW DO YOU DEFINE DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP INCLUDING MEDIA LITERACY?: I feel we need to start talking about citizenship, it isn’t just about digital citizenship, but being a good citizen throughout all your environments and communities. What we do to be productive and responsible citizens we should do in our physical and virtual communities. It’s when we put them in different boxes that we get in trouble because our students then see them as different and therefore can rationalize different behaviors.

Educator Spotlight: Marissa McNamara

NAME: Marissa McNamara

Twitter: @MarissaMcNamara

SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION: Professional Learning & Innovation Center- a division of Broome-Tioga BOCES 

TITLE: Instructional Technology Specialist

DESCRIBE YOUR ROLE: I work directly with teachers and administrators providing professional learning and coaching around effective practices for leveraging instructional technology within the classroom. 

HOW DO YOU DEFINE MEDIA LITERACY?: Media literacy is the ability to identify and understand various types of media.  To be media literate is to have the ability to critically analyze the media that one consumes, allowing you to discern the message they are sending. 

WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY AROUND THIS AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU?: Media literacy is vital for our globally connected world. Students are exposed to so much media, knowing how to critically analyze and use media thoughtfully will help our students to discern what is credible and accurate in a digital world. 

WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO RESOURCES TO RECOMMEND IF PEOPLE WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA LITERACY? Here is a nice compilation of resources put together by ISTE 10 Resources to Boost Student Media Literacy. If you’d like some examples and lesson ideas, check out commonsensemedia.org. It’s free for educators to create an account!  

Here are a few accounts to follow on Twitter: @DigCitDoctors @digcitPLN 

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