Earlier this month I attended the Science Online Teen conference here in New York City. My job was to present a session on Urban Biodiversity & Citizen science. While I came in as a moderator, I left feeling more like a teacher, student and scientist all in one. I was able to share my knowledge, learn from others and discuss the future of science learning with a talented & diverse group of people.
You can read more about our session in my How Wild is New York City? Reflections from Scioteen post on Your Wild Life’s blog.
More Information about the other presenters and conference here -> http://scienceonline.com/scienceonlineteen-look-whos-coming/
Last Thursday I traveled up to Rockefeller University to speak at SpotOn NYC’s 2nd birthday. The other presenters and I were there to explain how we use social media for our science outreach projects. These case studies would help share how scientists and educators can use tools like Twitter, Facebook, blogs, podcasts or even Instagram to communicate science.
I had 10 minutes to tell my story to the audience and all those watching on the livestream…
I first touched on the basics.
1) Using my Twitter to connect with other teachers and scientists to share ideas on how to improve science education and engage students in research.
2) Running a Facebook Page called “Your Wild Earth” that I use to post pictures and videos of engaging science facts, current events and conservation issues.
3) This blog NYC Ecology to write posts and discuss Urban Ecology & Science Education.
Yet the main social media tool I was there to speak about was my “Graduates at Work” sections on this blog. I use this page to profile graduate students in the E3B Department at Columbia University with the goal of highlighting effective conservation research. I also spoke about the need for students to read stories about young scientists – to see where they work in the field, what questions they are investigating and most importantly, what their results mean for conservation efforts.
You can read more about the event – with a summary & Storify here. Look forward to sharing the video of my talk once it’s up!