SPNHC-TDWG2018 Education Share Fair

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The Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education Network (BLUE), Ecological Society of America (ESA), and iDigBio are co-sponsoring a new session at the 2018 SPNHC/TDWG meeting entitled the Educational Materials Share Fair to be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 11:00-12:30 NZST in Castle D. This is an opportunity for colleagues to share and get feedback on education or outreach materials. Materials can be at any stage of development from fledgling ideas to fully vetted materials. All are welcome to either share as developers or participate as potential adopters.

This Share Fair differs from the normal SPNHC DemoCamp in both format and focus. During the one hour time period, we will offer two rounds of up to ten developer presentations simultaneously. Each developer will be set up at a round table and be given 20 minutes to present their materials and ideas, collect feedback, and generate discussion with potential adopters and interested colleagues that join their table discussion. These are intended as informal sessions so no AV will be provided, but developers can bring a laptop and copies of any of their materials they wish to share. Depending on the number of proposals to present, we will offer up to 20 unique presentations or repeat the 10 presentations. Participants will be able to give feedback to two developers. Each table may have up to nine participants depending on the number of attendees.

The goals are to build the education and outreach community within SPNHC, facilitate development and implementation of collections-based education and outreach materials, and increase awareness and use of collections-based science. Finally, the session will provide an overview of the opportunity to publish collections-based educational materials in a special issue of ESA’s Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE).

If you are interested in presenting your material please go here to sign up where you will be asked the title of your activity, an abstract that includes a description and designation of where you are at in development, and your name and institution. Registration closes at the end of business on August 13, 2018.


Nicole Fisher (CSIRO) "Expanding Core Capability in Digitisation by Sharing of Resources: the CSIRO Collections Program for Digitisation of Collection Specimens"

Gary Motz (Indiana Geological and Water Survey) "Using 3-D Printing, Augmented Reality, and Digital Collection Viewers to Support Collections-Based Outreach in Indiana"

Julia Robinson (Hefner Museum of Natural History, Miami University) "Hanging Out in the Deciduous Forest and Tropical Cloud Forest- Developing a sense of place for early childhood"

Anna Monfils (Central Michigan University) TBD

Libby Ellwood (La Brea Tar Pits Museum) TBD

Randy Singer (Florida Museum of Natural History) "Using Deep Sea ROV video and the iDigBio portal to learn about the ocean"

Anne Basham (ExplorMor) "Bringing AI and AR Magic to the Classroom or your Outreach Event with Paper Specimens" Molly Phillips will be presenting for her.

Jeanette Pirlo (Florida Museum of Natural History) "Fossil Matrix Sorting-Hands on Place-Based Learning for all ages"

Sean Moran (Florida Museum of Natural History) "Reconstructing Megalodon’s Jaws-Intergrating 3D Technology"