WK 25 - ARKive.org: Using Audiovisuals to Promote Endangered Species Protection, Conservation and Education--FREE

Monday, August 8, 2011: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
14, Austin Convention Center
Organizer: Liana Vitali
Speaker: Liana Vitali
Powerful wildlife imagery is an emotive and effective means of building ecological awareness and engagement and quick and easy access to this imagery is essential in the digital mass communications society we live in today. ARKive, often called the Noah’s Ark of the internet, is a unique global initiative gathering films, photographs and audio recordings of the world’s threatened species into one centralized digital library. Our media researchers and staff biologists are creating comprehensive and enduring multimedia species profiles; complementing other species information datasets, and making a key resource available for scientists, conservationists, educators and the general public. These important audio-visual records are being preserved and maintained for the benefit of future generations and are made freely available via the ARKive website, www.arkive.org. After an introduction to its history and tips on searching the ARKive collection, participants will view clips of wildlife and ecological films illustrating examples of earth stewardship. Participants will also learn how to contribute their work and expertise to ARKive and be given a tutorial exploring ARKive Education, a portal to lesson plans, activities and games promoting conservation education. After the tutorial, participants will then split into two groups each learning an ARKive lesson plan and then practice facilitating their lesson plans on each other. By the end of the session, participants will have learned about ARKive, how to contribute imagery, how to navigate the site and how to utilize ARKive education resources in the classroom and beyond.
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