Welcome to the GoAPES Wiki Page,

A Virtual Community of Professionals who Teach Environmental Science
(Other Disciplines - Earth Science, Oceanography, Marine Biology, and Geology)

This page was created to give secondary and college level Environmental Science, Earth Science, Geology and Oceanography teachers a resource for teaching about issues related to our planet's health. Teachers are encouraged to share their ideas, activities, videos, podcasts and labs. This site is meant to be collaborative. Feel free to develop a lesson for one of the topics on this page, or another page, and post it. For more information on the lessons, links, and videos contained on this site, go to our "about" page. The map on the right displays the location of visitors to the site based on their internet protocol address. If you would like one of these for your site, visit ClusterMaps.

Join Our Collaborative Community
Come and join our GoAPES online community on Ning. We are currently building a community of teachers and professionals around the globe in order to create an online community of practice. We have created this group to promote research, discussion, global awareness, negotiation and engagement about environmental issues that affect our planet. (Ning is charging now, so we have temporairaly disabled until we can raise funds to reinstall it)

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2011 APES Reading Professional Night Presentation
Susan Postawko of the University of Oklahoma was our professional night speaker. She gave a great presentation on energy myths. The presentation provides statistics to refute student misconceptions on the use of condesent bulbs, the loss of jobs from switching from fossil fuels to green energy and others. Susan has graciously given permission for teachers to use the presentation in your classroom. You can download the presention from Slideshare.new at -

2012 APES Reading Professional Night Presentation
Paul Weihe of Central College was the Speaker. This presentation combined a short talk on wetlands, with a discussion of resources for teaching Environmental Science, then a segue into a "brainstorming session" where attendees wrote ideas on flip charts and networked. The Powerpoint slideshow and a summary Word document are here:

New Environmental Reader
Looking for something to add to your class for those students who want to learn more about a topic? I've started to post great articles from various sources that students can read and report on to the class. I've created a common question set that can be used with most of these articles. The questions follow Blooms taxonomy and promote problem-based thinking. Feel free to upload specific questions for each article. I'll try to add one article about every week. Environmental Reader

New Environmental Talk Show
Stay tuned for our new talk show on the environment. Each month from September to April we will have a speaker on the environment. These shows will focus on basic information you need to know for your APES class on that particular topic and then address a specfic topic currently being researched by one of our speakers. The show will air on Wednesday evening at 8 pm EST. Each show will be recorded and archived on the site .

See What Others are Doing
We are always looking for others to join us. If you have a wiki, blog, or website of your own that relates to teaching environmental science and would like to link it to our page, click on the "others" page in the navigation bar and add your information.

Blog With Us
This blog gives students an opportunity to weigh in on environmental issues. About every 7-10 days a set of free-response questions are provided on an environmental issue. Many teachers are using these questions to prepare students for the national environmental science exam. Blogging allows participants to see other students' responses and to discuss with their peers about how they can improve their answers. Please join the Walker School and other participant schools in this peer review process.