Webinar: Why is "If it can't be grown, it must be mined" important in your ESS classroom?

Click to view or download the webinar recording (MP4 Video 241.8MB Feb11 22).

Thursday, March 17, 2022

1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Registration Deadline has passed.


Scott Brande, University of Alabama Birmingham


Webinar Description:

Teaching about minerals is an integral topic within the NGSS-ESS. How do you approach the importance of minerals in your classroom? Do you focus on mineral uses supporting society today? Minerals as natural resources? Integrate a quantitative twist? Through a sustainability lens? Or does teaching mineral identification without physical specimens seem an impossible task?

The website "Mineral ID: A practical online study guide" is filled with digital resources and classroom-ready activities for teaching mineral identification and much more. It became a lifeline for many teachers during the pandemic and the website continues as a supplementary resource helping teachers returning to the classroom. Access to the website is free, without registration, and deployable to a wide variety of student devices, from cellphones to Chromebooks and laptops.


During the webinar you will:

  • Be introduced to the resources and activities available on the website
  • View examples of online digital media available for teaching and learning mineral identification
  • Receive instructions for accessing the website and an answer key to unknown samples
  • Share needs and concerns about teaching mineral identification remotely or face-to-face


Duration: 1 hour
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The webinar will be recorded.
Accessing the Webinar: Instructions for joining the webinar will be email to participants the day before the event. Learn more about accessing the webinar.
Questions? Please contact Bradlee Cotton (bcotton@carleton.edu) if you have any questions about this event.

Webinar Organizers:

Aida Awad (NAGT)
Edward Robeck (American Geosciences Institute)
Missy Holzer (NESTA)
Bradlee Cotton (SERC, National Association of Geoscience Teachers)

With the NGSS Earth and Space Science Working Group