Pocatello adventure learning

Teachers work with Idaho State University researchers and other experts to study the implications of climate change and urban/rural development on water quality and quantity, pollination services, and recreation across geographical, socio-cultural, economical, political, and ecological domains.

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Final Exam

Jay Millan • Jun 19, 2017

Pocatello MILES Adventure Learning- Professional Development Workshop Final Assignment

Planning for integrating Social-Ecological Systems and Ecosystem Services concepts into your courses during the School Year 2017-2018. If you are an administrator, be creative and describe how you will... more

2017 Digital Stories! (AL@Pocatello)

Carolyn Macek • Jun 13, 2017

I wanted to share the links to this year's Adventure Learners' digital stories, for everyone to enjoy, and so that we had examples collected in one place for you all to share with your students this year. 

Great job, everyone! These turned out wonderfully!

Final Workshop Assignment - Is this where we submit it?

Michelle Carlson • Jun 12, 2017

I'm not clear on where to submit the final assignment, so I'm submitting it to the blog.  Hopefully this is satisfactory, but if not, please let me know! :)

It was fun looking at so many of the great pictures and learning opportunities gained by the folks, especially in the live session... more

Sorry I missed this

Jay Millan • Jun 10, 2017

Sitting in New York on my mom's laptop looking at pics and reading everyone's blogs has made mekind of jealous.  I wish I had been accepted intothe actual class and not the digilearning version.  Much of what you folks have participated in this week reminds me of something I was able to get... more

River Renovation

Jay Millan • Jun 10, 2017

I am totally unfamiliar with the Portneuf River in Pocatello but I am familiar with theGreen Belt In Idaho Falls and the river Park in Shelley.  Both of them are geared to individuals who just wanta walk, run or bike ride. A different activity that these two areas as well as a renovated park... more


Digital Storytelling

Image icon An example of a storyboard, an important part of planning a digital story

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Added by: Kelsey Robson

Stories make a frequent appearance in our everyday lives, but are much less prevalent in the classroom. These resources will help you change that. Here you can learn more about the power of stories, the digital storytelling approach, and how to bring storytelling into your classroom...

1. An excellent Youtube channel called Future of Storytelling: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxANyRzvWuk9A5r71joGNNg

    These two videos are particularly informative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHeqQAKHh3M


2. If you're interested in understanding why stories are so compelling, and learning about the scientific evidence for our "attraction," read Jonathan Gottschall's book THE STORYTELLING ANIMAL.

3. If you're a science teacher, Randy Olson's book HOUSTON WE HAVE A NARRATIVE is an excellent read about why narrative is so important to science communication (whether that means teaching about science, or talking to the public about different issues).

4. Where did the digital storytelling movement begin? In California, with the Center for Digital Storytelling (now called StoryCenter). Visit their website at https://www.storycenter.org/. You can register for an educator workshop-which I highly recommend! The workshops aren't cheap, but StoryCenter offers a scholarships that's worth applying for.

5. Several files are attached that will help you implement digital storytelling in the classroom. There are two example assignments (including rubrics), and a sample storyboard.

6. I have taken digital storytelling into 2 middle school and 2 high school classrooms in southeast Idaho. If you want to use this wonderful tool in your own classroom, please don't hesitate to contact me for advice and support. I have many more resources I can share with you! 

Email: robskels@isu.edu 

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Lesson Plans

Watershed Intro and Tour Slides

File Watershed_HUC_tour.pptx

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Added by: Matt P

These are two very simple files of photos.  Both of these files are Moscow / Palouse specific, however, they should give you an idea of what I try to do when laying the foundations to the bigger picture of your place in the water budget. 

"water shed pictures" are the slides I use when I introduce watersheds on a global to local level and HUC numbers.

"watershed huc tour" are the slides I use for the watershed tour. 

Topic: Water Flow & Energy, Water Quantity/Budget