Live from Antarctica 2

is an integrated multimedia project, which uses

on-line resources


print materials


live interactive video
and tape


Each medium is used to contribute what it does best. Participants in previous Passport to Knowledge projects report their students benefited most when all three components were used in complementary ways. However, flexibility in local implementation strategies and a wide range of choices are also hallmarks of every PTK Module.


The Internet breaks down the walls of the classroom and brings the world and world-class researchers to any school, any place, any time.



This Guide and associated print materials provide all an educator needs to implement this unique learning experience successfully in a science class, or interdisciplinary team teaching environment. The Guide (also accessible on-line) provides a teacher-friendly, easy-to-use introduction to the entire project, and is co-packaged with copy masters of Student Worksheets and other Blackline Masters to support the Activities, an original full-color poster and various NSF publications designed to enhance the sense of taking an actual field trip to Antarctica.


social studies

language arts




Television provides the sights and sounds, the people, places and processes which set a living context around the text.

Teachers rate the live component of the Live From...videos highly, although most teachers use them on tape: there's no contradiction. The excitement of the original live interactions is maintained while teachers gain flexibility by using the video on tapes.

How the Components work together -- an example

Activity 3.2 "The effects of UV Radiation on Plant Growth" invites students to undertake experiments which directly parallel what researcher Tad Day will be doing, on camera, at Stepping Stones Island during Program 3. Tad has worked with LFA 2 to create this Activity. His biography and field work notes can be read on-line, where you can also find references to his other publications on plants and UV-B. The combination of TV, the printed hands-on Activities and on-line resources should make your students truly feel as if they were "co-investigators" with a scientist engaged in significant research in the real world. And if you have questions about how best to implement the Activity, or have stories to share about your students' successes or failures, you can post messages to discuss-lfa and connect with fellow teachers geographically dispersed across the nation, and even across the planet.

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