Smithsonian SHOUT Environmental Education Program Adds Badges

More than 4,500 students and teachers from 18 countries, representing a diverse range of grade levels and learning environments, connected with experts and peers during the live online conference series presented this spring by the Smithsonian SHOUT environmental education program to explore water from academic and real-world perspectives.

Educators can now participate in SHOUT, a joint project of the Smithsonian, Microsoft Partners in Learning and TakingITGlobal, through the online archive of the conferences and supplemental resources student learning beyond the classroom with the new Smithsonian Badges program.

New to the SHOUT program this year is the addition of Smithsonian Badges, an online program where students earn digital badges by proving their knowledge of environmental topics and completing services activities in their community, based on content introduced in the archived SHOUT webinar sessions.

The 2011-2012 SHOUT program focuses on water issues, while the 2010-2011 program centered on land. Both webinar series and related resources can be viewed through archives on the SHOUT website that teachers and students can access anytime during the summer and new school year.