Idea Bank: Monitoring the Oceans from the Classroomby: Christopher J. Petrone and Lisa Ayers Lawrence

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Major disasters such as the tsunami of 2004 and hurricanes of 2005 have emphasized the need for an organized global network of ocean observing systems. As a result, Observing System Education has been identified as one of three National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) education priority areas. Data captured in real-time, especially ocean data, serve as an excellent vehicle for interdisciplinary, inquiry-based education. This article discusses the importance of ocean observation in the classroom and presents activities from The Bridge Ocean Sciences Resource Center, an online resource center funded by NOAA and the National Sea Grant Program. This site facilitates incorporation of ocean observing data into the K-14 classroom and helps build direct connections between ocean sciences and students.

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  • on Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:36 AM

Using real time data brings the 21st century into your classroom. Oceans.US integrates two other sources of ocean information into a structure that can provide full access to ocean observing data to scientists, educators and the general public regardless where you are in the world. The authors also talks about the Bridge Ocean Sciences Resource Center that makes suggestions for integrating observing system data products into the classroom. The article briefly features a few oceans observing system data for the read to look at. This seems like a win-win situation but the learner might experience a sharper learning curve the first time the data is used with students.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:16 PM

Bring the real world into your classroom by using real-time oceanographic data. The use of real-time data lends itself to multidisciplinary inquiry-based instruction. This article describes in detail the Bridge Ocean Science Research Center and the classroom ready data analysis teaching activities (DATAs) hosted on the site. DATAs make integrating real-time data into the classroom easy for teachers. Each lesson is thorough, providing links to data sources, data tables for students, and analysis questions. The DATAs are so simple that you can plan a lesson today and implement it tomorrow. Although most activities are geared for high school students, there are some activities which will be appropriate for younger students. While it may be difficult to bring your students to the ocean, the use of DATAs will make it easy to bring the ocean to your students.

Patty M
Patty M

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