Thinking about incorporating the ocean into your classroom? Not sure where and how to start? You’ve come to the right place!
The ocean is a fantastic way to explore the entire curriculum, even if it’s not right outside your door. In the words of Fabien Cousteau: “No matter how remote we feel we are from the oceans, every act each one of us takes in our everyday lives affects our planet’s water cycle and in return affects us.” Teaching ocean science is far more than water experiments, it’s a way to ensure the future and health of our planet. The ocean is fundamentally involved in weather and earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, social studies, human rights, and even math and writing! The best part is you never have to go about teaching the ocean alone. Researchers, scientists, grad students, other teachers and educators are all here to help you bring the ocean into your classroom and to engage your students in the future of the ocean.
Ocean Networks Canada and its partners are proud to bring you opportunities, resources and lessons to help you start bringing the ocean into your classroom. Not entirely sure what you are looking for or which ideas fit? Drop us a line and we'll be happy to help you.
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Classroom Visits & Virtual Visits
Our facilitators have done many classroom visits and are experienced working with students from K-12 in many different aspects of marine science. Through presentations and workshops, we’ve worked one-on-one with classrooms to make marine science come alive. If a physical visit isn’t possible for your classroom, Ocean Networks Canada supports virtual classroom visits with our educators on board our research and maintenance cruises. Classrooms of all ages connect with our onboard educators via satellite and Skype to have a truly unique classroom visit, without permission forms! Contact us here.
Educators and high school students are welcome to apply to participate in Ocean Networks Canada annual Ocean Science Symposium. Educators and students participate in workshops, work with grad students and experience activities, hands-on lessons and problem-based learning among the different disciplines of ocean science. Teachers spend half of the symposium working directly with their students and the other half participating in specialist workshops to develop marine science lessons in their own classroom.
Teachers at Sea
Educators can join our Ship2Shore marine educators program and experience life as a researcher on board one of our vessels.
Need a great ocean lesson? Want to incorporate more marine science into your classroom but aren’t sure how? Check out our current resources to find links to lessons, tutorials, videos, and images.
Conferences, Events and Workshops
We want to connect with you! Ocean Networks Canada regularly hosts booths and workshops at various professional development events and conferences each year, across Canada and the United States. We have been at several conferences including those for the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO), Tapestry, and Alberta Teachers Association, and we would love to come to you! If you are coordinating an event for your school or district and would like an ocean presentation, please contact us. Our facilitators have worked with teachers, grad students, undergraduates, and K-12 students and would be excited to facilitate a workshop or presentation for your group.
Post-Secondary Educators and Students
The Learning Team supports instructors wishing to incorporate ONC observatory data into their classes by creating custom resources ranging from prepackaged data sets and lab exercises to full courses. Our team works with instructors across Canada, and beyond, who teach in various departments including Biology, Geography, Oceanography, and Statistics.
We also support access to and use of ONC observatory data via tailored Oceans 2.0 tutorials and data tools workshops.
Learning Team staff can assist students in the use of ONC observatory data for research projects and class assignments, and we also provide student opportunities such as an annual research derby, an award program to fund travel to national and international symposia, and employment opportunities.
For more information on any of these topics, please contact Dave Riddell, Post-Eecondary Education Coordinator.
Let’s Talk Science Lending Library
Ocean Networks Canada is pleased to promote its partnership with Let’s Talk Science and their Marine Science Kit extensions. Let’s Talk Science uses a network of volunteers at universities across Canada to deliver in-class workshops for K-12 classrooms, free of charge. Educators interested in hosting in-class workshops can contact Let’s Talk Science to arrange a classroom presentation with a marine science theme. Currently available resources with a marine theme include the Budding Marine Biologist kit (for grade K-3 students), Wonders of Weather (for grade 4–6 students) and Tectonic Rocks (for grade 7–9 students).