EDUCATION

earthOCEAN produces educational videos from the field documenting environmental issues, scientific research and conservation efforts around the globe. Our education reports are created to contribute directly to the longterm conservation of the natural world, by offering them freely for use by teachers and students.

PROGRAMS

Cetacean Investigation - Uncovering the science of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The marine environment needs the next generation to value, and recognize the complexities involved in achieving meaningful protection of the oceans.

Our challenge is to set the stage for a new and widespread appreciation of the marine environment by creating effective ways of conveying the conservation message of scientists directly to teachers and the public. We believe this can be achieved most effectively with cetaceans.

Cetacean Investigation is a science and education multimedia resource that aims to utilize cetaceans as a way to explore marine environments, to highlight the work of international researchers, and examine global conservation issues. All content is freely delivered via our online educational network earthOCEAN.tv

All content is based around developing principals of ocean literacy, while delivering a unified, solutionbased message. Each episode of Cetacean Investigation, and the supporting content derived from it, is tailored to specific issues documented in that region, and will cater to the needs and interests of that region. Each will establish the relevance of the science and its connection to the everyday lives of students, while highlighting the wider, global implications.

Transcripts, images and interactive maps displaying geographic information and range, as well as teacher's guides and information sheets about topics explored in each episode accompany short documentaries.

TEACHER'S GUIDES

Each short documentary can be downloaded for use in the classroom along with a teacher's guide to classroom activities that may be implemented across learning areas and age groups.

Teacher's guides outline activities designed and developed around the core themes explored in each short video documentary.

Lateral thinking allows activities encompassing whales and dolphins to link into a wide range of secondary curriculum areas. An awareness of other animals, particularly the study of charismatic keynote species, is crucial for students to learn about the issues involved in conservation and how the choices we make affect the world around us. Learning about the lives of other animals changes our 'world view', fosters a sense of responsibility and encourages action. The topic of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) fits most obviously into the science learning area. However, there is ample opportunity to incorporate cetaceans into the geography, English and art frameworks.

FACTSHEETS

Each short documentary can be downloaded for use in the classroom along with a fact sheet that may be implemented across learning areas and age groups.

Fact sheets include additional in depth information, behind the scenes photographs and interactive maps to compliment the documentary. Fact sheets establish the relevance of the science and its connection to the everyday lives of local people in the region, while emphasizing a global, environmental perspective. They are also an excellent starting point for researchbased activities.

VIDEO SHARING

On earthOCEAN, people can access freely, online video in FLASH or QuickTime format on this website. Download the high-resolution Cetacean Investigation PODCAST on Apple iTUNES and use it in the classroom.

Online documentaries have an infinite shelf life, and can be accessed countless times, long after their initial posting.






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