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Classroom Exploration of the Oceans: An Online Teacher Workshop Series

The National Geographic Society and NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration with support from the College of Exploration will host a nine-part virtual teacher workshop series using the excitement of ocean exploration to identify how ocean content can enhance learning in the classroom. Dr. Sylvia Earle, NGS Explorer-in-Residence, will introduce these workshops and inspire teachers on the importance of ocean education. The workshops will take place online for one week per month from April through December 2003. There is no cost to participate, and all you need is a Web browser.

Scientific experts will present keynote lectures and be available for an open dialogue. Teachers will be provided with relevant and useful information for their classrooms.

Teacher Consultants will provide first-hand experience on introducing ocean content to students, and provide a network of peers to give advice and answer questions.

Teacher resources will include access to research findings, lesson plans, links to news stories, magazine articles, video clips and Internet links to ensure that their students become ocean literate. The workshop series will introduce a wide array of topics linked to the Geographic's Ocean Atlas Teacher's Guide, NOAA's Office of Exploration lesson plans, and the new Oceans Scope and Sequence for K-12 Teachers.

The workshop series will also offer the opportunity to explore a geography focused Ocean Literacy Matrix, which links Geography standards and scope and sequence with Ocean topics, lessons plans, and resources.

Graduate credit is available. Come join this international virtual workshop series on ocean education. Early registrants will receive a CD ROM with background information and videos, The Teachers Guide to the National Geographic's Ocean Atlas, NOAA's Office of Exploration Lesson Plans and a Guide to Scope and Sequence of Geography-Focused Ocean Topics.

This virtual teacher workshop series is made possible by grants from the National Geographic Society's Geography Education Foundation and NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration. Support has also been received from NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary program.

External review and expert advice is also provided by Dr. George Matsumoto, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Ms. Lynn Whitley, Sea Grant Program, University of Southern California, Mr. Justin Kenney, Pew Foundation, Dr. Sharon Walker, J. L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Dr. Sarah Bednarz, Texas A&M and Mr. Glenn Schuster, U.S. Satellite Laboratory.

This free series will begin on April 21, 2003 to coincide with the celebration of EARTH DAY 2003. To participate, you must register at:

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