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A "Sea" of Resources on the Internet!

Education world explores a sea of Internet resources that will bring the ocean into your classroom.

It is said that scientists today know more about outer space than they know about Earth's oceans. Yet what they do know about our oceans is fascinating, mysterious, and vital to our survival. Education World explored a sea of oceanographic information available on the Internet and selected some of the best spots for you to visit. Bring your students along! Introduce them to the wonders hidden just below the surface of the sea.

Most sites provide information and activities that can be adapted for students of all ages and ability levels.

  • The New England Aquarium offers ocean lesson plans and resources for field trips. Students can learn about marine animal adaptations, explore penguins in detail, and more.
  • One site for older students, maintained by NASA, provides access to the background, status, and documentation of SeaWiFS, NASA's global ocean color monitoring mission located at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Students can learn about the SeaStar ocean-monitoring spacecraft, obtain information from an oceanographic research station, or view archival and real-time satellite images of the ocean.
  • At the Ocean Planet Exhibition site, presented by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, students of all ages can explore ocean science and resources, learn about sea plants and animals, and find out more about oceans in peril. The site also provides a variety of links to educational materials.
  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers classroom resources such as an ocean explorer guide, games and activities.
  • At Earthwatch, students can learn about projects to protect ocean resources. Ocean expeditions include sea turtles in Costa Rica, whales and dolphins in the Norwegian Arctic and much more.
  • The Franklin Institute provides resource sections including Understand the Oceans and Undersea Life.
  • At the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) site, find educator resources on oceans and marine life.

Article by Linda Starr
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Updated 04/23/2014