While resources for teaching about many of the other environments on the planet are readily available, material suited for students on the oceans have been lacking. Educators now have information provided through remote sensing that is readily adaptable, to bring the ocean into the classroom and, in doing so, provide opportunities to engage in ocean issues. In the last decade there has also been an information revolution called the World Wide Web.
We now have the opportunity to develop new strategies for teaching and learning using the ocean resources available on the World Wide Web, including enormous amounts of data collected by satellites, to enable students to deal with real events that are occurring in real time.
The variety of websites and their potential for bringing the exciting world of exploration of the oceans onto the classroom computer is vast. These sites allow students to access data collected by leading scientific, geographic, governmental, and international agencies that have an interest in how the ocean functions, is managed and utilised.
However, while new resources are being developed by a range of agencies that allow school students to consider and use data provided by organisations like NASA, there still remains a vitally important role for the classroom teacher to interpret and facilitate the use of the information provided. This workshop has been developed to consider a number of issues as examples of what can be done using the new technologies to bring remote sensing of the oceans of the world to students on the classroom PC.
In this workshop participants will
- explore the use of remote sensing as applied to the science of oceanography
- investigate a number of ocean science issues that can be explored through the use of satellite data
- engage in oceanography investigations that could be used in classes
- investigate a range of resources for teaching about oceans