Celebrate World Oceans Day 2017
World Oceans Day 2017 is right around the corner, coming up on June 8th. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your students to explore and learn more about the oceans and the creatures that inhabit them. The theme of this year's World Oceans Day is "OUR OCEANS, OUR FUTURE", with the main conservation focus on plastic pollution prevention and cleaning the ocean of marine litter. Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants has lined up some excellent Google Hangouts with marine biologists, explorers and institutions around the world. The hangouts will take place on June 8th-between 8 am and 4 pm EST, lasting 20-30 minutes each. There are more being added all the time and if you act quickly, you may snag a camera spot. Remember these are streamed live on YouTube, so you and your class can simply watch them live or check back later for the recordings, if the times don't work for you. Snag one with the Google Form or an email: email@example.com
Check out the wonderful resources on World Ocean Day 2017 from the Octonauts. www.worldoceansday.org/octonauts and so much more... plastic pollution, media, etc. http://www.worldoceansday.org/resources
Spongelabs has put together a nice selection of resources for World Oceans Day. You can access the lesson with all the media resources here. Click on the lesson and the media listings will be on the left side.
The United Nations is also celebrating World Oceans Day by connecting it to the celebration of the Ocean Conference to be held from 5 to 9 June in United Nations headquarters in New York. You can check out even more resources here.
EdTech Team has a great pdf with 8 ways to celebrate World Oceans Day. You can read more about it on their blog here, and download the pdf here. One of the very cool exhibits to visit is the Ozeaneum. This is a display on the Google Cultural Institute site. Ozeaneum shows off the exhibit of rare original animals and plants.
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Follow the hashtag #worldoceansday to find many other great resources.
Upcoming Free PD
This week brings some great free resources your way with a webinar from CAST on UDL:
UDL Stories from the Field http://castprofessionallearning.org/free-udl-webinars/ Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST.
EdTechTeam is sponsoring a live webinar on Tuesday May 6, featuring the new Google Earth
LIVE Webinar LINK
Google Earth News
Many of you have probably heard/read about the great new changes in Google Earth. It is now accessible online- like on chromebooks. I have not tried this at school with a class of students and have no notion of how the bandwidth holds up. But it is good news. You can get the gist from EdTechTeam's blog post here. I wanted to share a couple of the blog posts and videos that have been posted about this change and that you may find helpful.
First- Richard Byrne's video overview
One thing that Richard notes is that it is hard to create tours in the new online version- but he followed that up today with a blog post about GE Teach Tour "a free tool that you and your students can use to create tours to play in the new web version of Google Earth." See his full informative post here.
Google Lit Trips on Chrome: Another interesting post about using the new Google Earth came from Eric Curts. Eric will explain in detail in the video below and in a great step by step tutorial on his site- how you can now use Google Lit Trips on chromebooks. Check it out below and be sure to vist Control, Alt, Achieve to get the full picture.
You have to try Voyager!
This is the coolest thing I have seen in awhile. Remember way back when you could find your house on Google Earth? You thought that was cool, right? Bet you spent a lot of time just spinning the globe around, checking things out. Voyager is way cooler. They have created these fantastic lessons- cooler than lit trips (sorry). Before you click on the links- know that you will be sucked in, so get your "work" done first. But, as you immerse yourself in Voyager, imagine what you can do with this tool with students, what they can do... It is really fantastic. Check them out here. Here is the NY Times article about it.
Solar Eclipse Resources
I attended an excellent webinar from WGBH Education on the upcoming solar eclipse. This will not be an total eclipse for us, and it will be just before school starts up again. So, if you are interested, you will need to plan ahead. PBS Learning Media has you covered with a solar eclipse toolkit
You can get more information here.