Center for Image Processing in Education
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
National Science Foundation
Today’s educators are faced with the challenge of providing engaging ways to teach science, mathematics, technology, and social studies content while preparing students to succeed in tomorrow’s world. Ocean Explorers, a new project funded by the Information Technology Experiences for Teachers and Students (ITEST) program of the National Science Foundation, will help meet that challenge.
Teeming with life and mystery, oceans provide the perfect topic for engaging students’ interest, introducing important concepts in information technology (IT), and challenging students to use IT in ways that mirror how it is employed in professional settings. Ocean Explorers is hooking southern California teachers and their students on the marine science laboratory that is right at their doorstep—Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the southern California coast.
While immersing teachers and their students in the beauty and science of their local marine environment, Ocean Explorers is introducing them to professional visualization tools—geographic information systems (GIS) and image processing and analysis (IPA)—that can be used to study the anthropology, biology, chemistry, ecology, economy, meteorology, physiography, and sociology of southern California’s coastal waters and the Pacific Ocean. Using these tools, teachers are involving their students in original research on issues of interest to their home communities: stormwater pollution, migrations of whales and other ocean life, balancing commercial uses of coastal waters with preservation of key features that make those waters special; and countless other topics.
Explore Standards and Learning
With assistance from the Ocean Explorers project, teachers are creating inquiry-based activities for their students that will help their school achieve federal, state, and local standards. Teachers are being trained and coached on how to use the Understanding by Design methodology of Wiggins and McTighe to develop projects that use targeted reading, mathematics, science, and technology standards as starting points for activities design. Online and face-to-face mentoring on instructional design, GIS, IPA, and ocean science by peers, IT professionals, and scientists is helping keep the teachers focused and on track.
Apply to Ocean Explorers
Ocean Explorers has filled its roster of participants. However, the project is accepting applications for its waiting list. Click here to go to the applications page.
Ocean Explorers is a project of the Center for Image Processing in Education (CIPE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. It is funded by the Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program of the National Science Foundation. Project collaborators include ESRI, Los Angeles Unified School District, Aquilent, WestEd, the Santa Barbara County Education Office, the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Office, and ClearOne Communications.
Steven Moore, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Jenny Vuturo-Brady, Project Director
Sam Jenkins, Senior Media Specialist
Kris Rees, Associate Director
Sandy Stoll, Business Operations Associate
Wynne Brown, Publications and Mentoring
Hedley Bond, Technical Assistance and Programming
Julie Bursek, Education Coordinator, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Laura Francis, Education Coordinator, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
Bill Beaver, Programming
Natalie Senyk, GIS Data Support and Mentoring
Sharon Goldsmith , Ph.D., Project Direct, Evaluation Research Program, WestEd
Kimberly Dailey, Research Assistant, WestEd
Carl Cornwell, Software Engineer, Aquilent
David Doty, Educational Specialist and National Educational Sales Manager, ClearOne Communications
Sara Hart, Ph.D., President, Hartcom
Carol Johansen, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Santa Barbara County Education Office
Robert Kolvoord, Ph.D., Professor in the College of Integrated Science and TechnologyJames Madison University
Charles Murphy, Technology Educator, St. Louis Public Schools
Catharine Reznicek, Technology Specialist, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Office
Cliff Rodriguez, Director, Communications Technology, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Office
Chuck Untulis, Researcher, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
KJ Walsh, Science Center Director, Los Angeles Unified School District
Ali Whitmer, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Dawn Wright, Ph.D., Professor of Geography and Oceanography, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University
Ocean Explorers is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author (developer) and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.