Showing posts with label Oceans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oceans. Show all posts

Sunday, March 23, 2014

How the Tides Work - Three Explanations

I'm starting to see commercials for season 10 of the Discovery Channel's popular series Deadliest Catch. Those commercials got me to watch a couple of old episodes of the show through Netflix. One of those episodes included a segment about the role of tides on the shifting arctic icepack. If you have students who watch Deadliest Catch, the following three videos could help them understand how tides work.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Visualizing Ocean Currents in Google Earth

Planet In Action is a great site that I've written about in the past because it offers some excellent simulations for use in Google Earth. The latest simulation that they've released is based on NASA's Perpetual Oceans. NASA Ocean Currents in Google Earth shows the Earth's constantly moving ocean currents. You can view the simulation using the Google Earth browser plug-in. Watch a preview in the video below.

Applications for Education
Viewing NASA Ocean Currents in Google Earth could be useful for demonstrating why certain parts of the oceans are more prone to having big storms and causing shipwrecks than others. And if you haven't looked at Planet In Action before, you might want to view their ship simulator that puts you in charge of ships on the ocean.

H/T to the Google Earth Blog.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Finding and Diving Into the Mariana Trench

The Mariana Trench is more than a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall. Filmmaker James Cameron is planning to dive to the bottom and film it. National Geographic has released a couple of preview videos about the dive. The two videos, embedded below, provide a couple of quick lessons about the deepest valley on Earth.

Sounding the Bottom is a short explanation of how sonar is used to measure depths.

The Long Way Down offers a nice visual perspective of just how deep James Cameron will be diving.

H/T to The Adventure Blog

Monday, January 2, 2012

NOAA Games for Learning About Oceans, Weather, and Wildlife

NOAA's Games Planet Arcade offers twenty-five educational games for young students. The games are intended to help students learn about oceans, wildlife, and weather. About half of the games are hosted on NOAA's website and the others are linked to PBS's, National Geographic's or the Environmental Protection Agency's websites.

I played a couple of the games and found that while they are not complex or fancy, they do offer some solid information for young students. For example, the Humpback Whale Migration game isn't much more than a board game that provides students with information about Humpback whales. As students move across the board they are stopped at spaces offering facts about the annual migrations of Humpback whales.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for some simple games to supplement a lesson on oceans, ocean wildlife, or weather, take a look at NOAA's Games Planet Arcade.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tour Ocean "Hope Spots" in Google Earth

Earlier today Google announced a new default layer for oceans in Google Earth. The new oceans layer includes hundreds of sites generated from data, images, and videos from organizations like National Geographic, NOAA, and dozens of others.

In the same announcement today, Google featured a new tour called Hope Spots in the Ocean Showcase. Hope Spots is a narrated tour of eight places around the world considered to be indicative of the health of the world's oceans and marine life. View the tour here or download it to view in Google Earth.

Applications for Education
The new and updated oceans layers and tours could be useful for anyone teaching marine biology and or oceanography. One of the things that I really like about using Google Earth and Google Maps in the classroom is that it provides a geographic context for whatever topic your students are studying.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Maps Labs - Try the Newest Options
View Glacier Melt in Google Earth
Quikmaps - Quickly Customize a Google Map

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NOAA Ocean Games

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has an online games arcade for elementary and middle school students. There are sixteen games currently on the site and NOAA is advertising for a soon to be released seventeenth game. Most of the games have an oceanic and environmental science theme. The games are formatted as scavenger hunts, puzzles, and simulations.

One of the games that I tried was the Nautical Chart Scavenger Hunt. In this game players have a list of items to find on the nautical chart. When an item is located on the chart players have to drag it on to the list.

Applications for Education
The NOAA games could be useful for introducing or reviewing a unit of study about Oceans.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Ocean of Know
Live Ocean Cams
Tour 3D Ship Models in Google Earth

Resources for Learning About the Titanic

Today is the 97th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I was reminded of this by an article that the BBC ran today. This article profiles the last Titanic survivor who was rescued from the ship when she was nine weeks old. The BBC has a number of other resources related to the Titanic including a video journey of Titanic exploration.

The Discovery Channel has a great Titanic virtual field trip called On Board the Titanic. Here is the review of the website that I wrote in March.

National Geographic XPeditions has a Titanic lesson plan designed for middle school use. The lesson plan includes the use of 3D animations of the Titanic as well as a study of ocean currents.

Snag Films hosts the National Geographic film Secrets of the Titanic. You can watch the full 53 minute film on Snag Films or snag it and embed into your website.