The Ocean Online: Marine STEM in the Classroom with Ocean Networks Canada

The University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) monitors Canada’s three coasts using cabled observatories to continuously deliver data in real-time for scientific research that helps communities, governments and industry make informed decisions about our future. ONC regularly engages with students at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels to educate on ocean-related topics such as hydrothermal vents, ocean warming and the hydrosphere. Using a complementary mix of science, Indigenous knowledge and place-based knowledge, these resources help students know the ocean through many different perspectives.  This presentation will introduce ONC’s online, curriculum aligned, educational resources freely available for immediate classroom use. These resources include materials such as hands-on activities, labs, instructional videos, webinars, and virtual presentations. Specifically, participants will explore sample lessons from ONC’s core program Ocean Sense. Additional online tools, such as Oceans 2.0, and SeaTube, will be explored and demonstrated for teachers wishing to create their own learning experiences from raw data. This presentation is intended for all K-12 educators;  participants will leave with example Ocean Sense lessons, ideas and resources ready for use on Monday. 

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10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

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  • Monika Pelz

    Monika  joined ONC's Learning and Community Engagement department as a K-12 Education Coordinator in the summer of 2012. She is a Teacher on Call with Saanich Schools and she brings a passion for ocean and science education to teaching and learning. Monika is deeply passionate about learning, and is always willing to try something at least once for the experience.

  • Jennifer Putland

    Dr. Jennifer Putland is a K-12 Education Coordinator within the Learning and Community Engagement team. In this role she is responsible for the development of educational resources, partnerships, and programs, as well as engagement with educators, students and the public.

    Prior to joining Ocean Networks Canada, Jennifer worked with a variety of oceanographic organizations (e.g. at Florida State University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, DFO - Institute of Ocean Sciences) studying plankton ecology in the Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Arctic, and Antarctic. She also has a background in teaching students in high school and university, and holds a Professional Certificate of Qualification to teach in British Columbia’s educational system.

    Her educational background includes a BSc in Ecology from the University of British Columbia, Diploma (Secondary Teacher Education) from the University of Victoria, MSc in Marine Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and PhD in Biological Oceanography from Florida State University.

    When Jennifer is not working at Ocean Networks Canada, she enjoys outdoor pursuits (biking, hiking, water sports, tennis, riding, and looking for new outdoor pursuits) and spending time with her family (including the furry and feathered).

  • Lauren Hudson

    Lauren Hudson joined Ocean Networks Canada as a K-12 Education Coordinator in the summer of 2019 after spending 12 years as a classroom teacher and STEM coordinator. She is a teacher with a passion for science education. We have so much to learn about our incredible oceans, and Lauren believes that exploring and connecting with the ocean are foundational experiences that will drive us to take care of our planet.