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Virtual Ocean Education

Bringing ocean-literacy to homes, classrooms, and communities in an accessible and engaging manner.

About our Virtual Education Workshops

Saltwater Classroom's Virtual Education Workshops are a way for students in grades 3 through 5 to learn about our planet's oceans through an innovative approach to environmental education. Through hands-on activities, immersive videos, and live-Zoom sessions, participants will explore and learn about a range of ocean science and conservation topics – all while connecting with SC educators, industry leaders, and a community of peers.

 

Saltwater Classroom has two structures for workshops: SC Core and Deep Dives. 

 

SC CORE WORKSHOPS

These workshops focus on a curriculum designed to provide a thorough understanding of our planet's oceans and marine life, as well as our human connection to the ocean. SC Core workshops are three weeks in length and like all workshops, are suitable for individual or whole class participation. 

 

More information about the SC Core Curriculum.

DEEP DIVE WORKSHOPS

Deep Dive Workshops are an opportunity for students to "dive deep" on a specific ocean topic. These workshops are shorter in length (ranging from 3-5 days) and narrower in focus. Driven by collaboration between partner organizations, Deep Dive workshops a chance for participants to learn first-hand about a species, ecosystem, or other ocean connection.

Structure and Schedule

Ocean Education Workshops with Saltwater Classroom are virtual events to join and be a part of. These workshops are geared towards students in 3rd-5th grade and are suitable for individuals, as well as entire classes. If you're a teacher and want to join as a whole class, we have some special things set up, including partner classrooms and tailored Zoom times. (Here's a little more info about Joining as a Class)

Our workshops are designed to be flexible to fit parents, teachers, and participants schedules and needs. Participants are able to work through the educational material on their own and join together for supplemental Zooms if able. 

Both SC Core and Deep Dive Workshops are shaped by learning themes, either daily or biweekly depending on whether SC Core or Deep Dive. Under each theme is a corresponding set of lessons, typically 2-4 lessons per theme for Deep Dives and 3-6 for SC Core. Participants will follow along and track their progress working through themes and lessons on a Workshop Roadmap. 

Lessons are in a range of formats including independent and hands-on activities, immersive videos, field excursions, conservation missions, and live-Zoom events. Our lessons embrace an interdisciplinary approach and incorporate science, math, language skills, art, and music. 

Workshops center around Saltwater Classroom's Online Education Portal. Students will create secure accounts here to access educational material, videos, as well as Zoom links. 

Zoom is used as a tool to facilitate connection and strengthen education. The majority of Zoom meetings have been scheduled ahead of time, however additional times will be added based on participants' individual schedules. Adults will receive a survey to help find the best Zoom times for participants and the SC Team will try to fit as many as possible. 

 

View the SC Zoom Etiquette Guide.  

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