NOAA Ocean Service Education
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- If students do not have access to the Internet, educator can download copies of materials cited under “Learning Procedure” and provide copies of these materials to students.
- Students read about human impacts on coral in the tutorial. Educators will need to reinforce this concept in the discussion after the data collection activity.
- There is a complementary and overlapping activity at: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/corals/lessons/coral_bleach.html. It uses the same material and asks students to demonstrate their understanding of coral bleaching through writing and public presentation.
- Activity is linked to Ocean Literacy Essential Principles.
About the Science
- Gives thorough coverage of the science in the background section.
- Includes a section on mitigation strategies.
- Comment from scientist: This is as extremely comprehensive set set of tools to enhance a variety of lessons on both coral reef ecology and about the technology used to do remote sensing.
- Comment from scientist: The activity doesn't introduce the scientific process of how to pose a hypothesis or how to design an experiment. This is very much an advanced tool for those that already know the scientific method.
About the Pedagogy
- Opportunities for students to work in teams to gather evidence and draw conclusions.
- Because the material is extensive, it is well suited for adaptation for a variety of students' learning needs.
- Clear student instructions and educator background section.
- The tutorials are interactive and engaging.
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