NBC News, Windows to the Universe
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- This video provides background information and images that act as good introduction to a discussion or learning activity about ocean acidification.
- It can be used as stand-alone or in conjunction with the related Lesson Plan.
- The lesson plan and activity are both long and involved, but provide good grade-level appropriate, hands-on experiences. It is possible to parse this activity into several shorter exercises that could be effective. The last two pages of "thought" questions can perhaps be re-purposed for tests or the like; as is, they are not an engaging way to end the lesson.
About the Content
- This video is on the NESTA Windows to the Universe website - see http://www.windows2universe.org/ but is originally from NBC Learn website - http://www.nbclearn.com/changingplanet.
- It was produced by NBC News with support from the National Science Foundation.
- Passed initial science review.
- Comments from expert scientist: Shows both lab and field approaches. Explains the questions addressed by the lab experiments.
- Shows observations of pH over time (shows the data graphically), and makes appropriate links from human actions changing atmospheric CO2, to impacts on ocean creatures, to impacts on other human activities (seafood harvesting).
About the Pedagogy
- This video is accompanied by a lesson plan developed by Windows to the Universe http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/ocean_acidification.html.
- There is a full transcript with the version of the video on the NBC Learn website -- http://www.nbclearn.com/changingplanet-- that will be helpful to visually-impaired users with screen readers.
- Additional teacher resources are available through a subscription but not on the free part of the NBC Learn website.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- This is one of 19 videos in the Changing Planet NBC Learn series (as of 7/1/11).
- The video can be viewed online but downloading requires a subscription.
- The production quality of the embedded video is low-end Youtube level.
- The associated classroom activity requires significant setup, but the necessary materials are likely to be available in most schools.