Building Young Explorers: Using The Oceanscape Network In Your Classroom Or Program

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Welcome to the Oceanscape Network! This unique web-based program offers some special features and opportunities for educators whether you’re working in a public or private school, a homeschool program or an informal environment such as a 4H program, after-school program or non-profit educational facility. These materials will offer you an overview on the Network and how it functions.

What is the Oceanscape Network?

The Oceanscape Network is a web-based educational program designed to connect preteens and teens to science, nature and outdoor experiences using technology as the catalyst. Users have three unique ways to interact with the Network:

EXPLORE – Whether by geographical location or major ecosystems, users can navigate the Oregon Coast and adjacent regions, visit major landmarks, submit sightings of wild animals, or use the Global Positioning System for some high-tech exploration of outdoor areas.

EXPERIENCE – These features are designed to motivate young visitors to experience the coast and the great outdoors firsthand. From learning how to surf to getting involved with conservation projects, the Experience area of the site gives youth fun, practical ideas on how to get outdoors.

EDUCATE – Designed specifically for Oregon middle and high school teachers and students, this feature offers guided projects on scientific inquiry. A sophisticated infrastructure allows teachers to create online student communities, supervise the progress of their students’ inquiry projects, and access classroom resources ranging from videos to lesson plans. Best of all, Oregon students who complete the online program may be fulfilling a requirement for high school graduation.

What are the major goals of the Oceanscape Network?

Enable scientific inquiry.
Stimulate interest in conservation issues among young adults.
Facilitate outdoor experiences.
Provide a regional focus on the Oregon Coast.
Build a sense of stewardship toward the oceans and nature in general.

How Can I Use The Oceanscape Network In My Educational Program?

Whether you’ve already experimented with inquiry-based teaching and want to enhance your practice, or are new to the approach and want to know how to make it work, the Oceanscape Network can assist you. Watch the brief video the the right or download the Building Young Explorers guide shown below for details on how you can use the Oceanscape Network to facilitate inquiry-based learning in your program.

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Welcome to the Oceanscape Network

Learn about the features of the Oceanscape Network and how it can help you with your schooling and investigating the natural world.