One of the best parts of my job is that I am actually required to search for engaging and effective online resources to share with the public. Earthguide and Earthguide Online Classroom are my latest finds. These related sites are dedicated to providing online materials for K-14 students, teachers, and the public with the goal of enhancing lifelong learning and encouraging positive action related to the management of the Earth, its living and natural resources, and society.
Earthguide offers a diverse range of resources that include image libraries, maps, videos, recent news, and more specialized information that should appeal to advanced students and researchers. The resources in Earthguide Online Classroom have special regional relevance for students, teachers, and parents living within the San Diego region and southern California, but they are certainly a source of ideas and inspirations for anyone interested in teaching or learning about ocean and earth sciences. The material is so thorough and comprehensive, you'll be tempted to spend hours and hours exploring it. The site is hosted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography in partnerships with scientists, regional educators, governmental agencies and local communities.
Among its most recent resources is a fascinating and comprehensive microsite on elephant seals, loaded with videos, audio, and interactive features. Elephant seals are among the deepest diving mammals on the planet. They ascend and descend rapidly without suffering the ill effects that human divers face. A section of the site is devoted to diving, comparing the capabilities of elephant seals to other air-breathing divers, including humans.
Image credit: NOAA
1 Feb 2012 11:37 AM