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For participation in this online workshop and completing the requirements below, educators can earn ONE GRADUATE CREDIT - through University of California at Fullerton.

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Course Title: Oceans for Life Crittercam Course 

Course Description: Educator participants interact online with research scientists who are using NGS Critter Cam to study sharks, sea turtles, seals, etc.  Participants will learn how this unique technology is helping scientists understand foraging habitats, patterns of movement and conservation applications. Classroom application of topics is emphasized.

Overview: The workshop is open to all teachers looking for a way to bring the wonder of the world's oceans to their students.  Teacher resources will include access to research findings, lesson plans, links to news stories, magazine articles, video clips, and Internet links. In addition, all participants will receive a Crittercam: Oceans for Life CD ROM which includes a half-hour "interactive" film highlighting Crittercam research.  The CD ROM showcases breakthrough technology that allows users to click on what they see in order to access additional content, pictures and video.

Two well-known scientists who use Crittercam in their research will "present" keynote lectures and be available for open dialogue with all participants 

Lead instructors: Francesca Cava and Lynn Whitley

Francesca Cava                  
Ocean Literacy Program Manager
National Geographic Society
735 State Street, Suite 617
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
Phone: 805-963-3238
Fax:     805-963-2438
Cell:      805-218-8933

Lynn Whitley
Education Program Coordinator
Sea Grant Program,
University of Southern California, AHF 209
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0373
 Phone: 213-740-1964
Fax: 213-740-5936

Week One: November 8-14, 2004
Key note presentation: Frank Parrish, Ph.D., specializes in habitat ecology and has published papers on lobsters, bottom fish, reef fish, deepwater corals and most recently the Hawaiian monk seal. In these studies he employs a range of tools including mixed gas diving, submarines and, since 1995, Crittercam.  Dr. Parrish will discuss his research and his role in the race to identify the critical foraging habitat of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Dr. Parrish will be online for sessions throughout the week to work with participants. 

Week Two November 15-19, 2004
As the Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Science at Drexel University, Dr. Jim Spotila has over 100 scientific publications on the physical ecology of vertebrate animals.  He has conducted research in Costa Rica since 1978 on sea turtles.  Since 1990 he has studied leatherbacks at Las Baulas National Park on the Pacific coast working with local communities and government authorities to conserve this species. Dr. Spotila will discuss his research and use of Crittercam in his studies and interact online with teachers throughout the week in discussion and question /answer sessions.. 

Breakout Discussion Sessions
In addition to interacting with keynote speakers, throughout the online course, participants will also be able to participate online in the discussion sessions, which will be lead by a team of experts. These discussion sections will focus on Teacher Resource and Activities with special breakout sessions for elementary, middle school and high school teachers on each topic

1. Read and Participate in all sessions. Join and read each of the keynotes sessions. Attendance will be verified using the monitoring feature of our Caucus software.
   -Read the presentatioins, and ask questions: 2 hours per week
   -Do a Keynote related activity: 2 hours 

2. Participate in breakout session(s).
   -Dialogue with other teachers/break out sessions: 2  hours per week
   -Explore web links: 1.5 hour per week 

3. Answer the question for the week in the graduate credit room, the question will relate to the Keynote topic. 

4. Demonstrate intended or actual classroom applications, by filling in a form that describes: A suggested lesson plan showing how to use the materials in the classroom;

5. Provide feedback on the conference Crittercam CDROM and its utility in the classroom. If possible, survey students on their use and understanding of the CDROM.  Respond to online questions regarding the CD.

6. Complete the Workshop Evaluation. The survey will be posted online and will include questions about the participants' individual learning as well as the workshop format, structure, and content. 

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Instructor to ascertain that all requirements have been met as stated above

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