Philippe Cousteau spoke at a local elementary school in Green Bay today to teach them about Ocean Science, the work that his grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, started and Philippe continues today. Philipe speaks to many schools and children around the US as part of his EchoEarth organization, which empowers young kids to take care of the Oceans and the environment. The interesting aspect of this story is not just the fact that Philippe spoke to another school, that in itself is extremely important. The interesting part is what Philippe was at the school to promote.
The school uses video projected from a smart board (a device that allows teachers to play multiple videos) to replace old text books and allow kids to visualize Oceans and other environments to they can watch natural processes up close and personal. Discovery Earth developed a web-based curriculum that teachers use to teach students about science and the environment. A third grade teacher says “They love it,…Every time I bring it up on the smart board they get all excited about it. And when we’re doing things like that they always say ‘don’t stop, don’t stop, show us more.” (Source)
Technology can open new ways in the way that we teach Ocean science. Students are able to receive updated science information with these tools, which allow kids to get excited by the movements and behaviour they observe while watching the videos. I haven’t seen any of these web-based classes from Discovery Earth, but I am interested in them and the type of material they cover. If anyone one has had the chance to see these modules from Discovery Earth, please let us know what you think.