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New Ocean Portal

The National Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with more than 20 partner organizations, invites you to preview and give feedback on the Ocean Portal. The portal is a new educational tool designed to transport visitors to the coastline, the open water, and the deep ocean through rich, interactive Web content. The site is still a work in progress, and we’re looking for your input to fine-tune it before we launch it publicly.

The portal combines informational articles, lesson plans, and classroom resources with multi-media features such as slideshows, video clips, and flash animation to help bring the ocean to life. As you explore the site, you will also see that topic-specific educational resources appear in context alongside each species, ecosystem, and science page. The site is also multidisciplinary, highlighting not only science but human and cultural connections as well. Dive in and explore.

Share your thoughts by leaving comments or using the feedback form in the upper right-hand corner of each page. You may also email your comments to ocean@si.edu or connect with the Ocean Portal on Twitter and Facebook.

Lecture by Smithsonian Author on Our Connection to the Sea

Deborah Cramer, author of  Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World, the companion volume to the new Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, will explore the ways the sea is essential to all of us at the next Falmouth Forum Friday, November 6 at 7:30PM in the MBL’s (Marine Biological Laboratory’s) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole.  Ms. Cramer’s lecture, titled Our Water Our World, is sponsored by the MBL Associates and is free and open to the public.
full lecture descriptions

Teacher Survey from Smithsonian Ocean Portal

The Smithsonian Museum of National History’s Sant Ocean Hall has been working on the development of The Ocean Portal, an online  resource dedicated to scientific information about the ocean. A portion of The Ocean Portal site will serve as a resource where K-12 educators can visit for assistance in developing curricula about ocean related topics.  To ensure the development of a useful tool,  educators who teach life and earth sciences are being recruited to take an online survey on how they use teachers’ resources on the Internet.  The survey should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and is available now through September 4th. Take the survey

Help develop this important tool!