Video Contest for High School Students

Planet Connect, a portal for high school students to learn more about the environment, announces the 2011 Get Green video contest.  In partnership with the Leaders of Environmental Action Films, the Get Green Video Contest is asking U.S. high school students to Show Us Your Ocean Connection.  Participating students will create a video and show us how their everyday actions impact the ocean, whether they live on the coast or a thousand miles from the sea. Winners will receive cash and other great prizes from Samsung, including the new Galaxy Tab and an HD Camcorder. Contest entries will be accepted through February 23, 2011. Visit to watch the contest promo video, or check out the contest details at

Microbiology Research Ship to Shore Video for Classrooms

We still have slots available for live ship-to-shore video conferences during Expedition 329: South Pacific Gyre Microbiology from the JOIDES Resolution! Sign up here: to request a date/time and give your students or other groups a chance to learn about microbes in the seafloor, cutting edge science, science careers, life on board a research vessel, and much more! Participants can get a live tour of the ship, see cores come up from the seafloor (if they’re lucky!), and ask questions of the scientists on board. To learn more about the expedition, click here:

Squid Dissection Video

Paul Detwiler recently produced a 9-minute video that provides marine biology teachers with an overview of a dissection of the market squid Loligo opalescens.  The video is freely available online at It is a narrated version of the video presentation shown during my workshop Ultimate Squid Dissection at the 2010 NMEA conference in Gatlinburg, TN in July. The purpose of the video is to  illustrate the squid’s external and internal anatomical structures so that teachers are confident and able to lead and assist their students in dissecting this species in the classroom.  Anyone who missed the workshop can access the presentation materials at and click on the “Schedule” link on the left side of the page, then scroll to Weds. July 21, 2:15 – 3:15 pm and click on Click here for Presentation Materials

Visual Education Conference, Maine

The University of Maine Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning (CTEL) is a proud sponsor of Diverse 2010, an international conference on innovations in visual education, July 6-8 USM Portland Campus, The three-day conference is filled with workshops on telepresence, how to use video training for teacher education, finding ways to communicate concepts of virtual performance to students with autism, using video for assessment, and even a presentation on using iPads in education (see for the full presenter list). Educators, researchers, and innovators in visual education will be particularly interested in the sessions and the Creative Concept Coffees that will provide a forum to process the ideas with your peers.The keynote speakers include Marci Powell, Chair of the Board for the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and Global Director for Higher Education and Corporate Training at Polycom, and Benjamin Hubbard, manager of webcast.berkeley at UC Berkeley.

Oil Spill Effect on Salt Marshes

In this 10-min video, Dr Irv Mendelssohn, Louisiana State University School of the Coast and Environment, describes oil impacts on salt marshes.  He describes factors that determine whether the marsh will die and factors to consider when deciding what action, if any, should be taken to decontaminate marshes.  This is a must see for anyone who would like to know how to respond when asked what the oil spill will do to salt  marshes.

Exploring the Deep Ocean Online

A consortium of academic and cultural institutions, Fathom creates and share high-quality online learning experiences, from in-depth free seminars to shorter features, interviews, and articles.  Their Exploring the Deep Ocean section includes materials from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the UK Natural History Museum, and Seminars in Marine Science and Oceanology include free multi-session courses on shark natural history and underwater bioacoustics.

Student Video Contest

The Gulf of Maine Census of Marine Life and National Ocean Science Bowl invite any and all high schools to submit a 2-minute video clip with the theme “Living on the Ocean Planet.”  Deadline:  1/25/10; for a flyer and guidelines visit NOSB.  No video camera?  Use stills from the Encyclopedia of Life or the Marine Photobank!  Meanwhile, check out last year’s winning videos.

Train a Goldfish, Then a Whale

Immersion Learning is challenging kids ages 10 to 14 to a Goldfish Training Contest.  Contestants will create a 2-minute video showing how they trained their fish to perform a unique behavior, using Marine Mammals of the Arctic Program techniques.  The top three entrants will win the chance to be a Beluga whale trainer for a day at the Mystic (CT) Aquarium in February 2010.  Check online for more information.