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Climate Change and Coral Reefs - Classroom Resources Available

Climate Change and Coral Reefs Classroom Resources - hosted by Dr. Kiki Sanford
Climate Change and Coral Reefs Classroom Resources - featuring Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

September 1, 2010

Rising sea temperatures are pushing the world's coral reefs to the edge of extinction. The growing damage is an early warning of the danger CO2 emissions pose to the world's oceans and other ecosystems. These rich, sensitive ecosystems are vital to the survival of one-quarter of all sea life and the economies of many countries.

Created in collaboration with Education Services Australia, Specialty Studios and Plankton Productions, a comprehensive new classroom resource kit is an ideal tool for teaching about the science of climate change, its impact on our oceans, and how coral reef ecosystems work.

Hosted by Dr Kiki Sanford and featuring Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the video modules and guide materials are aligned with curriculum standards for education in science and are now available on Australian and NZ online education portals and also on DVD in North America.

A Comprehensive Classroom Resource Including Video Modules, Teacher's Guide, Student Templates and Other Resources

With its video modules and guide, Climate Change and Coral Reefs is designed to optimize student learning and engagement. It encourages student to research, discuss and create presentations to learn more about the issues involved and discover possible solutions to this serious environmental challenge.

The DVD includes:

Four 8-minute video modules hosted by Dr. Kiki Sanford.

The modules feature Dr. Sanford and excerpts from a presentation by Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg:

  • Introduction to Climate Change and Coral Reefs
  • Coral Bleaching
  • Ocean Acidification
  • The Future of Coral Reefs.

A full 28-minute presentation by Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.

Details his scientific findings about the impact of climate change on coral reefs, with charts, graphs and other visuals.

A Detailed Teacher's Guide.

Featuring an innovative group discussion format (Climate Cafe), templates for team-based investigations and presentations, a glossary, Science magazine reprints, and a comprehensive list of other resources and links (on the DVD-ROM section).

Visual Resources for Student Presentations.

Video clips, animations and other resources (on the DVD-ROM section).

Australian & NZ teachers, students and institutions can find and view the video modules via their State and Territory online education web portals. Access details are listed here:

The classroom resource DVD package is available in North America through The Video Project here:

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