The @School curriculum is currently work in progress. We have linked with a group of schools throughout the US working together with leading educators and scientists to incorporate our Virtual Reef Technology and our Virtual Surveys activities into a compelling Middle and High School curriculum in marine science and coral reef ecology.
Our curriculum project based. Using this web site, the virtual reefand our knowledge base, classrooms can engage in virtual surveys modeled after real-life scientific research. They can draw conclusions and publish their results for peer review, all on our web site. They can collaborate within the class-room or with kids all over the world. And they can receive mentoring form leading scientists. The project-based approach is designed to not only convey fundamental marine biology and marine science but more importantly to engage students into critical thinking. We beleive that by becoming critical thinkers and learning how to use fact-based approaches to reach conclusions our students can develop a better approach to science than traditional fact memorization approaches.
Borrowing form the latest educational science, we have created all activities and curriculum modules to be "spiraling". This means that different grades can engage in the same activities or lesson plans, at different, age-appropriate, levels of depths. Each capsule is marked with ADVANCED tracks typically for 11-12 grade, while the other material is age appropriate for 7-10th. Each module is aligned to National Science Education Standards with additional grade specific options.
Our curriculum is created with the notion that students can also engage in actual scientific survey work in support of actual research. The virtual surveys that are part of our curriculum are training for actual survey work ongoing at the actual sites. Our students can become citizen scientists and can make a difference to their local environments while supporting scientific research.
Schools, classrooms, students, educators and scientists are all part of the ReefQuest community and our curriculum is constantly being expanded by their contributions. Students are thought to present, publish and extend the knowledge base using the social media features of the ReefQuest web site.
We are including teacher's guides in all our curriculum elements to help teachers approach their class-rooms with new subject matters. We are also creating special venues, such as our Educator's Forum and Groups where topics relating to the in class delivery of the curriculum are discussed and teachers can find mentorship from other teachers as well as learn about best practices from other schools.
"Puna Ola" is Hawaiian for Coral Alive! We thought it a fitting name for our curriculum. Please note that the curriculum is an on-going project. As new modules become available their links will become active below.
"Puna Ola" Virtual Reef Activities
Learn how to use the Virtual Reef Activity Guide (Grades 8-12)
Coral Watch Coral Bleaching Activity Guide (Grades 9-10, Advanced track 11-12)
Coral Disease Activity Guide (Grades 8-12, Advanced track 11-12)
Coral Structure Activity Guide (Grades 9-10, Advanced track 11-12)
Eyes of the Reef Alien Species Activity Guide (Grades 9-10, Advanced track 11-12)
"Puna Ola" Coral Ecology Curriculum Modules
What is this thing called ecology? (Grades 8-10, Advanced track 11-12)
Coral as Organisms
Coral Structures as "condominium"
Coral reefs ecosystems
When the balance is broken
Water Chemistry and Ocean Acidification
Algae vs. Coral
Reef Fish Stocks
How Land, Water & Coral Reefs are inter connected
Making a difference: an action guide to marine conservation
Traditional Conservation Approaches: the wisdom of native approaches
Carrying this forward for non-coral marine habitats
Extending the Virtual Reef
Collecting data in real life marine environments