of a Collaborative Oceanography Unit/Curriculum Design constructed by:
Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using
Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect
mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and
other areas of learnings.
BENCHMARK STANDARD: INTERMEDIATE
- Information technology
is used to retrieve, process, and communicate information and as a
tool to enhance learning.
- Through systems
thinking, people can recognize the commonalities that exist among
all systems and how parts of a system inter-relate and combine to
perform specific functions.
- Information technology
can have positive and negative impacts on society, depending upon
how it is used.
- Use a range of
equipment and software to integrate several forms of information in
order to create good quality audio, video, graphic, and text-based
- Use spreadsheets
and database software to collect, process, display, and analyze information.
Students access needed information from electronic databases and on-line
obtain accurate and relevant information pertaining to a particular
topic from a range of sources, including local and national media,
libraries, museums, governmental agencies, industries, and individuals.
- Use graphical,
statistical, and presentation software to present projects to fellow
- Describe the
differences between dynamic systems and organization systems.
CONTENT OUTCOMES for Technology and Research lessons to be done
in conjunction with classroom units on Oceanography (Fenninger & Tortora),
Math (Levinson), and Social Studies/Language Arts (Cafaro).
will use presentation software to create an original online slide show
about a sea creature. In order to do that they will have to:
- Locate print
and non-print materials
- properly cite
print and non-print information
- use appropriate
- use a word processor
- use telecommunications
for information sharing (e-mail)
- create and publish
a cumulative multimedia presentation
create a computer presentation based on Oceanography units in math, science,
language arts, and library technology that includes: information found
in print and/or non-print sources and a bibliography.
communicate with an authority or a peer to access information.
create a graph using computer software.
#1 Retrieval of Information in the Library Media Center
Review of the Dewey Decimal System and the card catalog or OPAC
(On-line Public Access Catalog) based upon Oceanography unit.
With the knowledge of how the card catalog is arranged and the arrangement
of the Library Media Center (LMC) the students will retrieve a book on
the subject; either in the nonfiction area or in the reference area of
Card Catalog or OPAC, and Handouts: "The 100 Divisions"(from:
How to Use the Library, Canter & Associates, 1989), "The
Dewey Decimal System of Classification" (from Library Skills:
Lessons for Grades K-6, Arden Druce, 1986) and The 590s.
Class lecture & pairs
Where would you find print information about about oceanography in the
LMC? Also, how would you start your search? And, what is a system? What
does the word "reference" mean to you?
#2 Introduction to the Internet
The Internet and how to search it.
The student will locate a specific site and will independently search
for sites relating to oceanography.
Two periods or more
Computer work station & worksheet: (Oceanographer)
URLs: Electronic Zoo: http://netvet.wustl.edu/e-zoo.htm,
Sea World and Busch Gardens: http://www.bev.net/education/Sea
World/homepage.html , ZooNet: www.mindspring.com/~zoonet,
Zoonet for Kids: members.aol.com/zoonetkids,
What sea creature interests you? Search the Internet to find as much of
the information on the handout that you can.
e-mail: what it is and how to do it on the Internet
The student will e-mail an expert on a topic or will e-mail a peer
e-mail software on the computer, URLs: Ask Shamu: http://www.bev.net/education/SeaWorld/ask_Shamu/asintro.html,
Ask an Expert:
Mr. Science: www.sch.org/tech/mr_sci/mr_sci.html
a Scientist: www.nsf.gov/nstw_questions/start.htm
One to two periods
Individual computer station work
What do you want to know about your sea creature that you havent
found in any of your searches? Also, what is an expert?
Instructions on correctly citing print and non-print information.
Creating a bibliography for print and non-print (Internet, CD-ROMS, etc.)
Handouts: "Bibliography", "Citing Internet Resources,"
(from Classroom Connect, March 1996.) and "Sample Entries:
Works Cited Page," (from, Research Guide and Style Sheet, Clarkstown
High School North, English Department)
One to two periods
How does the reader know that the information you are citing is accurate?
Also, what is plagiarism?
#5 Introduction to Spreadsheet Software
Students will learn how to use the Microsoft Excel or another similar
spreadsheet program for creating graphs. ? Using the size of the sharks,
as given on the Infocards; create a graph on the computer. Using
the information from Record Breakers create a graph on the computer.
Students will create a graph, using Microsoft Excel, based on their
math and oceanography lessons.
Microsoft Excel software and URLs to: How do Whales Measure
Up? (lesson 4) www.idis.com/teachweb/cohasset/infocard1.htm
through "infocard8")and Record Breakers: http://bev.net/education/SeaWorld/Olympians/oorecords.html
occur when trying to get to above site: Go to: Sea World/Busch Gardens
click on "Educational Resources", then "Ocean Olympians",
and then: "Record Breakers"
Time sufficient to cover instruction and creation of graphs.
Individual work at computer stations
How do you make a graph on the computer? Using the size of the sharks,
as given on the Infocards; create a graph on the computer.And, what do
you think is the right graph to use for the information you are given?
#6 Drawing or Painting Software
Students will learn how to use KidPix or other drawing/painting
Students will create a graphic showing layering in relationship to salinity
in the ocean and the layering of hot and cold water in the ocean based
upon their lessons in oceanography.
Drawing software and computer station.
One to two periods.
How would you create a representation of layered materials in the straw
on the computer?
#7 Presentation Software
Students will be instructed on how to use Power Point or another
similar presentation software such as Hyperstudio to create a slide
presentation on the computer. Outcome: They will use information that
they have culled from their oceanography lessons and research lessons
in the LMC, and have stored on the computer, to create a slide presentation
about a sea creature.
Power point or similar software, Oceanographer worksheet,
and information and graphics they have stored on the computer.
2 or more periods
How would you create a program to display what you have learned about
your sea creature? What is needed to create an interesting, organized,
and well-rounded program?
Rubrics for Total Score
= Attempts to do work = 1
= With some help = 2
= With little help = 3
= Mastery = 4
is incomplete and inaccurate = 1
is somewhat complete and inaccurate = 2
is mostly complete and mostly accurate =3
is complete and accurate = 4