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The initial step in the training of DS-Ocean Resource Teachers is their participation in the DS-Ocean distance-learning course. The 13-week course is offered twice a year to selected participants. It investigates the ocean which interacts continuously with the atmosphere, geosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere by exchanging, storing and transporting matter and energy. The course uses electronically transmitted environmental data and learning materials combined with Text and Study Guide readings and investigations.

The DS-Ocean course is offered through DS-Ocean Local Implementation Team (LITs) that are located around the country. LITs, typically composed of three members, coordinate the selection and delivery of the course to approximately eight teacher participants each semester. Each team advertises the local course availability, recruits and selects participants, arranges and holds local meetings, individually mentors participants on course understandings and activities, provides participant evaluations, and assists in developing DS-Ocean Resource Teacher action plans. Each LIT is composed of at least one master precollege teacher and most include one professional oceanographer, hydrologist, meteorologist or environmental scientist.

Who can participate in DS-Ocean?

The course is directed towards middle-school teachers, but open to all K-12 teachers, who live in an area served by a LIT . Teachers of any subject who have an interest in promoting the teaching of Earth Science across the curriculum may apply. Applications are sought from persons who can demonstrate potential for leadership as resource teachers. They must be willing to act as resource persons for other teachers and as advocates for promoting the use of electronically-delivered environmental data in schools.

Teachers who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, or teachers who are teaching in schools with large numbers of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, are especially urged to apply.

What does DS-Ocean participation entail?

You will need a PC or Mac computer, printer, and an Internet connection with frames and javascript browsing capability (such as version 4.0 or higher, of either Netscape or Microsoft Explorer software; or a service like America On Line, Prodigy or Compuserve).

The only other equipment requirement is access to a facsimile machine for transmitting and receiving materials between you and your LIT mentor.

What does DS-Ocean do for me?

By successfully completing the DS-Ocean course, you will:

All participants are enrolled in a 3 semester-hour graduate course, entitled ESC 676.61 Real-Time Ocean Studies, through the State University of New York College at Brockport. Credit is awarded upon successfully completing course requirements the same semester as the course is taken.

What must I do after the DS-Ocean course?

The goal of the DS-Ocean Project is to empower DS-Ocean Resource Teachers with the knowledge and capabilities to transform a virtually endless stream of environmental data into exciting and creative learning experiences for young people. As a DS-Ocean Resource Teacher, you will be expected to introduce other teachers and administrators in your school, parents, and members of the community to the benefits of utilizing electronically-delivered environmental data streams as vehicles for learning across the curriculum.

The DS-Ocean Project expects to develop a long-term working relationship with DS-Ocean course participants. The goal is to upgrade scientific literacy by motivating teachers and through them, their students, to develop and nurture active interests in science, mathematics, and technology.

How do I apply for DS-Ocean?

Contact your nearest DS-Ocean LIT Leader by clicking on the heading 'Locate DS-Ocean Team by State', listed at the top of this Homepage and request information and application materials for the next offering of the DS-Ocean course.

If there is no LIT listed near you or in your state, inquiries may be sent to find out if a LIT is forming in your area by email to:

To be considered for participation, a completed application form must be submitted to your local LIT leader. You will be notified of the status of your application by the local LIT leader. Enrollment is limited and selection is based on a number of criteria.

Who makes up DS-Ocean?

The DS-Ocean Project operates through the combined efforts of several people working together to provide a unique enhancement opportunity for K-12 teachers.

At the local level, it consists of numerous three-member Local Implementation Teams spread throughout the United States. These typically consist of trained master precollege teachers, local college faculty members, and professional scientists, including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) personnel.

DS-Ocean Central, located at the AMS Education Office in Washington DC, is a team that develops instructional materials, provides logistical support to the LITs, conducts the credit-bearing course in which DS-Ocean participants enroll, and administers the overall project. These include Dr. Ira W. Geer, DS-Ocean Project Director; Dr. Joseph Moran, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Dr. Joseph Niebauer, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Dr. Robert Weinbeck, Associate Director; Bernard Blair, Information Services Coordinator; Maude Mason, Executive Assistant, and Diem Tran, Shipping Assistant. Dr. Edward Hopkins, University of Wisconsin - Madison, writes the DS-Ocean Weekly Ocean News.

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