MARINE BIOLOGY
                                 in the
                               MIDWEST?

Monday, September 14, 2009
elective course for juniors & seniors of benton,
                    central, & lafayette

                         monday...
“At enlightened, forward-thinking companies,
      managers understand the connection between
      learning, innovation, ...
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                             MESSAGE of
                              THANKS:

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WHY study marine
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IMPACT BEYOND
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                             link
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elkhorn & staghorn coral
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link to live site
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16,548 unique visitors...




                             from a total of 137 countries


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“I think it would be really cool to have a
          sweet coral like Osha found that was 350
          millions years old...
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“...by using the network, while just thinking
         my thoughts out loud into cyberspace, an
         author heard and ...
“What if school wasn’t like real life...
          what if it just was real life?”
          ~Chris Lehmann, SLA principal...
How can we
                predict the
                 future of
                education?
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CONNECTIONS:
                             “Where are they now?”


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student reactions




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“I hadn’t been considering a career
        in biology but I am now
     so fascinated by it that I am.
     I’m even thin...
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Monday, September 14, 2009
“This is a class that will give anyone
  who takes it a great memory they
  will keep with them for the rest of
          ...
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Monday, September 14, 2009
“I am taking away from this
program – a realization that science
      isn’t just lists of species,
      memorizing cycle...
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Monday, September 14, 2009
“I would recommend this class to
   students IF they are willing to put
   forth lots of outside-the-classroom
           ...
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Monday, September 14, 2009
“I got a better understanding for
     what I feel I want to do with my
   life, career-wise. Doing field work
      never ...
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“I had the opportunity to learn
       a little about myself on the field
       study, and I’m sure others did as
        ...
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Monday, September 14, 2009
“The only thing is that you have
    to be willing to do the homework
     and have the initiative to work
             ou...
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Monday, September 14, 2009
“I think integrating the schools
       was an awesome idea. I know I
      don’t have as many stereotypical
        feeli...
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Monday, September 14, 2009
“This class has been one of the
    most beneficial to me out of all the
    classes I’ve taken in high school.”
          ...
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“This program is definitely an asset
 to the school district and I would
      recommend it to anyone.
    It was great get...
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“I think it was an awesome
                        “college type” class.
                     It really made me think.”
  ...
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“...there were times when I just
           wanted to throw in the towel
                     and say-
          you know ...
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“…but I gained a better
understanding of coral reef ecology,
 Bahamian culture and values, and
 a better understanding of ...
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“I now know this is what I want
         to do with the rest of my life.”
                             -Nicole Rohr, 2001
...
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“I think everyone in the class has
     matured so much as a student.
    We all “dug in” and got done what
           nee...
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“It takes hard work and dedication
    to get through this class... and
         people on the outside
    of the program ...
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“This experience has reminded me
       of why I used to love school.”

                             -Tyson Evans, 2000


...
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“…it is something that we
            should not be restricted from
           learning about because we live
            ...
The
                             beginning.

Monday, September 14, 2009
TIME FOR CLASS


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thanks.


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Marine Biology - Ten Year Anniversary

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This slide set was created for a presentation to the Saint Joseph School District Board of Education. The last time I presented to the board on this program was in 2000 to ask for the blessing to proceed with a for-credit course in marine biology in our district.

After our tenth year was complete, it was obvious to me that I owed it to the board to show them what an amazing thing they helped to produce for the children of our city. Rarely do they get to see the direct fruits of their decisions in such a direct and purposeful way.

Unfortunately, much of the presentation was also done using a .pdf petition that featured our work... and led to the listing of two Caribbean coral species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Two former students (now PhD candidates) were also brought in via teleconference from Rhode Island and College Station, Texas.

Starting with slide #56, the presentation was designed to roll off automatically with a list of alternating images from our field studies and direct quotes from former students taken from past course evaluations.

These slides won't mean much without the presentation voiceover. I suppose I could come back on here and do a slidecast voiceover when I get a chance. Ok, I think I just talked myself into it.

Anyway... even if you don't get the full experience... I hope you at least enjoy the rich imagery of Andros Island in The Bahamas and its coral reefs in particular.

Sean

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  2. 2. elective course for juniors & seniors of benton, central, & lafayette monday nights from 7:00 to 9:00pm elective course within biology strand embedded week-long field study on the coral reefs of the bahamas in april live aboard sailing vessels for the week field study is student-funded 250 students have participated Monday, September 14, 2009
  3. 3. “At enlightened, forward-thinking companies, managers understand the connection between learning, innovation, and higher productivity — in fact, employees at these companies may even be encouraged to spend time learning and experimenting...” Joe McKendrick, FastForward Monday, September 14, 2009
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  46. 46. “I think it would be really cool to have a sweet coral like Osha found that was 350 millions years old. (Rugosa spp.) I also found it interesting that there were some freakin ancient corals in IOWA!” ~Torin McKinley, 2008 Monday, September 14, 2009
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  50. 50. “...by using the network, while just thinking my thoughts out loud into cyberspace, an author heard and sent me a piece of ancient history.” ~Torin McKinley Monday, September 14, 2009
  51. 51. “What if school wasn’t like real life... what if it just was real life?” ~Chris Lehmann, SLA principal Monday, September 14, 2009
  52. 52. How can we predict the future of education? Monday, September 14, 2009
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