Image of the Week: Take a Coral Reef Adventure!

Ever wish you could take your students on an adventure of a lifetime? Today’s school budgets limit travel, but ThingLink 360/VR has no limits. Our image of the week, courtesy of Dr. Larysa Nadolny, takes students on a deep sea dive to have a coral reef adventure.

Take a Field Trip Under the Sea

Dr. Nadolny’s 360/VR image takes students to the coral to discover a location few get the privilege to visit. Students learn about the purpose of coral reefs with the help of videos and Google Maps. Students get a peak into the design thinking process of how 3-D printing technology could help rebuild many of the reefs we have lost. Where would you want your students to explore virtually?

Make sure to check out Dr. Nadolny’s 360/VR image as well as visit her website.

Learning Standards to Support an Immersive Experience

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-LS1-5
    • Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
  • MS-LS2-1
    • Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-3
    • Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-4
    • Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • MS-LS2-5
    • Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
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Dan Gallagher

Dan Gallagher is a longtime ThingLink Certified Educator who is now ThingLink’s Education Social Media Specialist. This position oversees @ThingLink_Edu and assists with contributions to the blog. Dan is a Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology with the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in NJ where he shows teachers how to integrate technology into their instruction.

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