Helpful Hints from Teachers

Ocean 180 would like to thank all teachers who participated in the 2014 Ocean 180 Video Challenge, especially those who provided us with thorough and helpful feedback.

Anderson1 - CopySeveral teachers offered their advice for future teacher participation, as well as ways they  to successfully intergrated Ocean 180 into their classroom. It was great to hear back from so many teachers around the world and see the different ways they shared the video abstracts with their students.

As we enter the second year of Ocean 180, we encourage teachers with suggestions, tips and tricks, or advice for new teachers to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We would be happy to share your comments with other teachers here.

 Format for viewing videos:

"I fit it in as a warm-up (bell work) with really great results.  Kids that were late to class missed the videos, so they were to class on time.  We watched a video each day and took a few minutes to talk about them.  My students kept a score sheet in their notebook so they could use their notes on voting day...It was truly a hit with my 8th graders.  I am looking forward to the other 8th grade science teachers joining my next year!"- Patti Shultz, Florida

"I used the videos as a starter each day and it was something that my students really looked forward to each day."- Annonymous

"We watched all the videos in the first two class periods. Next we read the abstract before we watched them a second time. I did allow some comments before each second viewing to get a feel for what they remembered about each."- Annonymous

 Integrating into curriculum:

"[Ocean 180 videos are] a great way to talk about the scientific process, isolating variables, and variable relationship."- Caryn Nicols, Alaska

"We watch and grade one film per day. This competition is perfect for my STEM class....We build ROVs and study why and how we explore our oceans. The students have to document their ROV build and pool mission in a video journal using iMovie."- Maureen Barrett, New Jersey

"It fit in to the discussion of the scientific method and how new research and new technology change our understanding of the world"- AnnonymousIndianCrest3 - Copy

"Our school is an IB school that is project based, and focused on global awareness.  As a science teacher,  the Ocean 180 project fits in beautifully with our school's dedication to promoting global awareness in all areas of academia."- Wendy Bramlett, Ohio

"I am using the research paper abstracts for close reading and text tagging practice.  Doing that is a great way to challenge the students to read "tougher" text and at the same time reinforce the videos we watched.  The abstracts are short and lend themselves well to this sort of Common Core exercise."- Deborah Kravchuk, New York

"We are currently studying other topics. However, our school has a 1-1 laptop environment. I used the 3 min format as a criteria for an I-Movie they had to create as part of a project. We talked about how to compress your message into a short time frame, yet make it engaging and informative."- Annoymous


By the Numbers

Over 40,000 students in 50 US states, the US Virgin Islands, and 25 countries participated as judges in the 2016 Ocean 180 Video Challenge.