Report from New Science Education Standards Stakeholder Meetings

The presentations from the October stakeholders meetings on the National Academies’ Conceptual Frameworks for New Science Education Standards project are now available online.

Harmful Algal Species Identification – There’s an app for that

A volunteer from the NOAA Phytoplankton Monitoring Network’s Texas Master Naturalist group, in collaboration with National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) scientists, developed an iPhone application (Phyto) to assist marine phytoplankton and harmful algae identification.  This “app” includes images from an NCCOS gallery of common phytoplankton and recordings of a staff scientist’s pronunciation of each species’ name.  The application also contains a flash card game to improve volunteers’ identification skills.  Phyto  works on both the iPod Touch and iPhone.  Check the website for a description of this application, with links to a video demo and iTunes download.

Ocean Acidification Documentary

Acid Test: the Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification, a film produced by the National Resources Defense Council, was made to raise awareness about the problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet.  The video and additional outtakes can be viewed online or downloaded from the website