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No Beach? No Problem! Dauphin Island Sea Lab Takes Students on Virtual Field Trips in February, Alabama’s Distance Learning Month

Jan 29, 2013

Whether their classroom is urban, in the mountains or far from shore, students will be treated to the wet and wonderful world of Alabama’s marine environment by participating in Alabama’s State Department of Education’s Distance Learning Month this February. Educators and aquarists from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) are preparing engaging and educational classes on topics ranging from estuarine ecology to shark anatomy.

ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators & Students Statewide) Distance Learning is available to all Alabama public high school students and provides equal access to high quality instruction.

The educational team at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be offering exciting and up-close classes on:

  • LIVE from your Estuary: Alabama’s Marine Animals, February 6, 10am
  • Sharks: Really, Really Up Close – A Dissection, February 14, 10am
  • I Swim with That? A Close Up Look at Plankton, February 21, 1pm

Dr. Tina Miller-Way, DISL Associate Director, Outreach and Education, said, “We are excited to once again participate in the ACCESS program.  Through distance learning, ACCESS allows us to not only share our knowledge and appreciation of Alabama’s marine world with all of the state’s students, but also allows them to ask us immediate questions about what intrigues them regarding the marine animals or the ocean itself.”

“Having seen and experienced the thrill and excitement of high school students from a small rural school as they participated in Distance Learning Day with Dauphin Island Sea Lab scientists, I can attest to the importance of the program,” said Larry Raines, ACCESS Program Administrator. “The opportunity to experience a Sea Lab setting with marine life and real-time communication with the instructor provides an outstanding virtual hands-on experience otherwise unavailable to many students.”

For more information on Alabama’s Distance Learning Month, visit http://www.accessdl.state.al.us/.

Media Contact:

Dr. Tina Miller-Way, DISL – email: tmiller-way@disl.org; phone: (251) 861-2141 x2257

Linda Jarzyniecki, Alabama Department of Education - Office of Technology Initiatives – email: lindaj@alsde.edu; phone: (334) 242-9594



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