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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Takes Students on Virtual Field Trips During Alabama’s Distance Learning Month

Feb 16, 2012

February 2012 is the State of Alabama’s Education Department’s Distance Learning Month, and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be taking students through the wet and wonderful world of marine science with virtual field trips about the Gulf of Mexico.

Growing from the success of the state’s ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators & Students Statewide) Digital Learning Weeks in 2010 and 2011, this year’s expansion to a Distance Learning Month allows educators from many organizations across the state the opportunity to broaden the scope and audience for distance learning. 

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

  • Sharks and Rays of the Gulf of Mexico, February 17, 11am and 1pm
  • Animals of the Gulf of Mexico, February 23, 11am and 1pm

Dr. Tina Miller-Way, Chair of Discovery Hall Programs for Education and Outreach at the Sea Lab, said, “We’ve seen how integrating the fascinating world of marine science into STEM courses can really engage students and teachers.  With distance learning, we are able to share the world of marine science with those who live far from a beach or bay.  We can show them really cool animals and plants, teach them a bit of biology, chemistry or physics and discuss some of the current issues in our environment. We really enjoy bringing our excitement about the ocean world to students statewide.”

“We are pleased to be working with the ACCESS program again and enthusiastically support its goals,” she concluded.

“Today’s students are curious, and eager to learn. Their desire, coupled with today’s technology, equals immeasurable learning opportunities,” said Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education.

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



Media Contact:

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

Meg G. Lowry, Alabama Department of Education - Office of Technology Initiatives – email: mlowry@alsde.edu, phone: (334) 242-9594



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