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Toronto Catholic District School Board

     On Wednesday, September 18, 2013, the Grade 7 students from Ms. Porter, Ms. Meskawy and Mr. Addorisio’s classes took part in an eye opening and undeniably engaging Skype lesson on Sea Turtles with Sea Turtle conservationist, Brad Nahill based out of Portland, Oregon.
 
Aligned with the TCDSB’s next phase of the 3 year pastoral plan, specifically the universal motif of “Hope”, the students learned a great deal about the ecological importance of various Sea Turtles, such as, the Leatherbacks and Loggerheads, how their global status is one that can be described as “critically endangered” and the steps that all of humankind can take in being responsible stewards, such as, reducing plastic and ocean debris, preventative actions to prevent ocean pollution and the protection of nesting areas. Thoughtfully, students engaged in a question and answer session with Mr. Nahill to consolidate their learning.
This lesson marks a continuing journey for staff and students as they embrace ICT enabled, interactive learning across the Ontario curricula.
 
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In continuation of the Skype Oceans classroom on-line learning initiative, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, students from the Grade 6 classes of Ms. Shortt and Mr. Addorisio took part in an interactive lesson on hammerhead sharks. The Skype lesson was moderated by marine biologist, Dr. Miki McComb Cobza from Boulder Colorado who shared her expertise on just how their unique structural features give them additional advantages such as enhanced binocular vision when hunting prey and how one set of sensory organs enables them to detect the electrical fields created by their prey.
 
The students demonstrated their zeal for learning about these awe inspiring creatures by posing a great number of questions and showing collective concern for the dangers the hammerheads face in terms of human activity, namely the shark fin trade.
 
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On Monday, October 7, 2013, students in Ms. Napoleone's and Ms. Capozzoli's Grade 4 classes learned about the science of underwater acoustics from scientist and researcher Salman Jiaz, based out of Portugal. Students learned about how sound is transmitted in the oceans and how marine life can detect sounds. They also learned specifics about the frequency and amplitude of sounds and the factors that affect them.
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On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Grade 2 and 3 students in Ms. Lue's class had a virtual Skype visit with Sarasota, Florida based author, Howard Binkow, writer of "Howard B Wigglebottom and Manners Matters." Students participated in an interactive reading of the story and explored the message of an "ethic of care" and the understanding of the importance and application of manners in a variety of everyday situations.
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