Welcome to the Educator Resource Library - your guide to incorporating Ocean Literacy into your classroom. Ocean literacy is the understanding of the ocean's influence on you, and your influence on the ocean - but that is a very simplified definition. The ocean is a wondrous and complex place, and the better we understand how closely intertwined human lives are with this vital resource, the more we see the imperative to protect and conserve it. We can teach a variety of subjects through the lens of ocean literacy while developing students' inquiry skills and creativity. 

Ocean Literacy is broken up into 7 Key Principles. Each principle is a foundational component of the information and understanding that we need to be ocean literate. Therefore, we have selected content best suited to students within the range of K to 12 to create these courses. Additionally, these courses meet many objectives of the British Columbia curriculum, which are outlined in Curriculum Achievements. If you are joining us from outside of B.C., these curriculum achievements can still be useful for understanding the learning outcomes and competencies that this course offers. 

In this library, you will find detailed content information, activities, lesson plans, additional resources and supportive media to help you incorporate ocean literacy into your classroom. We have broken up the content into three main categories: Elementary (Grade 3-6), Middle School (Grade 7-9) and High School (Grade 10-12). 

Resources are available without registration on the Platform. Registering accesses quizzes, badges and gradebooks that increase you and your student's  interaction with the courses.

To Start: Click on the principle you would like to explore from the menu on the left-hand side of the page. This will take you to the content information page, which will provide you will all the background knowledge for each of the levels, for that associated principle. Underneath you will see the various assignments which are associated with that principle. You will also find additional lesson plans and activities under the Resources Tab on the left-hand menu.

Your students can also take the Ocean Literacy Courses themselves, online. This is a great way to add a blended learning element into your class, or to flip the classrooms. Students can earn virtual badges by completing the various quizzes and assignments, or simply read through the material and explore the interactive resources we have available. 

Our Ocean Literacy courses are interwoven with the UN Sustainability Goals and working with and towards the Decade of Ocean Science for a Sustainable Future. Together we can change the world for the better and access the science we need for the ocean we want.


There is a How to Manual for navigating the course, as well as a Tutorial Video, for additional information

Teacher Registration: As a teacher, community leader, or home educator, you may join the platform first. This will allow you to view your students’ work and create accounts for the students. Register, click on the REGISTER button on the top right hand corner of the screen, and use the code Teacher to create your account. 

Once you have registered, visit the Participants section and click “Add Students” button. Here you can create as many accounts as you like for your students. We suggest not using their last names to protect their privacy. You may wish to include your school initials as part of their usernames, as many common names may already be taken.

Student Registration: Students in the Middle School and Secondary level course may create their own accounts and profiles on the Ocean Literacy learning platform. We suggest having a general discussion with students about online privacy first and ensuring they do not use their last names in their profiles to protect their privacy.

If you click the Register button in the top right-hand corner of the screen and create an account, this will automatically register you at the student level. If you are a teacher or educator and need to be promoted to the proper access level, please contact us with your username.

For a walk-through guide, watch the How To Register Tutorial Video

Any questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have any questions or feedback for the Ocean Literacy Course, please contact [email protected]

Latest Announcement

Dive into the U.N. Ocean Decade by exploring our Ocean Literacy Courses!

Posted by Andrew Lang Wong on January 5th, 2021

Welcome to the Ocean Decade: “A decade that will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Here at Ocean Wise, we believe that fostering Ocean Literacy is fundamental to the sustainable stewardship of our world’s oceans and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We encourage you – whether you are an educator, a student, or a passionate individual– to explore our free Ocean Literacy Courses and deepen your understanding of the ocean and our complex relationship with it!

Additionally, explore our Educator Resource Library for a comprehensive and curated collection of resources, lesson plans and classroom activities to help bring ocean literacy into your classrooms.

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