Posted by Rachael B-I on December 4th, 2017

Good Morning Everyone!

Danika and I would like to extend a big thank you to all those who participated in the writers' retreat, both here at the Vancouver Aquarium and online. Congratulations on the great work that you accomplished this weekend. The students were incredibly enthusiastic, dedicated and productive in their quest to create the document draft, and we cannot wait to see it continue to develop.

If you took any photos of the weekend, please upload them to the Writers' Retreat Gallery for everyone to share in the experience.

Ocean Wise would love to share your photos as well! Please have a parent or guardian fill out the Photo Release Form, and email it back to either myself or Danika.

Well done everyone! 2018 is going to see some very exciting things ahead.

Agenda for the Weekend

Posted by Terry Godwaldt on December 1st, 2017

Welcome Canada!

This is the document link we will use throughout the weekend. It is the agenda but also the hyperlink to all the documents we need.


Important Link for Thursday

Posted by Terry Godwaldt on November 22nd, 2017

Dear All,

It's hard to believe that we are just days away from the National Virtual Town Hall!! It's going to be an amazing time for us to come together as a nation and talk about water and your vision for the future. Everything that we need for the event is on this link.

See you soon,


Hello brilliant Ocean Wise schools!

It has been a great week reviewing materials on the virtual classroom, and seeing our students connect and share their thoughts & ideas. It is hard to believe that we are just a few days away from the cumulative event - our Virtual Town Hall!!

Details for Thursday, Nov 23:

  • Agenda LINK: Click here *The link is also available on the announcements page in the virtual classroom.
    • Please try to review the Agenda before Thursday to familiarize yourself with the schedule, breakout questions, resources, and google documents
  • Remember, each group will need:
    • 1 or 2 computers for each colour group (Red, Blue, Green & Yellow)
      • Each colour group should have a designated writer and a reader (the reader is the person who reads the work of the other schools)
      • If possible, it would be great to have someone who was a "roaming reporter" - their job would be to take video and send tweets throughout the morning
    • Student cell phones for poll voting
    • Dedicated computer/projector for zoom VTH connection

Sarah Flynn


Posted by Rachael B-I on November 21st, 2017

Share your experiences and thoughts @OceanWise #OceanWise and special for Nov 23 Virtual Town Hall #OceanWiseSpeaks

Dear All,

On behalf of Ocean Wise, TakingITGlobal, and the Centre for Global Education, we would like to welcome you all to the Ocean Wise National Dialogue on Water. As eight of Canada's most innovative schools, we are honoured to have you join in a dialogue over the course of the next six weeks to learn about and engage your communities, local and provincially, in the creation of a vision for the future of our water in Canada.

Link to Agenda for the Virtual Town Hall

Posted by Terry Godwaldt on November 20th, 2017

Dear All,

It's hard to believe that we are just days away from the National Virtual Town Hall!! It's going to be an amazing time for us to come together as a nation and talk about water and your vision for the future. Everything that we need for the event is on this link.

See you soon,


Water Webinar #4

Posted by Danika on November 17th, 2017

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for another engaging water webinar today!

Joining us today was Alexis Scoon, Ocean Wise Sustainability Manager. Her slides are posted HERE. Check out your community's watershed report at

Talk to you soon.

Happy Friday

Posted by Rachael B-I on November 10th, 2017

Hello Everyone!

Next week we will be having our 4th Town Hall, with our expert mentor Alexis Scoon. Alexis brings a passion and enthusiasm to everything she does, and is eager to speak with you next week.

Please remember to complete Week 4's Activities before the Town Hall:

Ocean Watch: Howe Sound Edition

The Ocean Needs Our Help

FRIDAY FUN FACT: The ocean actually has a limited amount of water in it. 1.332 billion cubic kilometers to be exact. It is not the infinite resource that was once thought, and you are helping change people's perspective with your work in this national dialogue.

Happy Friday! Try out some weekend baking in between your water rights activities!:

Welcome Julie and Rhiannon

Posted by Rachael B-I on November 6th, 2017

Hello Everyone!

We are very excited for tomorrow's Virtual Town Hall, to discuss the work you have been doing and the theme of this week.

Joining us will be Rhiannon Moore and Julie Dimitrijevic, Masters Candidates with the Ocean Pollution Research Program. We are very excited to have Rhiannon and Julie join us tomorrow, and to share their expertise. If you have any questions for Rhiannon and Julie, before or after the program, be sure to post a comment on their Mentor Blogs.

Please make sure you have completed all of the Week 3 Activities for tomorrow's discussion.

Talk to you soon.

Activity 3a and 3b

Posted by Danika on November 1st, 2017

Hi everyone,

Thank you to those who have started posting their Drain Journals. In an effort to not overwhelm anyone with work I have moved 4a. Ocean Watch: Howe Sound to next week, Nov 15. Please post your responses to 3a. Colonial Context and 3b. Down the Drain Challenge for tomorrow's call and remember to comment on other's posts to get the conversation started.



Meet the Experts

Posted by Rachael B-I on October 31st, 2017

Hello Everyone,

Throughout our national dialogue, we will be posting blogs to introduce you to the expert mentors, who will be guiding you through the content each week.

Visit our Expert Mentor Blog Series to learn more! We are excited to introduce our next expert Donna Gibbs for this weeks Virtual Town Hall

These blogs will be constantly updated too, so make sure to check back in to learn new information, as questions, and meet the upcoming mentors.

If you have any questions for the mentors, comment below on their blog, and we will do our best to get those answered for you.

Talk to you soon!

Ocean Wise

Let's Get Started

Posted by Rachael B-I on October 17th, 2017

Welcome to Water Rights, the Ocean Wise Virtual Town Hall. In preparation for our first collaboration on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 9:00am PST, we have a few short activities we would like your class to complete.

Creating a Profile in the Virtual Classroom

Discover Your Sense of Place

Finding Your Shoreline

These activities will give you an introduction to the online learning environment, as well as to start your brain thinking about all the ways that water is involved in your life. Use the Discussions Board to connect to other participants, and to contribute your thoughts throughout these activities.

Let's get started!