This online learning experience:

  • Contains closed captions and described video for learners with visual and hearing impairments
  • Promotes inquiry-based learning and was designed to strengthen learners’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Is cross-curricular and interdisciplinary (Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Ecology)
  • Includes hundreds of interactive activities and 360/AR/VR videos
  • Builds ocean literacy and STEM
  • Provides ready-made activities and course guides

Dive into learning

Ocean School takes learners on a global expedition across major scientific fields and has collections that focus on:

  • climate change;
  • biodiversity;
  • STEM careers; 
  • marine biology;
  • oceanic ecosystems;
  • Indigenous perspectives on the environment.

Ocean School is the result of a dynamic partnership between the National Film Board of Canada and the Ocean Frontier Institute at Dalhousie University. Its current project, “Building Ocean Literacy through Community Engagement,” is an official action of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030).

“Everything that’s on there is really well filmed, well produced. But I also like that it’s kind of meeting the students where they’re at right now. Students definitely have taken to using their phones a lot, and I think this actually gives them a positive opportunity to use the media in a really positive way. So it’s accessible on their mobile, it's accessible on our class devices as well.”

Kira Janisse, Teacher at Humberside Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario

“For students who in some cases have never even walked along a body of water, Ocean School empowers them with the beauty and power of the ocean in a way that demonstrates why committing to the stewardship of the planet is an essential and a lifelong event.”

Melissa Dent, Grade 7 Teacher, Toronto, Ontario

Technical requirements

A tablet or computer with a modern browser such as Chrome or Safari;
A strong Wi-Fi connection with a minimum connection speed of 5 MB/sec;
We recommend providing headphones for students;
For more information, check out our Help Centre.

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