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The Ocean School team is committed to helping you have a great experience. Please explore the FAQ, watch our support videos and consult our guides below. If you still have questions, please get in touch.

What is Ocean School?

Ocean School is a groundbreaking learning experience that uses powerful storytelling techniques, immersive technologies and interactive media. Its inquiry-based approach advances critical thinking, innovation and environmental awareness. OS guides the learner through immersive media using VR, augmented reality, 360 cinema, and more to explore and foster a deep engagement with ocean science.

Ocean School overview


What is Inquiry Based Learning?

Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) encourages students to take the lead in their learning experience. Posing their own questions and gathering evidence, learners practice the skills they need to participate in knowledge creation. Students and educators share responsibility for identifying problems that students can investigate further. Together, they engage in critical thinking, collection and analysis of evidence, logical reasoning, and creative problem-solving.  

Educational approach guide

Competencies and cross-cutting skills

Who is Ocean School for?

Ocean School is for everyone. We invite all lifelong learners to register and explore our immersive experiences. You will see the ocean in a new way.

COMING SOON! Ocean school is also designed for students and educators. Are you an educator? Sign up and peruse the educator space, which includes many additional resources to support using Ocean School in the classroom.

Is Ocean School bilingual?

Yes! Ocean School is available in both English and French.

Do I need to use Google Classroom?

Ocean School is optimized for use in Google Classroom, but can be absolutely be experienced without it. Certain collaborative features (shared documents and integrated assignment creation and submission) will not be available, but all of Ocean School's multimedia content and supporting activities remain available.

Is Ocean School free?

Yes! Thanks to our partners, Ocean School is free to people around the world!

What are the minimum technology requirements?

To get started with Ocean School, you will need tablets or computers with a modern browser, a strong Wifi connection (5MB/s), and headphones for each student or device.

Ocean School is a fully responsive HTML website that is accessible on Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge via desktops, laptops and tablets. The experience is optimized for Chromebooks and tablets.

Technology FAQ

How do I stop Ocean School from adding documents to my Google Drive?

  1. Sign in to your Google Account
  2. Open the page Apps with access to your account.
  3. Click Ocean School.
  4. Click Remove Access.

What type of support material is there? Where can I find it?

We have four types of support materials:

About Ocean School

  • Learn about Ocean School’s instructional approach and the types of resources available to you.

Getting started

  • Plan your Ocean School implementation guide

Technical guides

  • Learn about Ocean School’s technical requirements and tips for classroom use

Module guides

  • Learn about the content, interactive experiences and curriculum links for each module

You can find links to all of our support documentation here.

Still have questions?
Consult our support documents
Support
Overview of Ocean School

Find out what Ocean School is and how it links to your curriculum.

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Take action

Find out how Ocean School supports learners in applying their knowledge to make change. Read tips for how to help your students take action.

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Educational approach

Learn about Ocean School’s inquiry-based approach.

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Assessment opportunities

Learn about the different assessment opportunities offered in Ocean School.

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Cross-cutting skills

A concise mapping of competencies and cross-cutting skills in Ocean School

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Learning objects

A guide to ocean School's fundamental building block: the learning object

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Ocean school and Google Classroom

Ocean School has been designed to integrate seamlessly with Google Classroom. This video will guide you, step-by step, through the process of connecting your existing Google Classroom classes to Ocean School.