Ocean Literacy

Young Ocean Leaders Wanted

The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council is expanding for 2018 by adding 10 new young ocean leaders from around the world! Applications are due by 1 December 2017.

The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council helps to expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day, on 8 June, and year-round. Council members are instrumental in helping shape the development of World Oceans Day as it grows, providing new and unique perspectives, ideas, and recommendations. Find out more

To apply you must be between the ages of 16 and 22, able to make at least a two-year commitment, including approximately 5-10 hours per month to Council activities and have a passion for the ocean! Apply now


The Global Water Project

Tyncan Learning is involved in a project with teachers and students across the globe. The countries involved are Canada , USA, Romania,Russia, India, Cameroon.The idea behind the project is to gain appreciation of the vital role water plays globally.We in the west have very little issues with water supply and can sometimes take the provision of running water for granted leading to wasting this precious commodity. In the East however there are problems of supply and as such the people in those countries have learned to invent ways to save water and use it sparingly.Here is an extract from an interview carried out recently involving students at a school in India

Water is precious last week we had a discussion and interaction with the students of grade III on the topic – WHATS MAKING OUR WATER DIRTY? They were sitting in groups ,after interaction they were asked to jot down the points in their PBL diaries.


Their points were-

1. factories throwing chemicals in the rivers

2.home garbage being thrown by people

3. utensils being washed by hard chemicals

4.human and animal waste being thrown by us

Students enjoyed the interaction and learnt many new things with in the group. They have now become aware of how to use water miserly because they are facing the problems in their home.

This is just one of the discussions taking place in schools across the globe regarding the vital role water has in our our societies.

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Water Water everywhere and not a …………

How many of us every really think about the importance of water in the world today. With Summer almost upon us we tend to assume we will always have instant clean water. We are working with the Global Water Project with teachers and students from Canada, USA, Romania, Cameroon and India  working together to help each other. We are facilitating the project allowing schools across the world to work together to find solutions to the problem of clean water. Students in hot dry countries are sharing their knowledge with students in the developed world and are helping to find solutions to the problem of access to water especially in rural areas in some countries. The technology being used was developed by Virtual-Centre.com which is a spin out company from Durham University Business School.

We are using the technology to allow groups of students to exchange ideas and share experiences using text, audio and video. The project would be impossible to do without the aid of the technology. Working in many different time zones means that questions are asked when you are asleep and answered when those in the other countries are sleeping. It is wonderful to experience collaborative learning on a global scale.

It is hoped that the project will be able to encourage companies who are involved in the water industry to help by providing water analysing kits which the students will use to record data regarding the state of the water supplies in their countries. So the next time you turn on the tap to get a drink of water imagine what you would think if nothing came out or the water was discoloured. If you had no confidence in the cleanliness of the water or if it was safe to drink, how would you cope. Many countries around the world live with those feelings everyday.

World Wide Water Project

Tyncan Learning has become involved in a project to examine how water is maintained clean in different parts of the the world.

This is a project-based learning activity that will give students an opportunity to do gain some real world experiences. The project is a water quality activity that will be divided into two phases: phase one will allow students in 4 or 5 world locations to evaluate how their communities maintain a high level of water quality and compare the results with each other. In phase two of the project the schools will adopt a village that does not have clean water available to them and offer solutions on how to create clean water for human use.

To start the project, students will be divided into groups and each group will study the local, state, and international issues surrounding the cleaning of water for a particular region of the world. This includes what is currently being done to insure that the water is safe and/or what improvements could be made to enhance water quality. Each group will then compare their statistics or data and make recommendations as to what is being done or what can be done to insure the highest level of water quality. Students will then present their results to each other and, finally, to water quality experts in their area. This phase of the project will use schools in Nevada, Canada, and Italy to create an exciting global network for this PBL program.

In phase two of the project students will study villages that do not have clean water. They will then choose a village and design/implement a plan for improvement The final part of this phase is to have the students present their ideas to appropriate officials or groups for action.

The Essential Question will be:

Does anything need to be done to improve the water quality in our local, national, and global community?

Secondary question will be:

“What factors determine the quality of water in various global locations?”

Students will be divided into the following groups to answer these questions:

(a)  Governmental policies,  (b) health regulations,  (c) economic realities,  (d) water-related diseases,  (e) plants & animals in each location,  (f) food supplies, (g) water filtration systems (man-made and natural.

If your school would like to take part then email enquiries@tyncan.com