PEI Consultant Lisa Eschenbach is an expert at finding resources for educators about our local environments! In this post she outlines some of the best videos about our Puget Sound and beyond, for educators and students. Take a look:
How can you take your students on an overflight of the Puget Sound? Through short videos you and your students can see more of the Puget Sound and learn from marine & watershed scientists and other students. Here is my list of my top ten videos on the Puget Sound and about the environment.
1) Watershed Address by Friends of the Cedar River Watershed
Students developed and act in this 9-minute video describing the Cedar River Watershed, which drains through Seattle, Bellevue and Tukwila. This video also describes where the drinking water comes from in the Cedar River Watershed. This video is relevant to residents of other watersheds. What is your watershed address? How could you tell the story of your watershed? http://www.cedarriver.org/programs/watershed-report
2) Lost and (Puget) Sound by Inye Wokoma-Ijo Media Group
This video was created through a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to the City of Seattle with partners Seattle Public Schools, Everett Public Schools and the city of Tacoma. This 27-minute video follows three students as they discover where water goes through the storm drain systems, and how they can help keep the Puget Sound clean and healthy. This video also has a teaching guide and related lesson plans. http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/util/Services/Drainage_&_Sewer/Keep_Water_Safe_&_Clean/RestoreOurWaters/index.htm
3) Ecology in Focus
This series of 2-3 minute videos describe the work of a variety of professionals working to protect the Puget Sound.
- Washington Department of Ecology: Marine Flight Program, Water Quality Monitoring. Features women scientists. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvP1g-jcqE8
- Ecology in Focus: Marine Sediment Monitoring in Puget Sound with Maggie Dutch. Describes how scientists collect marine sediments in the Puget Sound http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc-PPq4fZU8&feature=relmfu
- Ecology In Focus: Oil spill Readiness Drill, Richland WA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V51nf47zyEY&feature=relmfu
- Waste audit of office waste at the headquarter offices. Employees sort their garbage to identify how to reduce the waste stream http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CULdmiGE78
4) Facing the Future: Making a Sound Impact Student Video Contest Winners
Check out the three short student videos winners. Videos address protecting and preserving the Puget Sound. http://www.facingthefuture.org/PugetSoundContest/tabid/529/Default.aspx
5) Edudemic’s: 25 TED Talks Perfect for Classrooms
Great selected TED talks. Start with David Gallo’s talk on the wonders of the ocean or Louie Schwatzberg’s Hidden Beauty of Pollinators. Five to seven minutes well spent.
6) Edutopia Top 5-minute films on School Gardens
I highly recommend the first video by the University of Maryland on school gardens.
7) Whale Fall (after life of a whale)
This creative paper-art video by Sharon Shattuck and Flora Lichtman for Sweet Fern Productions depicts what happens when a whale dies in the ocean. This 4.5 minute video describes the biodiversity of the deep ocean by describing the decomposition of a whale.
8) How to talk about Stormwater
Sightline developed this video for professionals to talk simply about stormwater. It is a great introduction to the topic, although it is targeted towards professionals. This could be a good introduction to talk about professional voice.
9) How to Plant it Right.
This 17-minute video describes how to plan and execute riparian restorations. It is narrated by a restoration ecologist. The last seven minutes describe plant cuttings. Stick with the first 10 minutes if you just want to talk about restoration basics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eos3JiOMXEg
10) Department of Ecology: How to monitor for construction stormwater permits
This video is designed for people who need to collect water quality data in order to apply for construction permits. So, not all of the video may be relevant. The first five minutes describe turbidity and its effect of water quality, stormwater issues and pH testing. The rest of the 20-minute video moves pretty slow for students.