Welcome to WhaleNet This packet gives you the information that you need to begin using WhaleNet in your classroom. This packet contains the following information: 1. Instructions on How to Access WhaleNet 2. Start-up WhaleNet Activities 3. Instructions for recording whale watch data. 4. Instructions on how to input data into the WhaleNet program 5. Marine mammal species sheet with abbreviations 6. Whale Study Data Sheet 7. WhaleNet data base Information Sheet 8. Supplemental Materials information Please feel free to contact us for further information. Mr. Michael Williamson Mr. Paul Colombo Dr. Karen Talentino WhaleNet Coordinator Co-Director EnviroNet Co-Director EnviroNet Science Dept. Dept. of Biology Simmons College 200 Riverway 300 Fenway 300 Fenway Boston, MA 02215 Boston, MA 02115 Boston, MA 02115 617/734-5200, x256 617/521-2665 617/617/521-2666 Mwilliamson@vmsvax.simmons.edu Pcolombo@vmsvax.simmons.edu Ktalentino@vmsvax.simmons.edu WhaleNet is a teacher enhancement project funded by the National Science Foundation (RED-9454757) and sponsored by Wheelock College and Simmons College in Boston. The purpose of the WhaleNet is to enhance science education and environmental awareness using interdisciplinary learning through the use of telecommunications. Affiliates' Organizations Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic American Cetacean Society Atlantic Cetacean Research Center Briar Island Ocean Study, N.S. Buffalo Museum of Science Cape Ann Whale Watch Captain Tim Brady & Sons Whale Watch Carolina Ocean Study Programs Cetacean Research Unit Cetacean Society International Ceta-Research, Inc., Nfld.. Compagnie de la Baie de Tadoussac, P.Q. Dolphin Fleet Frenchman Bay Whale Watch Co. Gulf of Maine Aquarium Gulf of Maine Marine Ed. Assoc. Hatfield Marine Science Center, OR Hyannis Whale Watcher International Wildlife Coalition Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. Manomet Bird Observatory Marine Education Center of Cape Ann Marine Education & Research Group Marine Mammal Center Massachusetts Audubon Society Massachusetts Marine Educators Mingan Island Cetacean Study M.I.T.S. Newburyport Whale Watch New England Aquarium Pelagic Research Lab -NEA Stranding Network-NEA Teacher Resource Center-NEA New England Science Center New England Whale Watch New Hampshire Seacoast Cruises North Carolina Sea Grant Northeast Whale Watch Odyssey Whale Watch Portuguese Princess Whale Watch Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies Quebec-Labrador Foundation Seattle Public Schools Seven Seas Whale Watch Simmons College Twillingate Island Boat Tours, Nfld. U. of Alaska Southeast UC Santa Barbara UNH Sea Grant Virginia Marine Science Museum Whale Conservation Institute Wheelock College Yankee Fleet Zoo Atlanta Expand Your Educational Horizons with Telecommunications WhaleNet, in conjunction with research groups, educational organizations, and whale watch companies, provides a program to enhance the educational opportunities of students. WhaleNet offers, students and teachers, curriculum support, a source of data for interdisciplinary classroom activities , and interactive informational support through WhaleNet/EnviroNet utilizing telecommunications. WhaleNet provides a system where students, teachers, and researchers collect data on their whale watching cruises and compile their data on the WhaleNet bulletin board. The data is then shared, via WhaleNet, with schools for interdisciplinary curricular activities and student research in their respective classrooms world-wide. WhaleNet is establishing Internet communication between classes from around the world so that students can use collaborative learning, compare and relate their experiences, data, and knowledge with one another. WhaleNet is an interdisciplinary program to enhance science education and environmental awareness using telecommunications. WhaleNet, part of EnviroNet, is an enhancement project funded by the National Science Foundation and sponsored by Wheelock College and Simmons College in Boston. Class activities may be supplemented with information packets with materials supplied by WhaleNet. Plans to build a life-sized (55 ft.) inflatable whale that the students can actually walk through are also available through WhaleNet. Also available are Interactive CD-Rom and curriculum materials and the Elementary Whale Study Curriculum (EWSC) developed by Whale Conservation Institute and the Discovery Channel, and the booklets Whale Watches as Interdisciplinary Teaching Opportunities, The World of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises -- Interdisciplinary Curriculum Activities for Pre-K through High School, and Marine Science Activities on a Budget. WhaleNet curricula support continues through the winter months by utilizing information from the humpback southern breeding areas, WCI Patagonia right whale research, and research information on tracking whales, ocean toxics (ECOTOX), and bioacoustics supplied by the voyages of the WCI research vessel Odyssey. If you are interested in receiving an information packet, participating in the program, or learning more you can contact me, Michael Williamson, WhaleNet Coordinator at 617/734- 5200, X256 or 508/468-4699, or Dr. Karen Talentino or Paul Colombo, EnviroNet co-directors, Park Science Bldg., Simmons College, 300 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115, 617/521-2665,. E-Mail : Michael Williamson MWILLIAMSON@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Paul Colombo PCOLOMBO@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Dr. Karen Talentino KTALENTINO@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU GUEST INSTRUCTIONS FOR EnviroNet / WhaleNet LOGINS The following are some directions to access our network as a "guest". Please feel free to browse through our bulletin boards and let us know if you find them a help to your instruction. Bold type indicates information that you type.