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5 steps to implement Ocean School with Google Classroom™

Step 1: Log in and explore Ocean School

Click through the website and explore the media.

Check out the Educational resources to learn about the key concepts and student activities available on Ocean School.

When you're ready to set up your classroom, complete Step 2 to register as an educator and create your Ocean School class.

Step 2: Create your Ocean School class

On the Dashboard, click Create a new class.

With Ocean School only one teacher can manage a class. Classes are not transferable to other teachers.

Create a Class with Google Classroom

Step 3: (optional) Google Classroom only — Customize the activities

When students finish consuming a piece of media on the Ocean School Platform, the Go to activity button directs them to an activity.

Each piece of media on the platform has a corresponding folder in your Google Drive.

You can customize or add documents to those folders before you begin a module with your class. When your students finish a piece of media, they will receive your version of the activity.

For more information, read Customizing Ocean School activities.

Customize Activities with Google Classroom

Step 4: Invite your students to Ocean School

Go to the the Educator Space and click Invite my students.

Your students will receive a Welcome to Ocean School assignment in Google Classroom.


For more information about the student experience, read The student onboarding experience.


Invite Students with Google Classroom

Step 5: Create crews

Ocean School is designed for students to work together in small groups (crews).

Crew members navigate the platform and unlock media together.

Students must create their crews the first time that they log in. If you are using Ocean School with Google Classroom, the Go to activity button on the platform will create a document that is shared within the crew, and with you. For more information, read Managing crews.

If you are not comfortable with students choosing their own crews, you may want to plan crew membership ahead of time.

Students can also work individually — just make one crew per student. Note that you will need more devices (1:1 ratio) and that some of the interactive apps require collaboration.

To create a crew:

Ask your students to:

  1. Follow the steps from the invitation to Ocean School that they received in Google Classroom. The invitation assignment will guide students to create their NFB accounts.
  2. Ask one student from each crew to visit the Class URL provided in the invitation. That student should then log in using their NFB account.
  3. All members of a crew must now log in on the same device to create their crew. After the crew is set up, the students will be able to log in on multiple devices.
  4. The crew members should work together to name the crew and create a flag.