Classroom Education Resources

Coral reefs are a true wonder of our world and a priceless natural heritage – yet we’re now living in a world that is greatly impacting on them. OAA supports education in science / geography / sustainability with its authoritative classroom resources.

Featuring leading Australian scientists Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Dr. Peter Harrison, this comprehensive package of educational video presentations and teacher support materials provides a superb introduction to coral reef biology and outlines the major threats to these fragile ecosystems.

Created in collaboration with Education Services Australia, The Le@rning Federation, Specialty Studios and Plankton Productions, this series of video modules have been produced with support that includes footage from OAA Development Partners.

Based on the definitive 27-minute video Climate Change: Coral Reefs on the Edge – includes Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg’s entire presentation about the effects of CO2 on coral reefs. Four derived videos modules adapted for classroom use are included within the educational resource entitled Climate Change and Coral Reefs along with teacher’s guide, student templates and innovative group discussion format ‘The Climate Café’.

Presented by Dr. ‘Kiki’ Sanford are:
Introduction to Climate Change and Coral Reefs
Ocean Acidification
Coral Bleaching
The Future of Coral Reefs

A second set of 5 videos entitled Exploring Coral Reefs features Dr. Peter Harrison, Professor in Marine Biology and Director of Marine Studies at Southern Cross University, Australia. Topics covered in these video modules include:

The Work of a Coral Reef Scientist
Coral Reef Reproduction
Coral Reef Mass Spawning
Coral Repair Mechanisms
Coral Survival

The entire collection of video modules along with support materials form a substantial, unique and valuable resource for marine education and conservation for students and educators aligned with curriculum standards in science / geography / sustainability.

Available in Australia here:

All resources are provided free of charge to Australian teachers and students and are delivered through The National Digital Learning Resources Network (NDLRN).

The digital student resources and teacher support materials are aligned to the Australian state and territory curriculums and are accessible through state and territory education portals and the national portal Scootle.

Scootle enables users to browse, search and use filters. Search the keywords
“Coral Reefs and Climate Change” for all related resources and materials:

Available in USA (and Rest of World) here:

Available in the USA through distribution partner The VideoProject on DVD or as a streaming license here:

Coral Reefs and Climate Change:

Exploring Coral Reefs: Reproduction and Survival:

See also definative 27min video Climate Change: Coral Reefs on the Edge presented by Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg about the effects of CO2.


Educational Video ‘Modules’ – featuring Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Dr Peter Harrisson are presented by Dr. ‘Kiki’ Sanford, educator, research scientist, founder and host of This Week in Science, a weekly radio show / podcast broadcast from U.C. Davis.


… sensitive to the issues and their gravity while still providing some hope within the context of individual and group action, starting with each student personally.

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Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg presents:
Climate Change: Reefs on the Edge – a 27min video about the effects of CO2 on Coral Reefs.


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