How To Connect


How does this work?

SeaTrek.TV lessons are one-to-one classroom experiences where students can ask their questions in real time. They are two-way, interactive video connections between your school or organization and our laboratory in Florida using internet technology. They are available at flexible times. We can see and hear your learners and they can see and hear us.

There are many ways to connect with us for interactive video lessons. Some schools and organizations use dedicated video systems from Polycom, Cisco and LifeSize. These hardware systems are often called H.323 codecs after the communication standard they used to "talk" to each other. There are also numerous software-based video solutions available like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts and much more. We are as flexible as possible in making your connection request. If you have any questions about how to receive a SeaTrek.TV lesson, please contact us.

Basic Recommended Technology

  1. Computer or videoconference system (aka, codec). Many teachers simply use a laptop to connect. The laptop will run Zoom, Skype or a similar software-based video solution. A dedicated videoconferencing system like those from Polycom or LifeSize will often have better cameras and microphones than a laptop or desktop computer.
  2. Large screen TV or projector. Since this is a a two-way video connection, we recommend using a large, bright TV screen over a projector when possible. It is tempting to turn off the lights when using a projector, but then we can't see your learners.
  3. Webcam or video camcorder. Most laptops have a built in webcam. This can be difficult to position and is really designed for use by one person sitting at the laptop, not for showing an entire room. A better choice is a video camcorder or removable webcam that can be position and focused independently of the computer or codec.
  4. High-speed internet connection (Wired ethernet preferred. Wireless not recommended). Wireless internet can be subject to interference. We recommend a wired connection whenever possible.
  5. Speaker/microphone. A high quality speaker/microphone is essential for a quality connection. Many times teachers will pipe the audio from the connection to the room speakers. This sounds good in the classroom but can cause feedback on our side. A speaker/microphone will usually have built in echo-cancellation that eliminates feedback.

Request a Lesson

SeaTrek.TV lessons are available in 25 and 50 minute lengths for grades K-12+. Check our LESSON GUIDE for a full catalog of our lessons. Click the lesson Info button for details on standards, length, price and resources. To see the available dates, click the Book button to begin your request. After we receive your request, we will verify your information and lesson availability within one business day. Your request is considered tentative until you receive a final confirmation email from us.

Billing

For lessons with a fee, a statement will be sent to you via email and we will invoice you after successful delivery of each lesson. Payment is due in full upon receipt of the invoice. Checks should be made out to Mote Marine Laboratory, Inc.
Please send payment to: 
MOTE MARINE LABORATORY
ATTN: EDUCATION DIVISION
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, Florida 34236
A 1 1/2% late charge will be added thirty days after the invoice date. Non-payment will result in the denial of further requests from your organization.

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your confirmed lesson date to avoid billing. You may connect with us up to 10 minutes prior to your scheduled start time to ensure the quality of the connection. However, you must connect with us no later than 15 minutes after your start time to avoid cancellation and billing. Lesson fees will not be waived due to technical problems unless reliably traced to a malfunction on our end. You may schedule a separate, free Tech Check prior to your lesson to ensure the quality of your connection.

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