80 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools for Publishing and Development Initiatives Many Open Education Resources (OER) have been introduced by governments, universities, and individuals within the past few years. OERs provide teaching and learning materials that are freely available and offered online for anyone to use. Whether you’re an instructor, student, or self-learner, you have access to full courses, modules, syllabi, lectures, assignments, quizzes, activities, games, simulations, and tools to create these components. While some OERs include OpenCourseWare (OCW) or other educational materials, they may also offer the means to alter those courses through editing, adding to those courses through publication, and the ability to shape the tools that share those resources. Additionally, they may maintain forums or other platforms where individuals can collaborate on building educational tools and documentation and the reach for those materials. This list is not all-inclusive, as resources that offer limited collaboration were excluded.
What Students Really Need to Hear | affectiveliving It’s 4 a.m. I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep. But, I can’t. Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain. Why? This is what students really need to hear: First, you need to know right now that I care about you. Here’s the thing: I lose sleep because of you. Before I tell you why, you should understand the truth about school. The main event is learning how to deal with the harshness of life when it gets difficult — how to overcome problems as simple as a forgotten locker combination, to obnoxious peers, to gossip, to people doubting you, to asking for help in the face of self-doubt, to pushing yourself to concentrate when a million other thoughts and temptations are fingertips away. It is your resilience in conquering the main event — adversity — that truly prepares you for life after school. But, you shouldn’t be worried about the fact that you will face great adversities. Some of you quit by skipping class on your free education. – C. Like this:
Explorer's Guide The PEEP and the Big Wide World Explorer's Guide, designed for early childhood classrooms, invites children and teachers to explore science in the world around them. Six units offer hands-on explorations that lead to rich science learning as well as lots of fun. Each unit features an animated PEEP story and related live-action video clips in both English and Spanish. Family Science letters — also in English and Spanish — encourage families to continue the exploration and learning at home. (PDF files can be viewed and printed using the free Adobe Reader.) Family Science Letters – 2MB PDF Share simple ideas for science play at home, along with recommended books and online activities. Introduction – 403KB PDF Welcome to the PEEP Explorer's Guide. Preschool Science: The PEEP Approach – 478KB PDF Learn about the PEEP approach to preschool science. Explore Shadows Outdoors, make shadows in the sunlight. Explore Water Explore Plants Indoors, plant seeds and bulbs and track their growth. Explore Color
The Science Spot Browse All Chelsea Cutting from Mount Gambier, South Australia, tells us about the real-world connections her students are able to make after using Illumination resources. Jan Gebert is an Illuminations lesson plan reviewer and instructor of professional and secondary education at East Stroudsburg University. So she definitely knows a thing or two about quality lessons. Illuminations asked her for her favorite out of our 600+ lessons. Deeanna Golden, a teacher of 24 years at F.M. Answers the questions, "When will I ever need to solve a system of equations?" Physical and virtual manipulatives are used to explore and discover conic sections by cutting a cone with a plane. Use a series of 3 hands-on activities to develop and reinforce students' understanding of hundredths as fractions, decimals, and percentages. Relate linear equations and graphs in a game of ships and attacks. Construct a scale drawing of a regulation dartboard using geometry and measurement.
Feast Your Eyes on This Beautiful Linguistic Family Tree 552K 18.4KShare337 When linguists talk about the historical relationship between languages, they use a tree metaphor. An ancient source (say, Indo-European) has various branches (e.g., Romance, Germanic), which themselves have branches (West Germanic, North Germanic), which feed into specific languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian). Also worth checking out is the page before the tree, where she gives a comparison chart of words in the Nordic languages, and illustrates what an outlier Finnish is with the concept of “meow.” You can order a poster version here. October 23, 2014 - 5:00pm ©2016 Mental Floss, Inc.
Welcome to the Chemical Education Digital Library Scientific American Frontiers . For Educators Print FRONTIERS teaching materials with just one click! Check out the PDF versions of our most recent guides. Find some great ideas for class science projects in Alan Recommends. Test your students with our online Quiz for each show. Correct quizzes can be entered into a drawing for a prize! Teaching Materials Each SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS program is accompanied by an online teaching guide filled with science activities. Each activity is written to the student, with a separate page for answers where appropriate, and National Science Standards and Curriculum Links. Most Recent Teaching Guides Season 15 Teaching Guides (Fall 2004-Spring 2005) Surgical Slimmers - Premiered January 19, 2005 Cars That Think - Premiered January 26, 2005 Going Deep - Premiered February 2, 2005 Chimp Minds - Premiered February 9, 2005 Hot Planet - Cold Comfort - Premiered February 16, 2005 Hydrogen Hopes - Premiered February 23, 2005 Hidden Motives - Premiered March 2, 2005 Don't Forget!
Open education materials for pre-Kindergarten to high school students I am a community moderator for opensource.com as well as a mother, a librarian, and a former public school teacher. When I began writing for this site over two years ago, it was due to my son's education and how both private and public schools were largely neglecting digital technology, global citizenship, and digital literacy. What I have discovered since exploring open source materials for children and teens is astonishing. The amount of open source materials is simply breathtaking. Every day more and more open source materials become available and accessible to all. Open source materials: where? A. Use the key search terms: teacher AND free AND resources 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Expand your search outside your local area, state, province, or country and the amount of free and open educational materials only increases. Note the line between what is considered open source and what is not is often gray for non open source purists. B. C. 1. 2. 3. D. E.
Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains iStock By NPR Staff Teens can’t control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why? Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. “Teenagers are not as readily able to access their frontal lobe to say, ‘Oh, I better not do this,’ ” Dr. Jensen, who’s a neuroscientist and was a single mother of two boys who are now in their 20s, wrote The Teenage Brain to explore the science of how the brain grows — and why teenagers can be especially impulsive, moody and not very good at responsible decision-making. “We have a natural insulation … called myelin,” she says. This insulation process starts in the back of the brain and heads toward the front. “The last place to be connected — to be fully myelinated — is the front of your brain,” Jensen says. This research also explains why teenagers can be especially susceptible to addictions — including drugs, alcohol, smoking and digital devices. Interview Highlights On why teenagers are more prone to addiction Related
Edheads - Activate Your Mind! Teacher resources available through the NSRC It will soon be time for the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs) this summer! In collaboration with other museums and units of the Smithsonian, the SSEC works to create and deliver week-long professional development academies for teachers of science. The weeklong academies were developed to bridge the gap between formal and informal science education by combining training in science content and pedagogy with behind the scenes experiences at a wide variety of Smithsonian units, Smithsonian Affiliate partners, and world-class science research facilities throughout the Washington DC area. This years academies include the Biodiversity Academy; Energy: Past, Present, and Future; and Earth's History and Global Change Academy. Can't wait until the 2014 SSEATs?
Children's search engines; 13 reviewed and assessed Introduction When searching the internet - particularly with children in mind, it's important to ensure that you can feel safe with what they are doing, and where they are going. There are a fair number of child friendly search engines available - at least, that's what they call themselves, so I decided to take a look at them to see what I thought of them. I choose a few terms that I was keen on trying out - ‘dogging’ which is a British term (I believe) for a certain type of sexual practice that generally takes place in car parks, blue tits - for obvious reasons, and schoolgirl - again for obvious reasons. Several engines use a variant of Google search with the safe search function on, so I thought it was best to try that first. Aga-Kids < A bright interface, with some categories and a word cloud. AOL Kids < Nice bright opening screen with the invitation to ‘find something awesome’ and links to interesting video articles. Yahoo! Summary.