The Siemens Stiftung Media Portal
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The Media Portal offers around 3,200 open educational resources to help teachers provide a diverse, real-world-oriented classroom experience. Whether it’s mathematics, biology, computer science, physics, or chemistry: Here you’ll find a large selection of free digital teaching materials – from worksheets to content packages for interactive whiteboards to exciting educational games. Are you using methods such as inquiry-based learning, inclusive learning, Service-Learning or Design Thinking? Our Media Portal has lots of information and materials on this as well.
The Media Portal and the materials are available in English and German. The roughly 1,300 Spanish media have been moved to our new CREA (Centro de Recursos Educativos Abiertos) educational portal for Latin America.
The latest events, links to interesting portals, news from the OER community, and recent insights into the use of digital media in the classroom.
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
International Youth DayWith the international Day of Action, the United Nations draws attention to the needs and problems of young people and calls for solidarity.
Scifest Africa 2022"Back to Basics" – After two years hosted as a digital event, South Africa's National Science Festival will be held in Makhanda until Sept. 13.
World Literacy Day773 million people worldwide cannot read or write. The UNESCO Day of Action draws attention to this deplorable state of affairs and the importance of literacy for a self-determined life.
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone LayerIn the context of the unfolding climate crisis, it is more important than ever to protect the ozone layer.
International Day for Universal Access to InformationWith this Day of Action, the UN is campaigning for freedom of information worldwide.
World Teachers‘ DayThe UNESCO Day of Action emphasizes the important role that teachers play in quality education.
“KittyQ – A Quantum Adventure” game app
The doorbell rings. Someone has left a box at the door – and a cute kitten is sitting inside, half dead, half alive. Based on Schrödinger’s thought experiment, the KittyQ game app takes students 11 years and older on an adventure through the world of quantum physics. It’s an unusual media tip for STEAM teaching that encourages students to experiment while having fun.
Scifest Africa 2022: Back to the Basics
After two years online, Scifest Africa 2022 is returning live: South Africa‘s National Science Festival will run September 7-13 in Makhanda. Inspired by UNESCO’s current International Year, festival organizers are focusing on the key role of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development during workshops and events. Teachers may visit the exhibition free of charge.
Playing with the climate – and learning a lot
Global warming can only be stopped if everyone works together: In the multiplayer game KEEP COOL mobil, your students virtually take control of global metropolises and directly experience how their local decisions impact the global climate. But watch out: If the temperature indicator increases by over 2°C, everyone loses the game!
Register now: First global 48-hour festival all about OER
The first OERcamp.global will take place December 9-11, co-hosted by the German Commission for UNESCO. For 48 hours online, everyone worldwide can learn, share, and network about Open Education. You will learn about international projects and players true to the motto “Act locally – share globally.”
Make the classroom your laboratory
Our international educational program Experimento presents real-world science and technology content. Students can work entirely on their own to discover interrelationships around the themes of health, energy, and the environment. The content addresses value-shaping issues to help students develop socially aware, conscientious behavior.
Here you can find our editor picks: media packages on topical themes or materials that were particular favorites among our users ...
New on the Media Portal: WBT on being a Paramedic
Paramedics play a crucial role in strengthening the African health system. What does a day in the life of a paramedic look like? What are the job prospects and what do your students already know about sensory organs, hygiene and wound healing? By combining STEAM and vocational orientation through practical examples our new Web-based training (WBT) on Being a Paramedic helps students discover if they can see themselves in this field of work.
New: Training on stochastics – Part I
Being able to deal meaningfully with data and understand probabilities is increasingly important: In our new, three-part training on stochastics, Prof. Dr. Kristina Reiss covers the basics in short video clips. The first part, Introduction to Stochastics, is available in our Trainings area. All content is presented with a reference to daily life and prepared didactically for teaching.
New: Basics of microcontroller programming
How could you determine the concentration of COVID-19 virus aerosols in a classroom? How do you modify an Arduino sketch so that an LED blinks differently? These and other questions are addressed in ten experiments in our new media package Basics of microcontroller programming – using Arduino. The goal is to show students how programming works and to convey ways of thinking that help them in the digitalized world (Computational Thinking).
New: Value education in STEM lessons
The Value education in STEM lessons media package contains worksheets for students and the related instructions for teachers to support value education in STEM teaching. It uses methods such as biographical learning, the value square, and the imaginary journey. The 12 individual media files are suitable for grades 1 to 9.
New: Vocational Orientation WBT as individual media
The videos and audio interviews included in the Web-based trainings Being an agripreneur and Being an electrician are now also available individually. This allows teachers to access them instantly without navigating through the whole training course. Educators can leverage the Vocational Orientation content on the Media Portal to support their efforts to bridge the gap between STEM theory and practice.