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
World Health Day#HealthForAll – This year’s Day of Action focuses on the 75th anniversary of World Health Organization (WHO).
International Mother Earth DayIntact ecosystems are fundamental for life on earth. Restoring them is essential to counteract climate change.
International Day for Biological DiversityA plea by UNESCO for the responsible use of nature and its resources.
LEARNTEC 2023Europe's largest fair for digital education will take place in Karlsruhe (Germany) until 25 May.
Earth Hour 2023Lights off. Climate protection on. Every year, on the last Saturday in March, the WWF calls on people to switch off their lights for one hour at 8:30 pm.
World Environment Day#BeatPlasticPollution – on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Day of Action, the spotlight is on solutions to plastic pollution.
“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: Media package on vaccination
COVID-19 raised many questions in society regarding the human immune system, vaccines, how vaccines work in the body, and possible side effects. For young people to understand and conduct discussions on these topics, it is important to add knowledge about vaccinations to science lessons. Our new Vaccination media package helps teachers impart the necessary basic knowledge.
New H5P types and functions in text media
The “Vaccination” media package contains some new types of H5P exercises such as course presentations and crossword puzzles. In addition, we have added some practical functions to text media: mouse-over information, cross references, and direct links to the materials make the media better and easier to use. Learn more on our News page.
New: Climate change media package – Part II
The second part of our climate change education series focuses on impacts of climate change. While Part I was about understanding global warming, the Climate change media package – Part II addresses the connection with current extreme weather events all over the world. It examines how changes in the climate system impact people, plants, animals, and ecosystems and explains possibilities for adaptation.
New: Climate change media package – Part I
Melting glaciers, extreme droughts, and floods – the consequences of climate change are omnipresent. Our new Climate change media package – Part I launches a multi-part series all about the topic. With 19 individual media files, it is suitable for secondary schools and supports you in conveying basic knowledge to students so they can carry on discussions on the topic and take action themselves.
New: H5P interactive exercise format
In our climate change media package, we have published exercises in the H5P format for the first time. H5P is a free open-source tool that anyone can use to create, edit and individually adapt digital learning materials, even without programming skills. A variety of exercises facilitates interactive, low-threshold access – even to complex topics.