The Siemens Stiftung Media Portal
Looking for high-quality teaching material?
The Media Portal offers more than 4,000 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 or Service-Learning? Our Media Portal has lots of information and materials on this as well.
The Media Portal and the materials are available in English, German, and Spanish.
The latest events, links to interesting portals, news from the OER community, and recent insights into the use of digital media in the classroom.
World Water Day 2020In many places, climate change is leading to water shortages. The action day draws attention to challenges and opportunities in dealing with this resource.
didacta postponed due to CoronaMesse Stuttgart is already working intensively on an alternative date.
Scifest AfricaSouth Africa’s largest national science festival wants young people to get excited about STEM. Numerous exhibitions, workshops, and events highlight how STEM subjects affect our lives.
Teaching from home and homeschooling
School closures are very challenging for all of you. In addition to the about 4,000 OER for STEM lessons, the Media Portal offers useful functions that can support you in networked teaching and learning with your students and their parents. Have a look to the most important ones here.
Participate in the Open Education Week
From 2 to 6 March, with around 220 submissions, the spectrum of the international open education movement will once again be on show: The week-long OE Week spotlights amazing work from over a dozen categories including live, face-to-face events, webinars, projects, and resources. Of course, the Media Portal will be part of it.
Comenius EduMedia Seal for the Media Portal
Great joy for our education team: The Gesellschaft für Pädagogik, Information und Medien e. V. was very impressed with the quality of our media and our commitment to high-quality STEM lessons, and has honored the Media Portal with the prestigious Comenius EduMedia Seal.
Coding in STEM education – Basic programming skills
Can you program a watering can? Or measure the temperature with a glove? The “Coding in STEM education” brochure published by Science on Stage e.V. shows how tasks like these can be implemented using microcontrollers. It provides practical advice for elementary schools and especially for secondary schools.
The media portal celebrates its birthday
It was exactly ten years ago, in May 2009, that we launched the Media Portal. Our goal: to provide teachers with free, high-quality digital teaching materials for the STEM subjects. A lot has happened since then. Curious? Click through our photo gallery, where we’ve chronicled the developments of the past ten years for you.
Environmental protection in the classroom: Three diverse learning packs
Would you like to teach the topic of environmental protection to your class in a diverse, easy-to-understand way? With the free Global Ideas learning packs, the environmental series from Deutsche Welle, you can use an effective, exciting multimedia approach to cover topics such as plastic waste or the forest.
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 ...
Tip: Why do we wash our hands?
Regular, thorough hand hygiene is an effective protection against pathogens such as the coronavirus. How come? Our media package "Skin and hygiene" provides concrete, varied experiments and information materials to explain correlations and raise awareness to the topic: How does soap work? How can diseases be spread via our hands? Why does washing our hands protect?
New: media package Big Data
Instagram, WhatsApp, or in virtual gaming worlds – most young people use and leave behind large volumes of data, usually unknowingly. The media package "Big Data" helps students recognize the effect of big data and form their own opinion on the topic. With an explanatory video, practical examples and interviews, it provides a comprehensive working basis for teaching at secondary schools.
Updated: The photosynthesis is the only natural process, which can store solar energy permanently and at the same time ensures the formation of oxygen. The updated media package explains the physiological process through interactive graphics, videos and a simulation. The materials are suitable for chemistry and biology classes from grade 7 onwards.
Are pan drippings and salad dressings emulsions? Which separation methods are suitable for producing drinking water from seawater? The Mixtures of substances and separation methods multiple choice test from the Experimento | 10+ How does waste separation work? media package provides 18 questions for students to check their knowledge in chemistry class.
Our interactive exercises and learning modules are going mobile: We’re replacing the Adobe Flash format with the open standard HTML5. This makes it possible to use the materials on all mobile devices without running Adobe Flash Player. Here you’ll find all the media that have already been converted, including Trade winds, Dangers to tropical rainforests, Find axes of symmetry, Detection reaction for unsaturated fats, and The natural water cycle.
How is wind produced? What is the anatomy of the eye? These and other questions related to the human body and the environment are answered in four videos for elementary school. Short and concise, they present the learning content in a way that’s particularly easy to remember. The videos, which are 30 seconds to two minutes long, are suitable, for example, as an introduction to topics in personal, social and health education.
Lightweight and fast in the air but heavy and slow on the ground, airplanes are quite fascinating to elementary school children. A few of the children will certainly have flown in an airplane, but how many of them know the terms cockpit, tail fin, or engine, and can match them to a passenger plane? “The parts of an airplane” interactive graphic puts the children’s knowledge to the test.
From the structure of a water molecule and the evaporation process to the topic of water shortages, “The water cycle” media package supports teachers with graphics, interactive modules, and much more for real-world-oriented geography teaching in grades 5 to 7. Divided into three sequences, the contents can be adapted to the class levels.
How do economies work, and what does globalization mean? The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos generates a lot of headlines in January and offers a good opportunity for a classroom discussion about global trade and international relations. The interactive graphic “A few countries of the world” familiarizes students with the various continents and provides detailed information on 15 selected countries.