The Siemens Stiftung Media Portal
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The Media Portal offers more than 4,300 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.
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
International Mother Earth DayClimate change is one of the largest threats to sustainable development globally and one of many imbalances caused by the unsustainable actions of humankind.
UNESCO World Book and Copyright DayIt is not only in times of school closures that reading and sharing connects us humans.
International Day of LightOn the Action Day, UNESCO will draw attention to the important role of light in education, culture and science.
UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable DevelopmentThe virtual conference will take place from 17-19 May. The focus is on the teaching of future-oriented competencies in education.
International Day for Biological DiversityA plea by UNESCO for the responsible use of nature and its resources.
World Environment DayHow can we protect ecosystems and repair damage that has already occurred? The UN's Day of Action in 2021 is all about "Ecosystem Restoration.
World Oceans DayWith this year's motto "Life and Livelihoods", the UN is calling for attention to the threat to the world's oceans and their importance as a basis for life.
Online lessons and distance learning
School closures are very challenging for all of you. In addition to the about 4,300 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 and discover: Open Education Week 2021
This year’s international OE Week will show how multifaceted and lively the OER movement is. From March 1 to 5, committed players worldwide will virtually provide insights into their latest projects, share their experiences in webinars, and present exciting teaching and learning media.
UNESCO’s new teacher’s guide takes on global waste
Small actions lead to big results! UNESCO’s new teacher’s guide “Trash Hack – Action learning for sustainable development” offers great ideas for addressing the topic of waste in the classroom. Action-based activities show how students can help tackle this global problem with small changes in their daily lives.
Contest Against Corona until December 11
Knowledge is the best way to fight COVID-19. With the Contest Against Corona, the e-learning platform atingi provides a fun way to gain valuable knowledge about the virus by playing a quiz against thousands of others, available in English, French, and Arabic. You even have the chance to win prizes.
“Go Goals!” – The clever sustainability board game
The “Go Goals!” dice board game makes learning fun. The players answer exciting questions about the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, learning in a playful way what sustainability means and why it is so important. Simply print the game and start the questions!
New Web-based training on agripreneurship
Following our Web-based training (WBT) on the electrician profession, our second WBT focuses on the job profile of the agripreneur – a combination of agriculture and entrepreneurship. The WBT is an interactive course for students that links STEM and Vocational Orientation and shows various perspectives and innovations in the agricultural sector.
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 algorithms
Automated processes such as navigation, traffic lights, and analysis of personal data online involve algorithmic systems. The media package Algorithms in our everyday lives covers how these systems work, where they occur, and what we should know about them. It comprises 23 multimedia files with increasing levels of difficulty for information technology, engineering, business education, ethics, and civics and politics starting from grade 7.
New: Vocational Orientation media packages
We have provided new media packages on Vocational Orientation that focus on the link to STEM, for instance, on the topic of renewable energies. Our program aims to enable teachers to bridge the gap between school theory and practical application based on the curriculum. The subject didactics are supplemented by corresponding Documents for teachers.
New: Media package Artificial intelligence (AI)
What is AI? How does it work? Where is it used? Our new media package Artificial intelligence presents students in grade 7 and higher with basic knowledge and the opportunities and challenges of AI. With a teacher’s guide, video, audio interviews, documents, graphics, and interactive exercises, the media package is suitable for engineering and information technology, but also for ethics, civics and politics, and business education.
Media tips for teaching from home
Here, we will present to you selected materials from the Media Portal that are well suited for self-learning at home – sorted by grade, subject and topic:
Elementary school, Nature and technology: Energy sources
Grade 5 to 8, Physics:
Grades 9 to 12, Physics:
The Stirling engine
Tip: Design Thinking in STEM lessons
Design Thinking is an excellent method in STEM lessons for making global challenges tangible in a creative way and for developing solutions. Students work in teams to develop ideas, build prototypes, and test the prototypes’ impact. We present the concept in depth on our Methods page.