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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.

Digital materials under open license (OER) help a lot to support each other and to encourage the exchange between us: they may be modified, augmented with your own content, and shared. It’s legal, worry-free, and easy. Our quality-checked OER for STEM lessons are interdisciplinary, for all types of schools and grade levels, ranging from detailed texts and short videos, to experiments and interactive formats, to complete packages on various topics. They’re available for teaching and self-learning.

But the Media Portal can do even more to support you now:

Communicate easily with your class and their parents

Create personal bookmark lists where you collect the individual media files of your choice. You can share them with other teachers, students, or parents easily and conveniently at the click of a button. You can add and remove individual media files, add a descriptive text, and also limit the availability to any time period you select. Go to the instructions

Look for the blotch: Self-learning media for your class

The self-learning offering follows a multimedia, diverse approach. Within the media and topic packages for teachers, appropriate materials are identified with the “student’s blotch” and can be forwarded directly to your students.

Experiments, puzzles, tests, educational games, and explanatory videos are found in a separate student's area – let the pupils explore this area independently or conduct experiments with their parents.

Find suitable content quickly and easily

Which media lend themselves to your work with your class at this special situation? Teacher instructions and detailed guidelines provide an overview of the individual media and possible usage scenarios. This enables you to quickly decide which worksheet is currently particularly suitable.



Also take a look at our media selection for teaching from home:
In the next few weeks you will regularly find here new tips on how to use our media.

28
May
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: The human ear

The Structure and function of the ear information sheet shows how this sense organ is structured, how it functions, and how the sense of hearing and the sense of balance differ. In the Structure of the ear interactive exercise, the students label the parts of the ear by dragging and dropping.

28
May
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: Water shortages

The interactive information module Overcoming water shortages presents various solutions to this problem, from local water production to global prevention measures. In addition, the link list Water shortage and drinking water is suitable for own research.

28
May
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: Energy converters

From sunbathing to nuclear fusion: The examples in the Energy conversion processes in everyday life information sheet illustrate the variety of conversion processes. The students can apply their knowledge in the Energy converter interactive matching exercise.

© Timamu

28
May
2020

Informative COVID-19 song from Tanzania

In his song Corona Tanzanian musician Timamu highlights how everyone can help fight the spread of Corona. Creatively he emphasizes the importance of personal hygiene and seeking medical help when experiencing any symptoms.

05
May
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: Customs

The Festivals in different countries information sheet can perhaps provide excellent information, especially in these times, about the value that traditional large festivals have for many people. In the interactive exercise of the same name, students match the festivals to the countries.

05
May
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: pH value

The pH value in the human body information sheet together with the pH values in the body and in everyday products interactive graphic provide the theoretical principles for acids, bases, and pH value. The students can apply the learned material using an interactive exercise.

05
May
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: Electrochemical voltage

The Electrochemical voltage series information sheet introduces the topic, and the students can test their knowledge using the Designing an electrochemical voltage series matching exercise. The voltage series is illustrated in the Daniell cell simulation, which shows the discharge process of a galvanic cell.

© Welthungerhilfe / WASH United

24
Apr
2020

Comic strip from Welthungerhilfe: No chance for corona

Amina and her friends are stuck at home. Instead of playing together outside or going to school, they are trapped with their parents all day long, often in confined spaces. A comic strip and a video from Welthungerhilfe for children and young people age 10 and older explain the coronavirus and the associated restrictions and preventive measures.

Although children and adolescents are not likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19, they are massively affected by the corona pandemic. Why is it so important to stay at home, maintain proper distance, and wash their hands regularly? What is corona and how is the virus transmitted? Understanding this and knowing how to protect themselves and others helps the young readers deal with the difficult situation. The clearly designed comic strip sensitively addresses the young people’s questions and concerns, explains why normal life is so drastically restricted at this time, and provides tips for preventing the spread of the virus.

The comic was developed by the German aid organization Welthungerhilfe and WASH United in conjunction with the Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine in Berlin, and it can be downloaded free of charge. It may be used, reproduced, and disseminated for non-commercial purposes without limitation. Translation into various African languages such as Arabic, Kiswahili, and Somali is planned. The story of the four friends is also available as a YouTube video.

To the materials on the Welthungerhilfe website.

16
Apr
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: Symmetry

The Symmetry – what is that? information sheet uses simple words and examples from everyday life to explain the basics of the subject matter. The learned material can be applied using these two interactive exercises: Which of the objects does not have reflection symmetry? multiple-choice test and Arithmetic with a mirror calculation task.

16
Apr
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: Water cycle

The Earth’s water cycle (student instructions) experiment can be carried out as a weekly task. The required materials are usually available at home. The Experiment on the water cycle interactive multiple-choice test checks the students’ understanding.

16
Apr
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: Renewable energies/Electricity at home

The students can become acquainted with the topic on their own using the Overview of energy sources information sheet and the Advantages and disadvantages of energy sources interactive graphic. A possible task using the Comparison of electricity production costs information sheet is for the students to work together with their parents to calculate the costs in their own home.

12
Mar
2020

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?

© atingi

3
Mar
2020

atingi in Africa

The new digital learning platform atingi aims to reach young people in Africa with e-learning offerings. By providing need-based, free teaching units, the platform hopes to increase vocational training opportunities and thus improve the potential for income.

atingi was initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation). Siemens Stiftung contributes content on vocational orientation in the STEM fields.

Visit atingi

CC BY 4.0 Open Education Week

02
Mar
2020

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.

Founded in 2013 by the Open Education Global (previously Open Education Consortium), the goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness and showcase impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide.

All submissions and information on how to participate can be found on the Open Education Week project page.

27
Jun
2019

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.

“It makes us proud to receive this award for the Media Portal, which we care about very deeply,” said Corinna Hartung, project manager of the Portal. “It confirms our commitment to support teachers in designing innovative, digitally enhanced lessons with quality-tested media. This award will certainly help the Media Portal become even better known, and the educational media, the teacher handouts, and the method pages will be used even more frequently.”

The number of users of the free Media Portal already nearly doubled last year. One reason is certainly the fact that all materials are offered as Open Educational Resources (OER). This is an advantage especially in diverse classrooms, because it allows teachers to adapt, individualize, and jointly enhance the OER to meet their teaching and support needs without violating the law.

About the Comenius EduMedia Awards
The Gesellschaft für Pädagogik, Information und Medien e. V. is presenting the Comenius EduMedia Awards for the 24th time this year. Its goal is to promote outstanding digital educational media as well as teaching and learning management systems. To ensure independent evaluation, a jury of European educational experts from the Institut für Bildung und Medien assesses the multimedia products.

Comenius-EduMedia-Award 2019 (German)

© Science on Stage

17
Jun
2019

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.

An international team of teachers presents concrete hands-on examples and practical advice in 11 teaching units. These units show how programming can be learned in biology, chemistry, technology, mathematics, and physics lessons using microcontrollers such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, even if you aren’t an IT expert.

The brochure is suitable as an introduction to coding for both teachers and students. Quick success is fun, provides motivation for the topic, and creates an interest to learn more. The material is available free of charge as a print version or PDF file.

Materials for "Coding in STEM education"

© Deutsche Welle

18
Apr
2019

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. The target group is students between the ages of 12 and 16.

The materials illustrate worldwide correlations and offer a compelling global approach. The videos, articles, and interactive Web documentation consist largely of journalistic content by Deutsche Welle prepared for use in teaching. Specially developed games, posters, experimentation instructions, and worksheets round out the offering. Handouts for educators help you prepare and teach the units. You can use the contents online, download them, or request to have a printed version sent to you with a DVD. The materials are available in German, English, and Spanish and may be used by educational institutions for non-commercial purposes.

Global Ideas learning packs

"Teilchenmodell Rauch" from B.Lachner under a CC0 license.

04
Dec
2018

Free platform for clipart

Whether you’re looking for a schematic design for an experiment, a diagram, or an animated drawing: At openclipart.org you’ll find an extensive collection of illustrations to make your teaching materials come to life. All clipart is available with no registration required under a CC0 license. That means that it can be copied, modified, compiled, and shared without restriction.

The platform offers more than 150,000 pieces of clipart on various topics in the form of abstract representations, drawings, and illustrations. The search and download features are also simple and easy to use. Users can also upload their own clipart to the platform, make it available to the public, and discuss it with the community. Under the Creative Commons license CC0, the author waives all rights to the material. The clipart enters the public domain and may be used without restriction.

Visit openclipart.org

© Science on Stage Deutschland e.V.

31
Oct
2018

Lilu’s House: Language Skills through Experiments

Why does the mirror fog up when I take a shower? Why do I see my reflection upside-down in a spoon? For children, everyday life is full of questions. The new brochure titled “Lilu’s House – Language Skills through Experiments” from the nonprofit educational initiative Science on Stage Deutschland e.V. provides ideas for science topics in personal, social, and health education (PSHE) in elementary school.

Lilu, a fantasy creature, explores a house together with Alina, a young girl. Wherever they go, whether to the living room, the kitchen, or the bathroom, there’s always something to discover! The brochure presents Lilu’s and Alina’s observations in fun and entertaining experiments, teaches basic scientific skills, and simultaneously fosters the children’s skills in reading, writing, and speaking. The experiment units are complemented by a methodology section plus texts and tasks at different difficulty levels.

The brochure and additional materials – developed by elementary school teachers from seven European countries – are available in English and German. You may download them free of charge from Science on Stage.

© International GeGebra Institute

25
Jun
2018

GeoGebra – open software and materials for math and science

GeoGebra is free math software that gives you a simple, dynamic option for creating assignments, tables, and diagrams for algebra, geometry, analysis, or statistics. The platform now features over one million materials created by teachers and available under an open license for teaching math and science.

There’s something for every age group and class level, from basic arithmetic assignments, calculations of the volume of various bodies with customizable size parameters, calculations and presentations of derivative functions, and integrals of various function types. This allows students to explore and internalize interrelationships, prepare for exams, and increase their knowledge either on their own at home or with their classmates at school.

The software and app are free for anyone using them on a non-commercial basis. The app can be used either online through a browser or offline through the downloaded software. All the materials are available at no cost under Creative Commons licenses, typically CC-BY-SA. No registration is required to use GeoGebra.

© Science on Stage Deutschland e.V.

15
Jun
2018

Football in science teaching with iStage 3

What is the perfect curve of a ball’s trajectory? What special attributes must football field turf have? What is the World Cup’s carbon footprint?

The greater subject of soccer, or association football, is also perfect for discussing STEM subjects: Twenty teachers from fifteen European countries have developed twelve teaching units that illustrate how the popular sport scores goals in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and technology classes. The brochure offers secondary school teachers a broad interdisciplinary spectrum of experiments – from air density measurements in the ball to the impact of energy drinks on players’ physical performance to calculations of the likelihood that a penalty kick will succeed – giving students the opportunity to independently discover and research the scientific phenomena of football.

“iStage 3 – Football in STEM education” is available for free download in English, German, Spanish, Hungarian, French, Polish, Czech, and Swedish.

© Siemens Stiftung

23
Apr
2018

New look, new content, exclusively OER

The Media Portal relaunch is complete. What’s unchanged: more than 3,500 quality-controlled teaching materials for STEM education. What’s new: We now rely entirely on OER, have broadened our outreach beyond teachers to include students, offer tips for integrating the media into teaching methods … and much more.

Dear users of the Media Portal,
We have redesigned the Media Portal for STEM teaching - from today on it is purely an OER (open educational resource) portal. Our goal is to organize the Media Portal to be more attractive, more informative, and more useful for you. We’re sending you this letter to inform you about the changes to the Media Portal. Your opinion is important to us and we’re grateful for your feedback, which you can send to mediaportal@siemens-stiftung.org.

How time flies! We went online with the portal for the first time in May 2009 with 600 media on the topics of energy, the environment, and health. Since then, our media offerings have continually expanded. In 2015, we officially joined the OER movement, meaning that all the materials we create can be downloaded, edited, and shared. The Media Portal currently offers over 3,500 OERs for use in science and technology subjects. The media are available in German, English, and Spanish.

Your use of the Media Portal encourages us in our work!
So far we have counted ...

  • 1,949,713 downloads,
  • 204,615 live views and
  • 47,412 registered users from 120 countries

Here is a brief summary of the novelties to the Media Portal

  • On the Media Portal, you will now find exclusively OERs, which means that you can download, edit, and share all media without registering. In the future, you will no longer be able to access older media on the Media Portal that were not available under a free license. However, we’re in the process of converting more and more media to OER.
  • When you search for media in the future, you’ll be able to decide whether you want to search for media packages or individual media files. In addition, we have improved our filtering and sorting functions so that you can quickly find what you’re looking for.
  • You’ll be able to store and manage media and media packages in personalized bookmark lists in the future. The bookmark list function allows you to view, download, and easily share grouped media with colleagues or students. You can maintain different bookmark lists for individual classes.
  • In the “Methods” area, you will find information about selected teaching methods and forms of learning for science and technology education, such as web-based training on “Service learning in STEM subjects.” Sample materials are linked for implementation of the methods.
  • There will be a separate student area with a selection of suitably prepared media on the topics of energy, the environment, and health for browsing, trying out, or experimenting.

In the “News” area and in our newsletters, we will continue to provide you with current information about OER, interesting events, and tips for other portals.

We hope you enjoy browsing and reading, and we look forward to receiving your feedback!
Your Media Portal Team

© Open Education Consortium

16
Apr
2018

OE Global 2018 – How versatile is education?

The motto of this year’s OE Global Conference taking place in the university city of Delft, the Netherlands, is “Transforming Education through Open Approaches.” Key players and supporters of the OER movement will meet for the 11th time from April 24 to 26. You can look forward to lectures, discussion panels, and, of course, a lively exchange with the community.

The OE Global Conference is hosted by the University of Technology in Delft and the Open Education Consortium.

Siemens Stiftung will also be involved again: We are looking forward to giving the introductory speech for the Educator Award for Excellence as part of the many awards at the OE Global. This award honors educators who actively promote the development or use of open educational resources by creating innovative, effective solutions.

All persons interested in attending the conference still have until April 16 to register. Additional information about the conference is available here.

© Zentralstelle für Lehren und Lernen im 21. Jahrhundert

03
Apr
2018

OERcamps to celebrate their 10th anniversary

The “Meetings on digital teaching and learning materials” in German-speaking countries will take place again starting in May. This year, in addition to attending discussions, the participants will also be celebrating – 2018 marks the tenth round for the OERcamps. Congratulations! Anyone who is interested in open educational resources may participate.

Registration is open until April 8. The camps for OER practitioners will take place at four different locations. The kickoff is in Bad Wildbad (Black Forest) on May 11, followed by the camps in Leipzig on May 25 and 26, in Hattingen (Ruhr district) on June 8 and 9, and in Hamburg on June 15 and 16, 2018.

The OERCamps consist of an official workshop program and contributions in the BarCamp format. This gives you the opportunity to spontaneously offer your own session at the venue. The event is organized by the ZLL 21 e.V. nonprofit association. Participation is free. You can also follow the hashtag #OERcamp18 on Twitter!

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