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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.

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 online lessons and distance learning:
In the next few weeks you will regularly find new tips here on how to use our media.

© J&K – Jöran und Konsorten GmbH & Co. KG

25
Nov
2021

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.”

The festival will start on December 9 with a wide range of sessions, for example, on computational thinking at elementary schools, the open-source tool H5P, and the democratizing effect of OER. To be able to participate, you just need to register for free.

OERcamp.global will be run as a BarCamp. This open format thrives on the interaction in the sessions and on joint brainstorming. Participants may also submit their own contributions, for instance, to present a project. They can exchange ideas with the other participants, learn from international experiences, and thus expand knowledge on the use of Open Educational Resources.

Sessions and plenary hours will take place continuously for 48 hours: Simply select program items that best fit your agenda – or meet with the global OER Community in the plenary assembly to discuss a wide range of topics.

The participatory festival is organized by the German Commission for UNESCO and the educational agency J&K – Jöran & Konsorten. J&K hosted the first OERcamp in Germany back in 2012 to strengthen the OER Community, thus promoting the use and development of open educational media in the long term.

You can find additional information on registration and the program on the
OERcamp.global website

© Siemens Stiftung

10
Nov
2021

CREA launches – Our new education portal for Latin America

Centro de Recursos Educativos Abiertos, or CREA, is our new home for the materials of the previous „Portal de Medios“, combined with a variety of additional educational offerings developed by our cooperation network in Latin America. Everything will remain the same for German- and English-speaking users.

Why launch a new Media Portal for Latin America?

Since founding the Siemens Stiftung, we have supported teachers and educational institutions in our focus regions of Germany/Europe, Africa, and Latin America through our educational projects. We help establish regional and national networks to jointly initiate innovative projects that promote qualitative STEM lessons.

When also in Latin America nearly all schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and teachers had to switch to distance teaching, the idea of a common media platform where all partner organizations could make their high-quality STEM media available in one place emerged in the local STEM network. So already in spring 2020, the new CREA portal was created, initially as a simple collection.

As of now, CREA is a full-fledged platform comparable to the Media Portal with professional filter functions and currently 1,300 STEM media, developed and provided by renowned network partners such as the nonprofit organization INNOVEC (Innovación en la Enseñanza de la Ciencia A. C.) and the OCE (Office for Climate Education).

In the coming months, many more media and continuing education for teachers will be created and gradually integrated into CREA.



What does the name CREA mean?

CREA stands for Centro de Recursos Educativos Abiertos, the Center for Open Educational Resources. On CREA as well, all media are freely accessible and provided free of charge as OER. We thus now support the OER movement in Latin America together with our partner organizations and ensure that the media are accessible to everyone and can be adapted by teachers to the needs of the learning groups.

What will change for you and your work with the Media Portal?

You will still have direct access to our English and German media on the Media Portal. This means everything here will remain the same for you.

As of today, all Spanish media have been moved to CREA. However, the media created in Spanish will still be offered to you in the detailed media view as long as a translation is available. When you access the media, you will be forwarded to the new CREA portal.

You can go directly to the new CREA portal via the language selection function on the navigation bar of the Media Portal and can use the media search function there.

Does this pique your curiosity? Go directly to the new CREA portal

07
Oct
2021

New: Online training on Computational Thinking

In the discussion of what skills students need to be well prepared for living in the digital world, Computational Thinking has gained importance. It promotes critical and analytical thinking and specifically enables systematic problem-solving processes to be effectively integrated into STEM lessons. Our new training section provides an interactive training on Computational Thinking: It offers insights into the topic and shows how it can be enhanced in class.

15
Jul
2021

New: Flash has moved to HTML

We’ve done it! We have gradually converted all of our Flash media to HTML format. As a result, around 450 media and over 40 interactive whiteboards are available again on the Media Portal in three languages for use in class. You can load them directly as usual in all current browsers, including on mobile devices. You don’t have to install or upgrade anything because Firefox, Opera, Safari, and other browsers support HTML format.

© Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft

15
Jun
2021

How many acres are on your plate?

Mathematically, the amount of arable land per person in the world is 2,000 m². Food and everything else one person needs should grow on this field. In show gardens and on a website for children aged 10 and up, the international project of the Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft is showing what this looks like in reality.

The idea is that everything a person needs must thrive on a 2,000 m² field. In addition to fruits, vegetables, and grains, the field must have space set aside for growing animal feed, raw materials for clothing, and fuel. As a result, the bulk of arable land is no longer used for direct food production. This imbalance in global cultivation is modeled true to scale on the Global Field using current figures from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), making it tangible on a small scale. The first 2,000 m² Global Field was planted in Berlin in 2013. Since then, eleven additional show and vegetable gardens that are open to visitors have been added around the world, including in Kenya, Congo, Scotland, and France. The project is intended to create awareness about how individual consumption is closely linked to the cultivation of cropland and thus directly influences global nutrition.

The lovingly designed website invites you to discover a wealth of information on all aspects of land and the cultivation of arable land, videos, background on all the Global Fields, and much more.

The Global Field is a highlighted project of the UN Decade on Biological Diversity 2020.

Go to the Global Field website

03
Mar
2021

New on the Media Portal: WBT on being an Agripreneur

The two-part Web-Based Training Vocational Orientation – Being an agripreneur, that was first published on atingi, is now available on the Media Portal and accessible without registration. It gives an overview of the job Agripreneur through personal insights from people working in the field, information on job-relevant skills, and knowledge on natural science regarding the occupation. The content is created for self-learning.

CC BY 4.0 Open Education Week

16
Feb
2021

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.

OE Week was launched in 2013 with the aim of raising awareness about open education. It offers educators in particular an excellent opportunity to find new OER offerings and to network globally in the OER community. The Media Portal will also be involved again this year.

Initial offerings have already been published and are just waiting to be discovered. Even after the week has come and gone, all events and assets will remain online for viewing on the Open Education Week website.

© UNESCO

16
Feb
2021

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.

The 19-page teacher’s guide is especially suitable for teaching in lower secondary education. Thanks to the transformative learning approach, you can flexibly adjust the contents and activities to regional contexts, groups of students of any age and learning level, and the learning environment – whether it’s in the classroom or learning from home.

The practical ideas are designed to promote important skills such as forward-looking and critical thinking, collaboration, and integrated problem-solving, which are fundamental to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the guide categorizes the topic of waste in the context of three goals: “12 Responsible Consumption and Production”, “14 Life below Water”, and “15 Life on Land”. Illustrative graphics introducing each higher-level SDG provide a quick, clear overview of facts and figures, followed by action-based activities that give you and your students an opportunity to share ideas and immediately take action. For example, how about creating artwork from trash?

The teacher’s guide is part of UNESCO’s global Trash Hack campaign. It aims to unite schools around the world to take action against waste based on the motto “Let’s tackle the problem together!”

Licensed under CC BY-SA, the contents and graphics may be copied, adapted, and used in teaching as long as the license terms and conditions are met.

Teacher’s guide: Trash Hack – Action learning for sustainable development

16
Feb
2021

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.

© atingi

03
Dec
2020

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.

The German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ) is inviting you to join an online multiplayer quiz game. The event's topics include putting COVID-19 in context, the One Health approach, living with COVID-19, and misinformation and ‘fake news’. You can not only build valuable Corona knowledge but also compete with others, as an individual or as part of a team. You also have the chance to join topic related online events, but see for yourself.

Contest Against Corona

© United Nations

29
Oct
2020

“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!

The game takes 30 to 40 minutes and is geared toward players aged eight to ten years. It offers a great opportunity to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations in your lessons. Is it true that fewer girls around the world go to school than boys? What can each and every person do to use less water? Groups of four to six players roll dice and move through these and many other questions in “Go Goals!”. As soon as a player’s token lands on an action field, a quiz card with possible answers is read aloud. As the players gain knowledge about the topic of sustainability, they also get a sense of what social responsibility means, all while having lots of fun.

“Go Goals!” is one of the resources offered by the United Nations. You can download and print the game sheets for free. They are available in several languages.

Download the game sheets

© atingi

15
Oct
2020

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.

You can find the WBT on the atingi e-learning platform that can also be accessed via mobile phones. We are cooperating with the African e-learning platform atingi to provide free access to high-quality digital STEM learning content.

Web-based training Agripreneur

15
Oct
2020

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.

18
Aug
2020

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.

© Siemens Stiftung

22
Jul
2020

Podcast for children and young people

The podcast Coronavirus For Kids, And The Science Of Soap answers questions about COVID-19 in a manner appropriate for children. Infectious disease doctor Krutika Kuppalli, who studies global pandemics, is one of the guests, and chemistry professor Palli Thordarson talks about the science behind why washing your hands with plain old soap and water is so effective against germs.

22
Jul
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: Energy sources

The information sheet An overview of energy sources shows all the different energy sources and what possibilities they offer. In the interactive exercise Advantages and disadvantages of energy sources, the students can apply what they have learned.

22
Jul
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: Bending water

A stream of water is "bent" from the vertical towards an electrically charged object. Why does this happen? The video Bending water demonstrates this phenomenon with an experiment. Students can then complete the worksheet Bending water based on their learnings. The interactive hints for the worksheet help students using QR codes.

2
Jul
2020

Media tip for teaching from home: The Stirling engine

How a Stirling engine and the Carnot cycle work are explored through the experimentation instructions, which includes questions for students to answer. The Video (no audio)shows a Stirling engine in operation and helps students visualize the process.

01
Jul
2020

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.

© Smithsonian Science Education Center

01
Jul
2020

COVID-19! How can I protect myself and others?

The Smithsonian Science Education Center has developed a new rapid-response guide for youth ages 8–17. The guide, which is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, aims to help young people understand the science and social science of COVID-19 as well as help them take actions to keep themselves, their families and communities safe.

The guide “COVID-19! How can I protect myself and others?” was developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), and is part of the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project. The guide is free and available to youth in more than 20 languages.

Through a set of seven cohesive student-led tasks, participants engage in the activities to answer questions previously defined by their peers. The questions explore the impact of COVID-19 on the world, how to practice hand and respiratory hygiene and physical distancing, and how to research more information about COVID-19. The final task teaches youth how they can take action on the new scientific knowledge they learn to improve their health and the health of others. Each task is designed to be completed at home, but could be completed in school with a teacher’s guidance.

The guide includes updated research, activities, quotes from scientists and frontline public health officials, and physical and emotional safety tips on COVID-19. It also integrates inquiry-based science education with social and emotional learning and civic engagement.

Download the guide on the website of the Smithsonian Science Education Center

16
Jun
2020

New: Interactive e-book on doing fractions

An interactive e-book from the TUM School of Education provides an exciting gateway to doing fractions, with illustrations, learning support, tasks, and games. Designed for about 15 lessons, the e-book is appropriate for both classroom instruction and self-learning.

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

03
Mar
2020

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.

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.

28
Aug
2019

Editors' tip: Photosynthesis

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.

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)

17
Jun
2019

Editors' tip: Separation methods

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.

© 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"

14
May
2019

Editors' tip: HTML5

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, Find axes of symmetry, and The natural water cycle.

© 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!

Stay up-to-date!

About four times a year, we inform you about new media on this portal as well as current studies and events related to OER and STEM.

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About four times a year, we inform you about new media on this portal as well as current studies and events related to OER and STEM.

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Liebe Nutzerin, lieber Nutzer,
El Portal de Medios – das spanische Medienportal – ist umgezogen und heißt nun CREA.
Auf CREA finden Sie weiterhin hochwertige Medien für den MINT-Unterricht und vieles mehr.

Dear User,
El Portal de Medios - the Spanish Media Portal - has moved and is now called CREA.
On CREA, you will continue to find high-quality media for STEM education and much more.

Estimado usuario, estimada usuaria,
El Portal de Medios – en español – ha sido trasladado y ahora se llama CREA.
En CREA seguirá encontrando medios de alta calidad para la enseñanza de STEM, y mucho más.

Zu CREA wechseln / Switch to CREA / Cambiar a CREA
CREA - El Portal de Medios para la Enseñanza STEM

Hierbleiben / Stay here / Quédate aquí:
Fenster schließen / Close window / Cerrar ventana