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EU-HOU Hands-on Universe

The EU-HOU project ("Hands-On Universe, Europe. Bringing frontline interactive astronomy to the classroom") is a collaboration of hundreds of teachers and scientists from 14 countries with the purpose of creating a way for students to get excited by science, primarily through the use of astronomy.

This project developed hands-on exercises (available at http://www.euhou.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=4...) in lot of different languages, designed to promote an active learning by giving student real astronomical data to find a new planet, explore volcanos on the moons of Jupiter, classify stars, or weigh a galaxy. Each exercise comes complete with detailed instructions for how easily display, analyze, and interpret the data in the classroom, using the free software SalsaJ, downloadable at http://www.euhou.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8&Itemid=10.

Folk DC - Digital Children’s Folksongs for Language Learning

The Digital Children’s Folksongs for Language and Cultural Learning (Folk DC) project is a European Union project designed to motivate young language learners to engage with language learning through using Folk songs, and activities around the songs. The project aims to introduce an understanding of the number, richness and culture of other languages when children start to learn a foreign language and begin to understand the meaning of additional languages.

Songs are in 10 European languages (Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish) and they are available both on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/FolkDC2011) and on the FolkDC wiki (http://folkdc.wikispaces.com/Home), where you can also add your own song.

Federica - the University of Naples web-learning portal

Federica is the web-learning portal of the University of Naples Federico II (http://www.unina.it), free and open to all, created to provide unrestricted access to academic knowledge. It has a key focus on open access, flexibility and portability, targeting university students as well as the world of continuing education. With a single access point, Federica combines a range of services ensuring four different learning experiences:

• Courseware (http://www.federica.unina.it/courseware): Federica hosts the Federico II courses, presented in the same format, through a flexible and user-friendly interface: syllabuses, lessons, research materials, images, audio and video files, as well as links to web resources. The contents are protected under Creative Commons License.
• Podstudio (http://www.federica.unina.it/podstudio): Federica’s course lessons are available also as podcast files, easy to use on latest-generation multimedia devices, to browse and read the study materials anywhere and anytime. Federico II was the first Italian University to launch an iTunes U channel.
• Living Library (http://www.federica.unina.it/livinglibrary), the Federica digital library. A gateway to electronic resources, selected and reviewed to facilitate free access to learning materials. An authoritative guide to hundreds of online libraries and archives, journals, e-books, encyclopedias, and databases aimed at improving information literacy and awareness.
• Campus 3D (http://www.federica.unina.it/campus3d): Federica is a 3D interactive environment bringing all university buildings together in a virtual square. It’s a scenographic representation that reproduces the strong analogy between the virtual and the real world. A multimedia pyramid helps students find their way through all Federica's resources for open access to higher learning.

In addition, the learning experience is accompanied by Friendly, the user-friendly version of Federica; My Class, the interaction space for students and professors; and FedericaFeeds, an updated index both for Federica’s news and for the most important worldwide newspapers. Federica’s web applications complete the framework, allowing access to Federica contents also from smartphones, iPad as well as Nintendo and Wii platforms.

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Federica è il portale di Web Learning dell'Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (http://www.unina.it), gratuito e aperto a tutti, creato per fornire un accesso illimitato alla conoscenza accademica. Il suo centrale punto focale è posto sull’accesso libero, la flessibilità e la portabilità, dedicate agli studenti universitari e al mondo della formazione continua. Con un unico punto di accesso, Federica combina una gamma di servizi che assicurano quattro esperienze diverse di apprendimento:

• Courseware (http://www.federica.unina.it/courseware): Federica ospita i corsi di Federico II, presentati nello stesso formato, attraverso un’interfaccia flessibile e user-friendly: programmi di studio, lezioni, ricerca sui materiali, immagini, audio e file video, collegamenti a risorse web, ecc. I contenuti sono pubblicati sotto licenza Creative Commons.
• Podstudio (http://www.federica.unina.it/podstudio): le lezioni di Federica sono disponibili anche in formato podcast, facile da usare su dispositivi multimediali di ultima generazione, di sfogliare e leggere il materiale di studio in qualsiasi luogo e in qualsiasi momento. Federico II è la prima università italiana a lanciare un canale iTunes U.
• Living Library (http://www.federica.unina.it/livinglibrary), la biblioteca digitale di Federica. Un portale di risorse elettroniche, selezionate e riviste per agevolare l'accesso gratuito ai materiali di apprendimento. Una guida autorevole per centinaia di biblioteche e archivi on-line, riviste, e-book, enciclopedie e banche dati, volti a migliorare l'alfabetizzazione informatica.
• Campus 3D (http://www.federica.unina.it/campus3d): Federica è un ambiente 3D interattivo che porta tutti gli edifici universitari insieme in una piazza virtuale. Si tratta di una rappresentazione scenografica che riproduce la forte analogia tra il mondo virtuale e quello reale. Una piramide multimediale aiuta gli studenti a trovare la strada attraverso tutte le risorse di Federica per l'accesso aperto alla istruzione superiore.

Inoltre, l'esperienza di apprendimento è accompagnata da Friendly, la versione user-friendly di Federica, La mia classe, lo spazio di interazione per studenti e professori, e FedericaFeeds, un indice aggiornato, sia per le notizie di Federica che per i giornali più importanti del mondo. Le applicazioni web di Federica completano il quadro, consentendo l'accesso ai contenuti anche da smartphone, iPad e dalle piattaforme Nintendo e Wii.

Scratch

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create animations, interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. The outcomes can be stored and shared on the web within the Scratch system.
It is not only an ideal tool for the creation of simple and attractive interactive and/or animated learning objects, but it also serves as a learning instrument for young people. By using Scratch learners learn not only to create and share Scratch outcomes but more importantly they learn mathematical, logical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Scratch is at first sight a bit difficult to learn, but there is a (short and simple) manual that helps everyone getting started within minutes. It is not a full blown animation tool but it is a lot of fun and very rewarding to work with.
Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.

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Wild Web Woods - Online Game

Wild Web Woods is a online game commissioned by the Council of Europe and designed to help children learn basic Internet safety rules. The game also promotes such key concepts and values underlying the work of the Council of Europe as democracy, respect for others and children’s rights. The game, mainly for children between 7 and 10, is available in more than 20 languages and is supported by a teacher’s guide to assist educators in helping children to use the Internet safely and responsibly. The Guide is structured in eight lessons which provide educators with explanations, tips and practical exercises for children on topics such as managing online identity, learning about children’s rights, how much time they should spend online, privacy and security.

Scientix

Scientix is a new web portal targeted towards teachers, researchers, policy makers, local actors, parents and
anyone interested in science education. Scientix gives access to teaching materials, research results and policy documents from European science education projects financed by the European Union and by various national initiatives. This portal will give access to the main findings of European science education projects financed by the European Union.

NANOYOU

Nanoyou is a source of materials and resources on the topic of Nanoscience, the study of phenomena and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale. The nanoscale ranges from 100 nanometres down to the atomic level, where a nanometre is a millionth part of a
millimetre. This European Commission supported project provides a variety of videos and other multimedia like power-point presentations, posters, picture galleries and art projects related to nanoscience and NT that can be
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amara (powered by Universal Subtitling)

amara (formerly known as Universal Subtitles) is a community platform that allows for easily captionning and translating of the videos one produces, by seeking assistance from the viewers. Subtitling not only increases the geographical appleal of the vides by adding language versions, but also has the additional advantage of making videos accessible for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The subtitling (translation and subtitle text addition) is done by volunteering viewers, like a wiki: easy, free and fast with no software to install. As of today August 15 2011) over 117000 videos have already been subtitled with Universal Subtitles.

Amara gives individuals, communities, and larger organizations the power to overcome accessibility and language barriers for online video. The tools are free and open source and make the work of subtitling and translating video simpler, more appealing, and, most of all, more collaborative.

The benefits of captioning and subtitling are immense:
- Captions make videos accessible for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Translations make it possible for all of us to watch video in languages that we don't speak
- Video creators get: better SEO, more views, access to a far bigger (potentially multilingual and global) audience, accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing viewers, and more

Amara is composed of three main parts:
- A subtitle creation and viewing tool (aka the widget)
- A collaborative subtitling website
- An open protocol for subtitle search/delivery

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Jamendo

Jamendo is a community available in seven languages offering a large catalog of free, legal and unlimited music published under Creative Commons licenses.

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Promethean Planet

Promethean's aim is to unlock the potential of human achievement in education and training at all ages around the world creating, developing, supplying and supporting leading edge, interactive learning technology.
Promethean Planet is a large teacher online community of unparalleled peer and technical support as well as a warehouse of premium and free resources - including interactive lessons, games, educator forums, and training courses. Resources are organized by subject (Math, Science, History, Language Arts, Vocational Skills...) and age range. There are also a lot of tips and best practice.

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