science

Teachers TV

Teachers TV was the digital channel for everyone who works in schools. Its programmes covered every subject in the curriculum, all key stages and every professional role – from teaching assistant to headteacher. You could watch it on digital cable and satellite and programmes are also available anytime, on-demand and for free on this website. Sadly, along with many other well-known UK agencies active in the education and training sphere including Becta, Teachers TV has fallen foul of cutbacks in UK spending. From the end of March 2011 this terrific source of free education videos and resources aimed at the professional development of teachers has no longer been available.

Luckily its resources are now available on
- TES: http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/tes-connect-video-resources
as well as other repositories:
- Promethean Planet: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-gb/professional-development/best-prac...
- Teachers Media: http://www.teachersmedia.co.uk
- SchoolsWorld: http://www.schoolsworld.tv/videos
- Teachfind: http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/teachfind

Table of contents: 

videos
key stages
subjects
news
whole school issues
tv guide
learning journeys
groups
associates
help

Discovery Education streaming

"Discovery Education streaming is a digital video-on-demand and online teaching service to help improve students' retention and test scores; it is aligned to U.S. state and provincial standards."

In the subsection for Science for instance, students can browse and work actively with several interactive games / videos and experiments: On its web page http://discoveryeducation.com/products/science/middle.cfm you can try out one item of the following interactive sources:

- Interactive Videos (with hotspots which give more information when you hover over items)
- Integrated Science Simulations
- Virtual Labs (interactive games about acids & bases for instance)
- Explorations (for instance mixing colors with light in an interactive experiment)
- Videos
- Science Sleuths, where students solve open-ended science mysteries using clues and resources such as interviews, photos, articles, graphics, and more. Each episode features important life, earth, and physical science concepts

KQED education

"KQED Education Network engages with community and educational organisations to broaden and deepen the impact of KQED media to effect positive change"

The Education section gives more information on how to use media for education through:
* Featured Lesson Plan
* Examples of digital storytelling

And if you log in, you can access media resources for education.

On the Digital Storytelling section (http://dsi.kqed.org/index.php/inspirations) you can find out more about
* Annual Digital Storytelling Contest and Festival for high school students
* Featured Projects such as youth stories from South Africa created at the 5th World Summit on Media and Children.
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* Digital Storytelling: Watch stories, explore narrative, investigate new technologies and check out resources that have to do with digital storytelling. Including Mobile Projects such as "'Scape the Hood", the first gps-enabled mobile media project:
"Scape the Hood was conceived and designed as a locative storytelling project for the Digital Storytelling Initiative at KQED for the opening of the 8th annual Digital Storytelling Festival. We convened a group of storytellers, artists, and technologists to envision what this project could be. It became a narrative archeology experiment, combining digital storytelling and emerging technology by overlaying a virtual landscape on the physical world. As originally designed, the audience walks the streets and listens to the neighbourhood stories, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells from both the physical and the virtual world."

Table of contents: 

Early Learning
• Early Childhood Educators
o Hands On Literacy
o Workshops
o A place of our own workshops
• Parents & kids
o Media as a learning tool
o Reading Rainbow
o Sesame Street View & Do
o Workshops
• Community Partners
• KidsWatch
• PBS Kids Raising Readers

Educators
• Arts
• Science
• Social Studies/Language Arts
o Election Resources
• Post Secondary Education

Digital Media Center
• Media Literacy
o Key Concepts
o Framework
o Glossary
o Resources
o Copyright & Media Education
o Video for English Learners
• Teachers’ Domain

Community Engagement

Curriculum Bank
• Adult Learning
• Language Arts
• Math
• Media Studies
• Science
• Social Studies
• Study Skills/ESL
• Visual & Performing Arts
• Visual & Performing Arts: Literary Arts

System requirements: 
Adobe Reader, Quicktime

Webcast Portal on Energy

This streaming portal collects videos and reports related to Energy and Transport, divided into thematic pages or subsites such as coal, oil, gas, electricity, energy efficiency, state aid, infringements, …

MediaLiteracy.com

The mission of MediaLiteracy.com is to increase awareness of the need for media literacy and of the many resources available for teaching it.

Table of contents: 

News
Library
Free Stuff
Community
Jobs/Grants/Degrees
Calendar
Signup for eNews

System requirements: 
Adobe Reader

ExploreLearning - experience Math & Science with Gizmos

ExploreLearning offers a catalog of modular, interactive simulations in math and science for teachers and students in grades 6-12. These simulations are called Gizmos, which are flexible to support many different teaching styles and contexts and designed as supplemental curriculum materials that support state and national curriculum standards; in addition, Gizmos help teachers bring research-proven instructional strategies to their classrooms.

"Watch one of our demonstration movies. In particular, the "Introduction to ExploreLearning" movie is perfect for the first-time visitor to ExploreLearning. (It runs about 8 minutes but covers everything.) In addition, we have five Teaching with Gizmos movies that show how you might teach a specific lesson using Gizmos."

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ExploreLearning

Year

up-to-date

Length

over 450 simulations

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The Science Laboratory

The physical demo site in Patras has been set up for one part the Science Laboratory of the University of Patras, School of Education. The Science Laboratory is dedicated to carrying out research in Science Education, including the application of science and ICT in education. The laboratory has expertise in evaluating new products and testing them for educational use, be these software, hardware, and/or methods of implementation in class. On a yearly basis, more than 180 future primary school teachers are trained here. The Laboratory also carries out in-service training for teachers in its particular fields of expertise.

Within eStream, schools are invited to come to the university for a day in order to explore the demo site. 15 different science videos (science experiments), produced by the Science Laboratory, can be viewed at the demo site, together with the theoretical background to the experiments, via a website set up to this end:

This is a small web site with recorded science experiments to explain scientific concepts in an understandable manner. The experiments on video are related to theory explanations on the site: http://estream.upatras.gr/index.html.

Also in Greek available: http://users.sch.gr/spilios/air1.htm

Table of contents: 

e-Streaming Video Clips / recorded experiments such as "An artificial lung", "The atmospheric pressure", ...
Theory explanations such as
1 Pressure of Gases – Atmospheric Pressure
2 Hydrostatic Pressure
3 Fluid Pressure
4 The History of atmospheric pressure.
5 Barometers - Vacuum pumps
6 Homework - an old tale with camels and caravans

System requirements: 
Mediaplayer

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University of Patras for eStream project

Year

2007

Length

15 videos

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Archive's Moving Images library

This is the web site of the Archive's Moving Images library of free movies, films, and videos. This library contains thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to videos of every genre uploaded by Archive users. Many of these movies are available for download.The Archive’s library of Open Educational Resources and university lectures contains hundreds of free courses, video lectures, and supplemental materials from universities in the United States and China. Many of these lectures are available for download.

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Including:
# Open Educational Resources and university lectures with reviews (http://www.archive.org/details/education
). Many of these lectures are available for download.
# Open Source movies (http://www.archive.org/details/opensource_movies) where users can post and discuss their own videos.
# Numerous documentaries, videos, vlogs, … which could fit in a curriculum.

Using existing streaming media to teach science

"A growing number of schools in Europe already have computer laboratories utilizing modern computers. Introductory courses on ICT are already integrated in primary school curricula or soon will be. It is about time, therefore, to revise existing or develop new ICT curricula. Something different, more advanced, and more exciting is needed, therefore, for the high school (and lyceum) curricula. We believe that one possible course of action would be to integrate the curriculum ICT teaching with the teaching of different subjects, while at the same time to combine different learning methods by paying more emphasis to students’ own actions and self-directed learning abilities. We believe that by combining tasks in the way shown in this paper, will prove to be very beneficial to the students.

In education, the omnipresence of the web and the increased communications bandwidth has created, in effect, an integrated educational medium. Web-based video streaming technologies are expected to experience a rapid adoption by students and educators. In addition to maintaining the more traditional activities like text conferencing, whiteboards, video conferencing etc, video sequences can be integrated with or linked to slides by the use of simple use of ordinary internet browsers. This results to a seamless integration of digital video with other tools, hereby creating a Virtual Learning Environment. It also offers the opportunity to move beyond one-way video towards an interactive medium that complements, and adds visual richness to static text and graphic content.

It is possible for streaming media to become a ubiquitous form of communication and to find application in every classroom. Nevertheless, there is currently an acute lack of research dealing with the use of existing streaming media for teaching and learning, despite the fact that streaming video is one of the best methods for introducing ICT (for the first time) in everyday school practice. In this paper, the results of an attempt to teach science using existing streaming media are presented."

Relevant resource: The Science Laboratory demo site

From the same author(s): "Streaming media as an alternative to direct student instruction for performing science experiments" PDF (http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/19/72/84/PDF/167_Final_Paper.pdf) and "Bridging the gap between digital technology and science education" (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=4381181)

Table of contents: 

1. Introduction
2. The educational problem
3. The research
4. Team formation
5. The new teaching approach
6. Conclusions, educational observations, and discussion

System requirements: 
.doc reader

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Author

D. M. Garyfallidou, A. K. Grigoropoulos, and G. S. Ioannidis, University of Patras.

Year

2006

Length

9 pages

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