Planets for kids
I’m Stephen and I was 9 years old I setup this website with my Dad so I could learn more about space and share with others.
Wikiversity is a learning community which aims to further the discovery and distribution of knowledge by helping people to learn and to share learning resources. Users can use Wikiversity to find information, ask questions, or learn more about a subject, to explore knowledge through advanced study and research and also to share their knowledge about a subject with others by building learning materials.
Wikiversity is available in 15 different languages, with a different number of learning resources for every language, varying from a few hundreds to over 20k.
The library of learning materials is growing and contains materials of all types, including a wide variety of multimedia course materials. They are designed, not just for self-study, but also as material which can be used in your classroom.
Everyone can create and revise teaching materials. Anyone can participate in the learning activities. Everyone can take a course. Everyone can teach a course. There are no entrance requirements and no fees. All content in Wikiversity is written collaboratively, using wiki software, and everyone is welcome to take part through using, adding and discussing content.
1jour1actu - Des outils pour mieux comprendre l'info
The French website 1jour1actu - Des outils pour mieux comprendre l'info contains hundreds of contents (articles, videos, activities, dossiers, games, interactive sheets) on many different topics, ranging from Art, Literature, History, Biology, Science, to media literacy, sport, actualities.
The contents are aimed at the use in primary education classrooms. Each content is composed by attractive images, clear and short texts and a list of related contents for further deepening.
The teacher section provides them with “The highlights of the week”, files to download for the use in the classroom and an overview of the news and activities of the week.
Public Domain Review - Out-of-copyright works
The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online.
All works eventually falling out of copyright (from classic works of art, music and literature, to abandoned drafts, tentative plans, and overlooked fragments)are in the public domain, a vast commons of material that everyone is free to enjoy, share and build upon without restriction.
The Public Domain Review aims to help its readers to explore this rich terrain.
On the website it is possible to find:
- articles from leading scholars, writers, archivists, and artists provide fresh reflections and new angles on old material;
- the possibility to subscribe to the newsletter;
- browse public domain material organised in collections (films, audio, images and texts),
- a guide to finding interesting public domain works.
Art and Illustrations
Joannis-Sajnovics and the transit of Venus
Joannis-Sajnovics is a Facebook page managed by Ágota Lang, a physics high school teacher in Sopron (Hungary), and her students. It is set up as Joannis-Sajnovics' diary so we can relive his travels in the 18th century from Hungary to Finland to observe the Transit of Venus - when Venus passes in front of the Sun as seen from the Earth. Posts are published as if by Joannis-Sajnovics himself, just like a travel journal.
Ágota and her students are also making an online game, the Hell Game, which will be available soon.
More information on the Transit of Venus, which will occur again in June 2012 and will be the last visible to people of our time, can be found on the Vimeo channel "Our last Transit of Venus": http://vimeo.com/channels/ourlasttransitofvenus. Videos on this channel include a teaser for a documentary film, presentations by leading scientists and outreach people from Europe and the US, as well as videos made by the students from the Széchenyi István Gimnázium (Sopron, Hungary, project co-funded by the European Planetology Network).
EU-UNAWE Universe Awareness
EU-UNAWE aims to use astronomy as a tool for inspiring and educating young children, and encourage them to develop an interest in science and technology. The programme also aims to introduce children to the idea of global citizenship and tolerance at a crucial stage of their development – to show them that they are part of an international community.
This programme is aimed at children aged 4 to 10 years, especially those from underprivileged communities, but the resources are open to all: on the website, multimedia as well as educational materials and guidelines are available.
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.