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V. TEACHING IDEAS, LESSONS AND CURRICULUM MATERIALS

Science

Recommended:
Phet Simulations
Access fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from this University of Colorado project. It also offers guide on how to run the simulations for use in the classroom both online or offline and some more ideas and activities from teachers that are designed to be used in conjunction with the PhET ™ simulations.

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
This multimedia teacher education programme from UNESCO aims at reorienting education towards promoting the values required for a sustainable future. The 100-hour course prepares teachers to develop curricula that emphasise the interconnectedness of such problems as poverty, consumption, conflict and human rights.

Natgeo Library
NatGeoEd.org offers an expanded and updated library of National Geographic’s popular education content, highlighting  iconic media and expert resources aligned with education standards. It offers a wide range of free educational resources that bring geography, science, and social studies to life for educators, learners, and their families.

Nasa For Educators
NASA's Education Materials Finder will help teachers locate resources that can be used in the classroom. Users may search by keywords, grade level, product type and subject. With hundreds of publications and Web sites indexed, the finder is the best way to locate NASA educational resources.

Virtual Labs & Scenario-Based Learning
The website run by Carnegie Mellon is a collection of virtual labsscenario-based learning activitiestutorials, and concept tests. Teachers can use our content for pre-labs, for alternatives to textbook homework, and for in-class activities for individuals or teams.   

TryEngineering
Tryengineering.org is a resource for students, their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, helping young  people to understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future. 

Neuroscience for kids
Neuroscience for Kids is a fascinating site exploring every conceivable subject relating to the brain. There are copious lesson plans and classroom activities on, for example, the nervous system, reflexes, and how and why we dream, as well as a gallery for students’ work, and outside links.

Other Useful Sites:
UNESCO: Science and Technology Education
This page contains a number of useful science and maths-related links. It includes virtual museums, a chemistry dictionary, online science journals, news and more.

School Science Lessons
This website features a database of school-friendly and teacher-friendly science experiments which use locally-available materials and do not require high-tech equipment. Descriptions of experiments are supported by background information and theory.

Science Classroom Experiments
A large selection of science experiments sub-divided into biology, chemistry and physics, primarily for grades 6-8. Teachers can also contribute their own favourite classroom activities.

Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study
The HBES is a long-term ecological study based in the USA, and offers an engaging learning experience for students of environmental issues. Students can take virtual tours and learn about scientists involved in the project, and there are extensive resources for teachers.

Education World: science
Plenty of resources for science teachers are available here at Education World, ranging from individual lesson units to projects and collaborations to further site listings recommended by educators and curriculum developers.

McREL: science
This is a good source of lesson plans and related resources for teachers of all science-related subjects. The site connects to US standards databases as well as classroom activities and material for curriculum developers.

Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
An inspiring website on inventors and the history of ideas. This link from the site’s homepage offers teachers additional information and material for classroom use – women inventors in the 20th century and how to make a lightbulb, for example.

Interactivate: Mathematics and Science online resources
Developed by the Shodor Education Foundation, this website contains a collection of Java-based courseware (educational interactive activities and lesson plans) for teaching and learning mathematics and science.