Teacher resources and professional development programming across the curriculum
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It has loads of material for teacher PD and videos that can be used as classroom resources. To watch a video as a classroom activity you might be well-advised to seek a dedicated ISP line from the ICT dept. Here is a short selection of some of the good stuff.
THE HABITABLE PLANET
“…is a multimedia course for high school teachers and adult learners interested in studying environmental science. The Web site provides access to course content and activities developed by leading scientists and researchers in the field.
THE SCIENCE OF TEACHING SCIENCE
“….encourages K-8 teachers to explore ways to improve their teaching practices. Each program takes an in-depth look at a real classroom, so that teachers can focus on the issues involved in teaching science. Observing other teachers in unrehearsed situations will provide new and veteran teachers with the confidence to try new approaches to teaching.
A video workshop for K-8 teachers; 8 ninety-minute video programs, workshop guide, and Web site.
TEACHING MATH: A VIDEO LIBRARY, K – 4
A video library for K-4 math teachers; 52 video programs (from 15 to 30 minutes in length) and guide.
Elementary teachers tap the excitement and energy of children from kindergarten through grade 4 as they solve problems, learn to make connections between concepts, and communicate and reason mathematically.
TEACHING MATH: A VIDEO LIBRARY, 5 – 8
A video library for grade 5-8 math teachers; 6 fifteen-minute video programs and guide
TEACHING MATH: A VIDEO LIBRARY, 9 – 12
A video library for high school math teachers; 20 video programs (from 10 to 30 minutes in length) and guide
A BIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA
Twnty-six chapters from early settlement up to modern history.
ART THROUGH TIME; A GLOBAL VIEW
“A course for high school, college, and adult learners, including 13 half-hour video programs, a Web site with art images, accompanying text, and course guide.
Thirteen themes encompass hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photos, and works in non-traditional media in this vibrant approach to the study and appreciation of art.”
THE ART OF TEACHING THE ARTS: A WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
“….is an eight-part professional development workshop for use by high school dance, music, theatre, and visual art teachers. The workshop examines how principles of good teaching are carried out in teaching the arts at the high school level. In the eight one-hour video programs, seven principles of effective teaching are introduced, then explored in depth. Teachers from arts magnet high schools and comprehensive high schools across the country are shown demonstrating their practice and discussing their goals, methods, and experiences. An interactive Web site and a print guide support and augment the video programs. The Web site includes activities for workshop sessions that encourage participants to draw on their own experiences; background on the schools and teachers featured in the video programs; and interactive features that provide perspective on the teaching principles.”
THE WHOLE CHILD; A CAREGIVERS GUIDE TO THE FIRST FIVE YEARS
“A video instructional series in early childhood development for college and high school classrooms, caregivers, and parents; 13 half-hour video programs and coordinated books.
This video series gives you the latest information about child development and childcare for the critical years from birth to the age of five. Taped at working childcare centers with real caregivers and children, the programs teach you about children’s physical, emotional, and cognitive development. You’ll learn practical developmental activities and techniques to use in difficult situations.”
MINDS OF OUR OWN
“A video documentary on education and learning for K-12 educators and parents; 3 one-hour video programs and guide.
Why don’t even the brightest students truly grasp simple science concepts? These video programs pick up on the questions asked in the Private Universe documentary and further explore how children learn. Based on recent research, as well as the pioneering work of Piaget and others, Minds of Our Own shows that many of the things we assume about how children learn are simply not true. For educators and parents, these programs bring new insight to debates about education reform.”
“Interactives” provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students’ skills in a variety of curricular areas.
“This set of activities is like an old-fashioned Spelling Bee.
Contestants in grades 1-8 will listen to three stories, one at a time, and then spell words from each story. Students in high school will listen to separate sentences and then spell the words from each sentence.
If you get stumped, you can click to hear a word again, as many times as you need to. If you’re in grade three or higher, you can ask for a definition too. Since words often make more sense when they are attached to an idea, all the words in the story or sentences are in context. ”
Mathematics: Math in Daily Life (Grades 9-12)
Explore how math can help us in our daily lives by looking at the language of numbers through common situations, such as playing games or cooking.
Science: Dynamic Earth (Grades 7-9)
Delve into the structure of the Earth to learn what causes earthquakes, volcanoes, and more.
History: Renaissance (Grades 9-12)
Join us as we explore the Renaissance and discover the forces that drove this rebirth in Europe, and in Italy in particular.
Arts: Cinema (Grades 9-12)
Write your own dialogue for a scene or put yourself in a producer’s shoes by managing the production of a film.”