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Getty Image Library has been set free

This is big news this week for teachers and students who need media for their online projects. Getty, the giant photo agency, have opened up their library for free use as long as you use their embed tool.

This is timely as we think more carefully about Approaches to Learning in the MYP and DP, in particular Media and Information Literacy clusters and the skills of accessing and appropriately using information from other sources.

Here’s an example:


Scientific American Frontiers

Thanks to bogstandardcomp from the TES Forums for this one.

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PBS have a series on their archives called Scientific American Frontiers. Although the last episode posted there was a couple of years ago, they have full episodes online and allow easy navigation within clips. There are also teaching resources and notes to go along with each one.

For some highlights have a look at:

Make Up Your Mind (brain development and neuroscience)

Hot Planet, Cold Comfort (climate change)

Going Deep (ALVIN and deep-sea exploration)

The Gene Hunters (Genetics and a few good resources)

Shark vs Octopus – National Geographic Videos

1. Place bets.

2. Play video.

3. Oh yeah.

National Geographic have been playing the YouTube game for two years now and have posted over 600 videos on their channel. Just put ‘science’ into the search box to filter the videos.

Encylopedia of Life

EOL - the Encyclopedia of LifeA huge and ambitious project to create an online species database. Here is their ‘about us’ blurb:

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an ambitious, even audacious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth. At its heart lies a series of Web sites—one for each of the approximately 1.8Cafetaria roenbergensis million known species—that provide the entry points to this vast array of knowledge. The entry-point for each site is a species page suitable for the general public, but with several linked pages aimed at more specialized users. The sites sparkle with text and images that are enticing to everyone, as well as providing deep links to specific data.

Try the example page for Cafetaria roenbergensis here.

Harvard University: list of databases online

As part of the ICT requirements of IB DP Biology, you are required to access and work with a database of biological information. The department of Molecular and Cell Biology at Harvard (which is well worth spending some time looking though) has posted this extensive collection of links.

North Harris College – loads of animation links

The Biology department at North Harris College have posted links to many animations online. They are divided into general Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. – set, mark and analyse assessments online – for free - mark, set and analyse assessments for freeYacapaca allows you to set Flash quizzes and portfolio tasks for students – with the added bonus of being able to see who has completed it, their score and class data for each activity.

It takes a while to get used to (not totally intuitive), but once you’re up and running it’s worth the effort. There is a wealth of authoring group to join (including IB Biology and IB MYP Science), where you can add questions to a common bank and draw from the work and expertise of other teachers. The GCSE Biology and Physics and Science groups are very well resourced indeed.

Go on, have a go. At least your mob will get a different type of homework this week.

If you need more convincing before you sign up, visit the Chalkface blog.

Oxford Scientific Videos – another great big archive of good clips

Some great short clips here, and a searchable database. Clips can be saved by right-clicking on the ‘download’ button below each frame. Have a hunt about – plenty to see.

Thanks to fannafanna from the TES Boards for posting the link.

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