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MIT Launches OpenCourseWare for High School

Please share this with your high school science and math teachers and anyone else not yet convinced of the magic of the open source movement.

For some time now, I’ve been sharing the wealth of curricular resources made available throught the OER (Open Educational Resources) Commons portal where educators from K12 through grad school so generously share the best of their stuff, using such Web 2.0 strategies as tagging, rating, comments, reviews, and social networking.

One of the major collections–a pioneer in sharing–is MIT OpenCourseWare.  It has provided open course materials since 2001.

Last week, MIT President Susan Hockfield announced the launch of Highlights for High School designed to 

provide resources to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction at the high school level.

Hockfield noted that strength in math and science is critical if our country is to "continue to lead in today’s innovation economy."  The site is aimed at both teachers and students and Hockfield hopes "it will inspire students to reach beyond their required classwork to explore more advanced material and might also encourage them to pursue careers in science and engineering."

The site now features

more than 2,600 video and audio clips, animations, lecture notes and assignments taken from actual MIT courses, and categorizes them to match the Advanced Placement physics, biology and calculus curricula. Demonstrations, simulations, animations and videos give educators engaging ways to present STEM concepts, while videos illustrate MIT’s hands-on approach to the teaching of these subjects.

Highlights for High School organizes the course materials already present on OpenCourseWare, linking to the university’s introductory classes and

including 1,800 syllabi, 15,000 lecture notes, 9,000 assignments and 900 exams—into a format that is more accessible to high school students and teachers.

The three newly written high school offerings are:

Three cheers for open source and MIT!

Check out Curriki too.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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