Dig Into Mining – The Story of Copper is an interactive educational program for students grades 6-8 that uncovers the use of metals such as copper in our everyday life, and provides students a deeper understanding of todayâ€™s hard rock mining industry. The initiative equips educators, students and families with dynamic resources â€“ including a virtual field trip, interactive digital learning tools, and school-to-home connections â€“ designed to give students a front row seat to natureâ€™s geological wonders and inspire further exploration of the world around them.
Hands-on teaching activity describing molybdenum, a key mineral nutrient.
A resource for teaching large classes (focus in geosciences).
Labs in the Classroom
There are many ways to bring NOVA Labs into your classroom, after school program, day camp, or other educational program. Every Lab presents a particular subject and allows teens to develop their own questions and investigations around that subject.
Each Lab includes an activity where you will explore a new data set and/or scientific phenomenon. While the challenges will varyâ€”some being more open-ended, others being more structured and game-likeâ€”they will all encourage users to conduct their own scientific analyses and investigations.
Each Lab comes with a collection of free videos that provide the background information that will help users succeed in the Lab’s research challenge. The concepts explored in these videos range from the basic to the more nuanced and complex. Together, they are intended to give users a solid foundation in the relevant scientific principles and an understanding of why each area of research matters.
Opportunities and Resources
For each Lab, we provide a list of related opportunities and career exploration resources relevant to teens. Teens will find internships, scholarship, science competitions, and other ways to stay involved in science on the â€œOpportunitiesâ€ page.
Community and Social Feed
In addition to making new content and data available and accessible, NOVA Labs provides an online community on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, in which you can share, ask questions, or learn about recent observations or ideas that have come up in the various fields of research.
An Educator Guide
For each Lab, we provide additional ideas and materials for educators that are specific to that Lab and subject area.
NOVA Education tailors NOVA’s digital resources for educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Our free educator library is produced according to teaching standards and includes videos, audio segments, lesson plans, and interactives designed to facilitate effective classroom integration. NOVA Education is committed to creating digital learning resources that work for you.
Teaching students about biodiversity, or the variety of life on Earth, is a daunting yet exciting task. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity wants to support you in guiding students through a fascinating and exciting exploration of biodiversity issues.
For our first project, weâ€™ve designed an educational module on biodiversity and agriculture. It comprises of an online educational web portal for primary school students and five accompanying lesson plans for educators. Educators can also download the childrenâ€™s web portal in a booklet format below. The resources are aimed at students in upper primary school (grades four to six), but could be adapted for other levels.
Students explore the problem of food waste using electronic and traditional modalities. They begin by tracking food waste in the school cafeteria. Then they examine the waste on a larger scale, using multimodal resources and applying metacognitive reading strategies. Considering radical and basic solutions to the problem, students plan persuasive arguments and create blog posts appropriate to their purpose and audience. By interacting with videos, blogs, and online articles, students become more flexible and confident in this emerging area of literacy, learning not only to access and analyze, but also to produce and publish persuasive text in a multimodal environment.
Lesson plan. Students will learn about the four Earth systems and how they are connected. Students will be able to:
1. Explain the Earth as a system of interconnected parts
2. Properly define and use Earth science vocabulary
MathScienceMusic.org is a free toolkit for teachers, bringing together the best resources in math, science and music.
Designed for students, kindergarten through college.
Who We Are
We are a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the United States and operating worldwide.
We promote, support and advance openness in education around the world.
Empowerment through education.
We envision a world where everyone, everywhere has access to the high quality education and training they desire; where education is seen as an essential, shared, and collaborative social good.
Networking and community development
Advocacy and advising
Capacity building and training
What is Open Education?
Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide.
Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing todayâ€™s collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learnerâ€™s needs.
The idea of free and open sharing in education is not new. In fact, sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built. Open Education seeks to scale educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate. Open is key; open allows not just access, but the ability to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for large and diverse audiences.
Why is Open Education important?
Education is an essential tool for individuals and society to solve the challenges of the present and seize the opportunities of the future. However, the current provision of education is limited by educational institutionsâ€™ capacity, consequently, this resource is available to the few, not the many. The digital revolution offers a potential solution to these limitations, giving a global audience unprecedented access to free, open and high-quality educational resources.
People want to learn. By providing free and open access to education and knowledge, people can fulfill this desire. Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn something that will help them on the job. Faculty can exchange material and draw on resources from all around the world. Researchers can share data and develop new networks. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn. People can connect with others they wouldnâ€™t otherwise meet to share information and ideas. Materials can be translated, mixed together, broken apart and openly shared again, increasing access and allowing new approaches. Anyone can access educational materials, scholarly articles, and supportive learning communities anytime they want to. Education is available, accessible, modifiable and free.
Activities of the Open Education Consortium are generously supported by:
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Sustaining Members of the Open Education Consortium:
The African Virtual University
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
Delft University of Technology
FundaÃ§Ã£o Getulio Vargas â€“ FGV Online
Japan OpenCourseWare Consortium
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Korea OpenCourseWare Consortium
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Netease Open Courses
Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
Taiwan Open Course Consortium
TecnolÃ³gico de Monterrey
Universidad PolitÃ©cnica de Madrid
University of California, Irvine
University of Michigan
and contributions of member organizations