Nonprofit OpenSciEd was launched to create high-quality open-source scienceinstructional materials specifically for middle schools. The lessons are available for science teachers to access and download freely. All align with NGSS and are developed by educators and tested by teachers. The organization recently released hands-on learning content for eighth-grade science. The latest unit covers “forces at a distance,” with 12 lessons for 30 days of classes. Among the inquiries are, “What causes a speaker to vibrate?” “What can a magnet pull or push without touching?” “How does energy transfer between things that aren’t touching?” Most activities require only ordinary materials (such as a screwdriver and scissors, cardboard and foil). Each unit includes a set of professional learning resources, with instructional agendas, slides, and videos. A remote learning guide is also available. OpenSciEd expects to complete the middle school lessons in February 2022 and then to expand its efforts into elementary and high school science.
Across the world, equity and accessibility have become two of the thorniest issues districts face as they continue to offer learning in remote and hybrid learning environments. In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, some states delayed online learning because they realized all students could not access it.
For the first time in its 174-year history, the Smithsonian Institution has released more than 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open-access online platform for visitors to peruse and download free of charge.
For more than a decade, educators and students have explored historic newspapers through the Chronicling America website. Now the latest machine learning experience from Library of Congress Labs allows users to search visual content in American newspapers dated 1789–1963.