Annenberg Channel (2008)
From 1996 through 2008 the Science Media Group operated the Annenberg Channel, a free satellite channel broadcasting award-winning educational programming.
The Habitable Planet (2007)
A multimedia course for high school science teachers and adult learners looks at the systems that make Earth a planet that sustains life. The course was designed to help educators deepen and extend their understanding of environmental science.
MOSART Web Site (2006)
Project MOSART intends to enhance the quality of K-12 science teaching and aid in generating evidence-based outcomes of learning through the development of comprehensive subject matter assessment tools. The Web site was created to enhance communication and collaboration between partners within the MOSART project as well as to inform the public of the efforts of the Math and Science Partnership Program.
Coalition of Essential Schools (2005)
CES EssentialVisions DVD series captures how the CES common principles have been implemented, illustrating how students engage in their own education and how teachers develop as professionals.
Understandings of Consequence (2005)
Web site and DVD providing professional development for educators using the Understandings of Consequence curricula in their classrooms.
Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science (2004)
Exploring topics that range from soil to the solar system, Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science provides participants the opportunity to increase their science content knowledge and develop new understandings of how this content connects to K-6 classrooms.
Essential Science for Teachers: Life Science (2004)
Essential Science for Teachers: Life Science is a content course designed to help K-6 teachers enhance their understandings of "big ideas" in the life sciences. The main goal of this course is to provide teachers with learning opportunities that will directly inform their own classroom practice.
Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science (2004)
Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science is a content course designed to help K-6 teachers enhance their understandings of matter as one of the "big ideas" in the physical sciences. The main goal of this course is to provide teachers with learning opportunities that will directly inform their own classroom practice.
A promotional DVD for teachers using the MicroObservatory curriculum in their classroom.
Harvard-Smithsonian Digital Video Library (2003)
This collection of video clips provides more than 350 hours of digital video material, archived in digital form and indexed through a searchable database; the collection is linked to local, state, and national STEM standards.
Science in Focus: Energy (2002)
The video programs, print guide, and Web site of this workshop provide K-6 teachers with a solid foundation that distinguishes between the way "energy" is commonly understood and its meaning in science. The workshop examines energy's role in motion, machines, food, the human body, and the universe as a whole.
Science in Focus: Force and Motion (2001)
With science and education experts as your guides, this workshop for elementary teachers explores science concepts of force, motion, size, mass, and speed to gain deeper understandings that will help teachers engage their students in their own explorations.
Science in Focus: Shedding Light on Science (2001)
This workshop uses light as a theme to explore topics in physics, chemistry, biology, space science, and Earth science. Light is a common thread through many areas of science and a natural topic for interdisciplinary science study. Teachers make connections to real world phenomena and explore the behavior of light, the transformation of energy, and the role of light in the weather, the seasons, and the production of food by plants.
Surprises in Mind (2001)
A remarkable 12-year study following students from first grade through high school demonstrates the brain's surprising natural abilities for learning math. The study, led by Professor Carolyn Maher of Rutgers University, brought results that are corroborated by new research from leading cognitive psychologists. Discover ways to unlock this natural human gift for mathematics in classrooms, workplaces, and homes.
Looking at Learning...Again, Part 1 (2000)
Understanding how children learn best is an important step toward improving mathematics and science teaching. This workshop series features seven leading educators--Eleanor Duckworth, Joseph Novak, Hubert Dyasi, Constance Kamii, Howard Gardner, Mitchel Resnick, and William Schmidt--who share their ideas on how children really learn. K-12 teachers explore how technology affects learning, learn to elicit and build on students' ideas, and develop strategies for inquiry-based teaching.
Looking at Learning...Again, Part 2 (2000)
Through personal interviews, teacher discussions, and classroom video footage, this workshop encourages K-12 teachers to analyze existing theories about how children learn, as well as their own beliefs, and then to examine how those beliefs might influence their teaching. Each workshop features a different educator's learning theory and provides the opportunity to discuss, critique, and apply the ideas presented.
Private Universe Project in Mathematics (2000)
Research shows that children formulate extraordinarily interesting and complex mathematical ideas, even at a very young age. The Private Universe Project in Mathematics demonstrates and honors the power and sophistication of these ideas, and explores how mathematics teaching can be structured to resonate with children's sophisticated thinking.
TEAMS-BC Video Series (2000)
A "bookshelf" of videos about preservice teacher education in math and science: Four Courses: One Goal, Mathematics with a Human Face, Site Based Courses for Preservice Teachers, and The Student Teaching Experience.
Annenberg Institute of School Reform Series (1999)
A series of programs that explore school reform:
Balancing caring and expectations in the science classroom (1998), Balancing routines and repertoire in the math classroom (1998), Principals in the line of fire (2001), and Investigation: A water study (1999).
Principles for Principals (1999)
Designed by and for principals working to improve student achievement in mathematics and science, this workshop addresses the specific issues faced by administrators. Filmed in schools from Maine to California, this workshop helps principals understand and use recent research on math and science education practices.
The Next Move (1998)
This workshop explores issues in classroom change with the goal of helping teachers move toward more student-centered classrooms. The programs feature K-5 teachers at decision-making points in actual classroom situations, allowing viewers to discuss with colleagues how they might approach their "next moves" given similar circumstances.
A promotional DVD for teachers using the ARIES curriculum in their classrooms.
Assessment in Math and Science (1998)
This workshop examines assessment issues and strategies in K-12 math and science classrooms. Through video segments of real classrooms interspersed with lively discussions of practicing teachers and content experts, participants see how teachers deal with common issues and discover ways to use assessment to improve teaching and learning.
Case Studies in Science Education (1997)
These case studies take science education reform to a personal level, where individuals struggle to make changes that matter. These videos follow science teachers as they work to improve one aspect of their teaching. Each case follows a single teacher over the course of a year to show: the teacher's background and the problem he or she chose to address, the chosen approach and implementation, and the outcome with assessment.
Mathematics: What's the Big Idea? (1997)
K-8 teachers of mathematics contemplate provocative questions in order to explore new ways of teaching math. Using a variety of models, activities, tools, and video clips, this workshop encourages participants to reflect upon their own practice and discuss ideas for innovation in teaching.
Minds of Our Own (1996)
These three one-hour programs are designed to make science teachers aware of students' preconceptions. An extension of the award-winning video, A Private Universe, Minds of Our Own shows that many of the things we assume about how children learn are simply not true, and that the education system we have built is based largely on a series of myths.
The Science of Teaching Science (1995)
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 provides new and veteran teachers with the confidence to try new approaches to teaching.
The Private Universe Project in Science (1994)
This workshop explores the reasons why teaching science is so difficult and offers practical advice to help teachers teach more effectively. Each program focuses on one theme and one content area and uses specific examples to show how students' preconceived ideas can create critical barriers to learning.
Annie and the Stars of Many Colors (1993)
A video documentary in which fifth-grade students explore the childhood and career of Annie Jump Cannon through hands-on activities at the Harvard University Archives and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
A Private Universe (1987)
A video documentary on education research for grade K-12 educators. From its famous opening scene at a Harvard graduation, this classic of education research brings into sharp focus the dilemma facing all educators: why even the brightest students fail to grasp basic science concepts.