Looking for inspirational material for teaching school age kids? Academic IT services is offering a set of free teaching materials from Oxford University for school teachers via a portal hosted on the Times Educational Supplement website (also known as TESconnect).
The Oxford area of the TESconnect portal now contains more than 200 Oxford University resources for Key Stages 2-5 from subjects including English, Science, Art and Design, History and Geography. The materials have been carefully selected by a former secondary school teacher and Oxford graduate, who has identified each of the resources as suitable for classroom use. New cataloguing has been done to create descriptions to effectively frame the items for teachers. The resources were mainly selected from existing outreach media published already on web sites and Oxford on iTunesU. Highlights include many of the short TED style talks from Physics researchers, the Learn to Draw series from the Ruskin Art project and many talks relating to World War One.
Many of the resources could be used as starter activities in the classroom to stimulate discussion or introduce a new unit. Alternatively, they could be set as a homework task to stretch gifted and talented students and in some cases, give them a taster of higher education study.
A recent talk about the work attracted an audience of outreach officers and academics from across the university; fruitful discussion ensued over how the work might develop further.
To see the types of materials currently shared in the portal, please see Oxford’s TESconnect profile (http://www.tes.co.uk/mypublicprofile.aspx?uc=3493912).
If you have materials created for outreach for schools or short talks aimed at the general public and may be interested in this new publishing opportunity then please contact podcasts @ it.ox.ac.uk.