Showing posts with label Open University. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Open University. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments - An Open University Series

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments is a short series of instructional videos produced by The Open University. Each of the four videos in the series features a short lesson followed by directions for an experiment that you can carry out to see the lesson's concepts in action. The four lessons are on avalanches, tornadoes, floods, and dust storms.

Applications for Education
The videos in the Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments series probably aren't terribly engaging. That said, Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments could be a good place to find ideas and directions for activities that your students can do in your classroom. Depending upon the age of your students, you may have to modify some of the experiments.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Videos - Black Death and Other Germy Things

The Open University, whose works I've featured in the past (here, here), recently released a new series of videos called Seven Wonders of the Microbe World. The Seven Wonders of the Microbe World is a seven part series of short videos exploring things like the Black Death, antibiotics, and food preservation. You can watch the videos individually or watch them as one combined 25 minute long video. I've embedded the Black Death video below.



Applications for Education
If you're going to use these videos in your classroom, you should know that the first video in the series does talk about the role of microbes in brewing beer. If that's not a topic you wish to have in your classroom, watch the other six segments but don't watch the 25 minute combined video. The other videos could be good for introducing students to the role of microbes in many facets of life. Watching the Black Death video reminded me a bit of reading Guns, Germs, and Steel.


H/T to Open Culture

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

60 Second Adventures in Thought

Here are some short thought-provoking animated videos from The Open University. 60 Second Adventures in Thought is a series of videos explaining six famous thought experiments. The videos are narrated by David Mitchell. Watch Schrodinger's Cat in the video below.



Applications for Education
If you're looking for some short conversation starters for your lessons in history, science, mathematics, or sociology take 60 seconds to show one of these videos to your students.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Greek Heroes in Popular Culture Through Time

Greek Heroes in Popular Culture Through Time is a series of short animated videos from The Open University. The videos offer an analysis of how Greek heroes have been portrayed in popular media over the years. The videos are probably a bit too edgy for a lot of high school settings, but I'll leave that decision to you. You can find the videos and transcripts on the course page, on YouTube, and on iTunes.



Applications for Education
These videos could help students make connections between the classics they have to read and movies they may have seen.