Friday, November 12, 2010

FOR for week of Nov. 15

Featured Online Resource
Nov 15, 2010

Every week, the Ort Library brings you a new and outstanding resource from the Web or from one of the library's databases. To get an archive of all FOR entries, click here. Also, you can suggest a website that provides well-organized access to useful info.

THIS WEEK'S Featured Online Resource
The Cassiopeia Project

The Cassiopeia Project is an effort to make intelligent but easily digestible videos on all manner of science topics. The project, operating under the slogan “No science teacher left behind,” is funded by an adamantly anonymous retired scientist. The project is named after the Cassiopeia Constellation at the edge of the Milky Way, known for its wayfinding capcaity; once you find Cassiopeia, you can easily locate all other constellations in the Northern hemisphere — a beautiful metaphor for the illuminating mission of the project

With more than 100 videos to date available on iTunesU, YouTube, and in the Video Library the project offers an invaluable resource on everything from quantum mechanics to evolution to the theory of relativity. Most videos also include a print transcript that is free to download as a .pdf file. All the content is open-source and educators and students are encouraged to edit, remix and otherwise customize the footage.

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