Educational Media Productions
OPB has more than 15 years of experience designing and producing multimedia educational resources for students, teachers, and adult learners. OPB's productions take advantage of multiple platforms, including websites with streaming video, instructional text, animations, interactive experiences, and downloadable materials, and are sometimes aligned with hands-on experiences, exhibits, or documentaries for public television. Our productions explore subjects in depth and tell stories that entertain and inform. Resources use media to inspire teachers about content and methodology, and to enhance their ability to meet students' needs in the current technology reliant environment. Teachers, curriculum developers, and expert advisors from a variety of academic fields help shape OPB's productions, ensuring accuracy and engagement for audiences. Many of OPB's projects undergo rigorous independent evaluations, which contribute to current and future success. OPB's educational media productions are funded by grants from a variety of federal agencies, such as NASA, the NSF, and the U.S. Department of Education, and by private foundations such as the Annenberg Foundation and others.
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Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum
Essential Lens: Analyzing Photographs Across the Curriculum is a multidisciplinary resource that will inspire middle and high school teachers to use photographs and photographic ephemera in the classroom. The resource includes five videos that introduce the ways photographic images impact our lives and enhance what we know about the natural world, scientific phenomena, history, communities, and more. Featured in the videos are interviews with filmmaker Ken Burns, historian Linda Gordon, National Geographic photo editor Pamela Chen, environmental photographer Gary Braasch, New Orleans photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, conflict photographer Louie Palu, and others. On the course website, 11 curated photo collections with more than 300 rights-cleared photographs for classroom use are paired with background information and detailed thematic classroom activity plans. Essential Lens provides everything a teacher needs to begin using photographs to engage students in deeper understanding and learning of topics in Earth and space science, environmental studies, life science, social studies, World and U.S. History, literature, and more. OPB produced Essential Lens with funding from Annenberg Learner.
Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT)
EMAT is a six-unit teacher professional development course to enhance high school t teachers' knowledge of energy-related concepts within the context of alternative energy. A key feature of the project is video-based lesson analysis, a method in which teachers can improve their practice by watching and analyzing themselves and other teachers as they teach the course materials. Look for EMAT in 2016. OPB is currently producing the media for the EMAT website in collaboration with the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) at Montana State University, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC). Currently in production
Understanding Ebola Virus Disease
In collaboration with the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study OPB developed a computer-based data-driven interactive that modeled the infection and spread of the Ebola virus, as well as a map of selected viral infections over time and instructional materials useful to high school students, college students, and the general public. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Science / Technology
Girls Gather for Computer Science
Girls Gather for Computer Science (G2CS) is a comprehensive, innovative program designed to introduce 7th- and 8th-grade girls to CS and excite them about the field's many career opportunities by offering them an authentic experience and putting them in contact with positive role models and mentors. Created by Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, in collaboration with OPB, G2CS includes a four-week summer camp with hands-on activities, socializing, and field trips to see women working in software development, digital media design, biotechnology, and more (camps held in the summers of 2012, 13, and 14). Participants form an online community on the G2CS website. Teachers, parents, and female CS mentors support and sustain girls' interest and success in CS for ten years following the summer program. G2CS was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Carbon Connections: The Carbon Cycle and the Science of Climate
Produced in collaboration with the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and funded by a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this three-unit online curriculum is designed to help students in grades nine through 12 better understand the carbon cycle and the science of Earth's climate.
Across the Sciences
Designed for high school teachers who teach multidisciplinary science classes or who are teaching out of their fields of endorsement, Across the Sciences offers an effective approach to topics such as Forces, Reactions, Matter, Evolution, Tectonics, and more. Across the Sciences deepens teachers' content knowledge and improves their practice, offering effective strategies for addressing common student misconceptions. OPB created Across the Sciences in collaboration with the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and the National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
America's History in the Making
America's History in the Making is a professional development course designed to enhance teachers' content knowledge of American history from the Pre-Columbian era through the 20th century. The 22-part series includes video episodes, an online textbook, workshop activities and a website with six interactives focused on developing historical thinking skills. OPB produced America's History in the Making in partnership with the National Center for History in the Schools, the Organization of American Historians, and a nationwide consortium of school districts. A grant from the Teaching American History (TAH) program of the U.S. Department of Education funded to production, which id disseminated by Annenberg Learner.
Bridging World History
Bridging World History is a set of professional development and classroom materials supporting the study of world history thematically and chronologically. It includes 26 units, each with a half-hour video, an online textbook chapter, and hands-on activities to support a three-credit distance education course. The website includes an interactive for viewing history thematically, and an audio glossary for pronunciations, and an archive of 1500 primary and secondary sources cleared for classroom use.
OPB created Bridging World History in partnership with the College Board, the National Center for History in the Schools, The World History Network, The Journal of World History, The World History Association, The Center for History and New Media (George Mason University), The Center for World History at Northeastern University, and the National Council for Social Studies. The project was funded by Annenberg Learner and is distributed on its website.
Mathematics Illuminated is a 13-part integrated-media resource created for adult learners and high school teachers. The series covers the broad scope of human knowledge through the study of mathematics and its relevance in the world today. It reaches beyond formulas and computations to explore the math of patterns, symmetry, relationships, multiple dimensions, and more, all the while uncovering the secrets and hidden delights of the ever-evolving world of mathematics. The resource offers 13 half-hour videos, an online textbook, web interactives, and group activities. This project was made possible by a grant from Annenberg Learner.
Rediscovering Biology: Molecular to Global Perspectives
Rediscovering Biology: Molecular to Global Perspectives is a graduate-level professional development series for high school biology teachers. Each of the series' 13 units includes a half-hour video, an online textbook chapter, and a set of learning activities. An accompanying course guide provides information for using the materials in a class or workshop session. The website offers an archive of animations and technical figures for the series and four interactive case studies based on real-world scientific research. OPB developed Rediscovering Biology in partnership with the National Association of Biology Teachers and with a grant from Annenberg Learner.
American Passages: A Literary Survey
American Passages is a teacher professional development and student resource for studying American Literature in its cultural context. A 16-unit video series explores canonical and re-discovered texts, and is accompanied by an Instructor Guide, a study guide, and readings excerpted from works of literature. The website features an online multimedia composition tool for class assignments and a searchable database of more than 3000 primary source items (e.g., photographs, texts, audio recordings) cleared for classroom use. OPB developed American Passages in partnership with the W.W. Norton Anthology of American Literature and the Crossroads Project of the American Studies Association and with a grant from Annenberg Learner. American Passages was awarded the Gold Hugo Award for Educational Documentary in the Chicago Film Festival.
Artifacts & Fiction
Drawing from the literature covered in Artifacts & Fiction is a professional development workshop series that guides teachers through the pairing of primary source materials with American literature texts. Video segments follow teachers as they participate in eight workshop sessions to develop new techniques for teaching literature in a historical context. The series website includes discipline tutorials (building off the eight workshops) and lesson planning tools. OPB developed Artifacts & Fiction in partnership with the National Council for Teachers of English and with a grant from Annenberg Learner.