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MIT OpenCourseWare contains a treasure trove for high school students, in addition to college-level courses. The high school section focuses on subjects and exam preparation for math, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, programming, humanities and social studies. MIT has also spawned several supporting web sites that can work alongside the OCW.
This course outlines Massachusetts Institute of Technology's OpenCourseWare (MIT's OCW) for high school students, and will:
- introduce MIT's OCW web site,
- highlight the high school section of the OCW,
- reorganize OCW's links in a one-page view.
- help clarify MIT's array of features and supporting web sites.
We start with an overview of the parent OCW site (mainly college courses), where 85% audience are students or self-learners, and 56% are from outside of North America. You can link to the most popular courses by clicking "Abous Us."
MIT OpenCourseWare is accessed by a broadly international population of educators and learners.
High school students should focus on this section "Highlights for High School." It is organized into 2 sections: "Subjects" and "Exam preparation."
What Can I Do on This Site?
- Get help with homework
- Study for an exam
- Prepare for an Advanced Placement* exam
- Start a fun project
- Learn about MIT
Teachers and parents for homeschooling have successfully used MIT OCW for independent study. Here's some useful tips. It says:
Highlights for High School is an open educational resource developed by MIT OpenCourseWare that provides free classroom materials for high school educators, students, and parents.
The materials are drawn from several sources including:
- MIT undergraduate courses
- MIT faculty who have created course materials specifically for the high school audience
- MIT outreach programs aimed at high school students
Here's a collection of high school biology courses. Some are undergraduate introductory courses, while others are courses created specifically for high schools.
MIT’s Biology program ensures that students master the core principles of the field, including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology.
For example, this is a specific course on biology, "Fundamentals of Biology." From this page, the student previews the course description, prerequisites, goals, format, and teaching team.
This page then links to course materials, videos, progress quizzes, exam and solution (PDFs), assignments and solutions. The videos are on Youtube (and therefore fast), and range from a few minutes to about 50 minutes.
Click the "Get Started" button and follow the flow! You may also join Study Group, and download the study material as a package.
This is a specific course on biology. From here, the student previews the course description, prerequisites, goals, format, and teaching team. This page also links to materials, videos, progress quiz questions, exam and solution (PDFs), assignments and solutions.
Here's a collection of math courses for high school students. They have been developed for undergraduate introductory classes, or by MIT students. There are several calculus courses and some on applied math.
For example, this is a specific math course. On this page, the students will learn about the instructors, the syllabus, and link to lecture notes (course notes, slides, handouts in PDF format), assignments (project), and sample projects.
We will explore the mathematical strategies behind popular games, toys, and puzzles. Topics covered will combine basic fundamentals of game theory, probability, group theory, and elementary programming concepts. Each week will consist of a lecture and discussion followed by game play to implement the concepts learned in class.
Desserts References and More
Searchable deposits of lecture videos, contributed by teachers from the US and all over the world. The videos are downloadable. An example is a math video on Phythagorean Theorem (see below).
BLOSSOMS video lessons are enriching students' learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore. Our Video Library contains over 50 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes.
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