It is recommended that teachers should view any video before purchase.
This is material from the CDROM produced by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in partnership the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD). The material includes: Practical activities, Investigations, Materials testing, Careers information and profiles and an extensive annotated list of web-links.
The author was Cameron Bell. The support of the following is acknowledged: Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing- Swinburne University of Technology, Prof Matthew Bailes, Dr Chris Fluke, Dr Sarah Maddison and Stuart Gill, and Keith Burrows, formerly of Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School.
At the 2008 Physics Teachers' Conference Paul presented a session on teaching the Astronomy Area of Study. These are the documents that he supplied to the Conference Proceedings. Paul teaches at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School.
At the 2014 Physics Teachers' Conference Russell presented a session on teaching the Astronomy to Year 10 with lab based practical work. These are the documents that he supplied to the Conference Proceedings. Russell teaches at PLC.
At Strathmore Secondary College offers programs for VCE Physics students.
Website for students and teachers.
Interactive Applets for Video: Galileo-Battle for the heavens.
Includes good downloadable exercises
The Universe Forum is the national centre for the teaching and learning about the structure and evolution of the universe. Sponsored by NASA and based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, the world's largest centre for astrophysical research, the Forum uses the unique resources of NASA's space science research program to create exciting learning experiences for students, teachers and the public.
This is an archival site. The Universe Forum's role as part of NASA's Education Support Network concluded in September, 2009. Please visit NASA at http://nasascience.nasa.gov/ for current information about NASA's science, education, and public outreach activities.
An applet in which add 1, 10 or 100 stars, to a HR diagram (Luminosity vs Temp), then watch as they each evolve over time.
The applet show an Intensity vs frequency graph. The temperature is controlled by a slide control. The intensity graph changes shape against a background of the visible spectrum. The scale on the intensity axis changes to keep the graph within the screen.
A range of attractively presented activities for primary and lower secondary students. Teacher notes included.
This site can access some useful educational sites of web-based courses, teaching strategies, demos, practical activities as well as software and applets. The site also gives access to sophisticated astronomy and astrophysics journals.
The US National Academy of Sciences' Broad Physics and Astronomy has set a committee with the task of "identifying the observational, experimental and thoeretical routes to understanding the birth and destiny of the universe, the laws that govern it, and even the nature of space and time". The committee published its report in 2000. Their plans and miniutes of meetings are also available.
These resources aim to support the teaching of astronomy and space to 11-16 year olds. The resources are built around a series of five Teachers TV programs which are available to watch at www.teachers.tv. The programs were produced with funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, on behalf of the Institute of Physics and Teachers TV. Within the programs there are sections to use with students, where astronomers talk about their work in an inspiring and engaging way, as well as guidance and advice on setting up and managing practical activities with students. The activities are supported by full teaching notes.
This UK website offers schools in the UK and Ireland free access to the Liverpool Telescope. However the website does have some useful resources including activities, worksheets and information for students.
Eric Idle sings his Galaxy Song to accompanying images (2:40 min)
An initiative of Macquarie University on using the Faulkes Telscope Project with ASISTM funding to develop curriculum materials for Australian Schools. There are 6 teaching modules.
Material prepared by Jeff Stanger of Sydney Girls High School as part of the 'Deep Space in the Curriculum' project: An initiative of Macquarie University on using the Faulkes Telscope Project with ASISTM funding to develop curriculum materials for Australian Schools. There are 6 teaching modules.
NASA site for current information about their science, education, and public outreach activities.
Spitzer's Spin on Stars. Watch this NASA video explaining the similarities between spinning stars and spinning skaters. The stars with dust clouds spin slower - similar to a skater with extended arms. Video courtesy of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (2.5 min)
Like other stars of its type, our Sun will eventually become a planet-engulfing red giant (2 min video)
Our sun is a medium-sized star. Eventually, the supply of hydrogen fuel will run down and the star will die. In the process of dying, the sun will go through stages, including becoming a red giant, core fusion and status as a white dwarf (2:15 min)
A Youtube video (2:35 min)that shows the comparative size of the stars using realistic images of rotating planets and stars. It starts with the moon, moves through the planets, then the sun, followed by about a dozen stars of increasing size, finishing with the largest stars known. The video finishes with the questions, how long would it take an aircraft to fly around the largest star. Answer over 1000 years.
There are a range of search categories including: Moon & Mars, Solar System, Technology, Universe, etc. There are about 60 videos listed under 'Universe'
With Google Earth's new Sky feature, you can: i) Browse around and zoom in to distant galaxies and nebulae, ii) View constellations and the movements of the planets, iii) Hear astronomy podcasts and read celestial research from expert sources and iv) Create and share your own imagery, placemarks and more.
The Website for the famous 'Powers of 10' video. They have established a Powers of 10 Video Response Competition with announcements to be made at the end of January 2011.
This Youtube video is similar to the Powers of 10 video except that it runs for 8:35 min and is narrated by Morgan Freeman. It is reputed to be an extract from the IMAX film 'Cosmic Voyage'.