Teach the World in Biology: Paid Work with our Global Education Charity

Dear followers, The Virtual School is hiring teachers, tutors & science presenters

Can you identify with making the best Biology Education available to hundreds of thousands of learners around the world? Then join our education charity team! The project: The Biology Journey | Starting mid-October & for three months, you will form part of a passionate team of outstanding Biology teachers. You will co-create audio recordings of 2-4 minute lessons that explain essential concepts in Key Stage 4 Biology.

Our animators take your audio lessons and turn them into free Open Educational Resource Videos for YouTube and partner websites like TES. The videos will form a Learning Journey on our Open Learning platform ‘Fuse School’, including interactive tests and learning plans for students.

FREE Any child around the world with a PC, tablet or mobile will be able to access these resources completely free of charge.

CREDIT We accredit each teacher in their video – including your social media profiles and website.

How to create your own open video resources – a tutorial for teachers by Malik Wilson

In this tutorial our Creative Manager Malik shows you how to create your own open educational resources (in a video multimedia format) using free software.

Step 1
- Write your script
- Create a quick storyboard

Step 2
- Record your audio
Software: You can use free audio recording software, Audacity – http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

Step 3
- Create your animations in PowerPoint
- Record the timings and save as a video

Step 4
- Bring your audio and PowerPoint video together in free editing software
Software:
- Windows Movie Maker for PCs – http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=34
- IMovie for Macs – http://support.apple.com/downloads/#imovie

Step 5
- Export your video
- Upload to YouTube or OER Commons (http://www.oercommons.org/) etc.

SchoolNet South Africa: ICT in the Classroom Conference – for all those who missed our talk

Frederic Kastner, Programme Manager for The Virtual School and Malik Adam Wilson, Creative Manager for The Virtual School were invited to the SchoolNet Conference in South Africa to talk to over 600 teachers on the Open Educational Resource Movement, how it’s changing the world of education and how teachers from everywhere can get involved.

The talk also includes the OER Organisations around the world creating free educational resources for everyone – Khan Academy, Coursera, The Virtual School, Udacity, Siyavula, TED-Ed and Bread Bin.

As always, it would be great if you could leave us your feedback or if you simply got in touch if you can think of a way of collaborating with us around Open Educational Resources, no matter where you are around the world! We need the help of animators, designers, teachers, NGOs and charities, governments and higher education institutions, as well as social enterprises, to get spread engaging, localised Open Educational Resources around the world.

Tweet at us with the hashtags #oer, #schoolnetSA: http://www.twitter.com/virtualschooluk
Get in touch: vsteam@fusion-universal.com
Find our videos: http://www.youtube.com/virtualschooluk
Friend us: http://www.facebook.com/virtualschooluk

Virtual School News

Here are the news on the Virtual School in June. Learn about our current progress with the Chemistry Journey project, in which we are providing over 250 videos in Chemistry for upper secondary education around the world.

Other news are new partnerships for the translation of our Open Educational Resources and our upcoming talks and events. Leave us your feedback and send us an Email if you want to get involved!

Young Designers for Global Educational Equality: Introducing our new team

Dear followers of the Virtual School,

We are coming to the end of one of the most exciting weeks in the history of our young programme. The Virtual School has just been reinforced by six fantastic young designers, with origins from the different corners of the earth – exactly what we were hoping for to form a team that will produce free learning resources for a global audience.

In this video, they are giving a fun intro to themselves – and are getting over their initial shyness in front of the camera. What ever happens, they will have to get used to being filmed: besides publishing the free Chemistry videos that the new team will create, we want to give our followers the story behind the scenes – and that is because these ultra-talented deserved to be lauded for giving their time to our education for all cause.

The only thing left to say? Watch out for the great videos they are going to produce! =)

The Virtual School is getting fired up for its new project: The Chemistry Journey

Dear friends of the Virtual School, our team has an update on the progress being made on hiring teachers and designers for the Chemistry Journey – our new project with the goal of creating 300 new Chemistry videos.

Further news: an exciting conference coming up in July in South Africa.

Matthew Tosh Interview | Working with The Virtual School

With The Chemistry Journey about to begin we chat to Matthew Tosh, a teacher who will be working with Fuse EDU and the Virtual School initiative.

Matthew Tosh has experience of presenting science shows for Teachers TV, teaching Chemistry and Physics and is now providing explanations for the Chemistry Journey. We ask him about his teaching and motivation in this exclusive interview.

Celebrate Darwin, the evolutionary revolutionary!

On February 12, 2013 we celebrate Darwin Day, 204 years after the birth of biology’s revolutionary scientist. Darwin is best known for promoting scientific naturalism over theology combining a number of disciplines to create his theory of natural selection.

Although 19th Century Darwinism came to represent a whole host of revolutionary philosophies around evolution, Darwin himself is famed for establishing that all species have descended over time from common ancestors. Want to learn more….check out our video!

At the Virtual School we are revolutionary too: we are aiming to democratise access to the highest quality learning by revolutionising how education is developed and delivered. In a similar vein to Darwin we’re blending a number of disciplines to explore a new way of creating free engaging high quality mobile education. Revolutionaries stick together so let us celebrate Darwin the launch of our DARWIN DAY 2013 MUSIC VIDEO!

Check out Evolution Revolution and let us know what you think!