December 10, 2007
By Elisabeth Grant
MIT has extended its OpenCourseWare project with a new section specifically designed for the high school classroom. The original MIT OpenCourseWare site was created to share (for free) resources, like notes and exams, from a wide variety of MIT course curriculum (see this past post on AHA Today). Currently, the site draws from over 1,800 courses (70 subjects in history).
The new “Highlights for High School” section is a carefully crafted assortment of course materials, videos, labs, study aids, and more. While the majority of the site’s offerings are meant for high school students in AP Biology, AP Calculus, and AP Physics, the “Write Better” and “Introductory MIT Courses” span a larger range of disciplines.
For instance, history teachers may be interested in the study materials from the MIT course “Causes and Prevention of War” which examines events from “World War I, World War II, Korea, Indochina, and the Peloponnesian, Crimean and Seven Years wars.” Or they may want to peruse the readings and lecture notes from “The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights,” a class held in fall 2006. Of course, students may just want to find out how to build robots.