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1 million visit mark for H4HS

Posted in MIT OpenCourseWare, Open Educational Resources, OpenCourseWare by scarsonmsm on December 18, 2009

While MIT OpenCourseWare continues to crank out the big numbers, our Highlights for High School portal is generating digits of its own.  Last month, Highlights received its one millionth visit since launch in November 2007.  Congrats to the Highlights team.  Here’s a taste of the (well-written, in my opinion) press release:

Highlights for High School Marks 1,000,000th Visit

As President Obama announces new focus on STEM education, OCW initiative reaches milestone

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., December 9, 2009 – As President Obama announces the new federal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education initiative “Educate to Innovate“, MIT OpenCourseWare’s own STEM initiative, Highlights for High School, celebrates its one millionth visit. President Obama’s initiative calls for a national campaign to raise American students “from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math over the next decade.”

Launched in 2007, Highlights for High School is intended to do just that. The site features more than 2,600 video and audio clips, animations, lecture notes and assignments taken from actual MIT courses, and categorizes them to match the Advanced Placement physics, biology and calculus curricula. Demonstrations, simulations, and animations give educators engaging ways to present STEM concepts, while videos illustrate MIT’s hands-on approach to the teaching of these subjects.

MIT President Susan Hockfield described the Institute’s motivation for the program at its November 2007 launch. “Strength in K-12 math and science will be increasingly important for America if the nation is to continue to lead in today’s innovation economy,” said MIT President Hockfield. “Highlights for High School will provide students and teachers with innovative tools to supplement their math and science studies. We hope it will inspire students to reach beyond their required classwork to explore more advanced material and might also encourage them to pursue careers in science and engineering.”

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