This section will show you how you might use Highlights for High School and OpenCourseWare.
It is intended for:
It is nice to have a place to turn where students can genuinely do independent study, and where busy teachers can rely on OCW materials to be good.
—Donald Cameron, Mathematics Teacher, North Andover, MA.
(Special thanks to Donald Cameron and Pam Hepp)
College chemistry does not look that bad. I could do that!
— High school student after watching ChemLab Boot Camp.
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:
Generally, the materials are geared towards juniors and seniors in high school. However, you may find that motivated students younger than this can enjoy and learn from these courses as well.
The website is organized into two main sections: Subjects and Exam Preparation. The Subjects section is arranged by topics that you are likely to encounter at your high school, such as mathematics, physics, and biology. Within each of these subjects you will find a variety of content, such as labs, courses, and video resources. We encourage you to explore the subjects that are relevant to your teaching.
The Exam Preparation section is aimed at students who are preparing to take Advanced Placement* exams in biology, calculus, chemistry or physics. These materials are meant to supplement the learning that takes place in the classroom. We have mapped relevant OCW course materials to the topics in these exams, so they are easily searchable by one of these topics.
*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.
We understand that many schools don’t allow access to YouTube. For this reason, we have posted all of our videos to TechTV, an MIT-based video service similar to YouTube. You should have no trouble viewing the videos with TechTV.
We include solutions whenever possible. However, some solutions to homework assignments, quizzes, and exams are not published on OCW because they may contain materials professors are intending to reuse within the classroom or are not comfortable sharing online.
The materials on Highlights for High School are not organized in the form of a lesson plan. Instead, we try to present the materials as they were taught to the students here at MIT. When you open a course or resource, you will notice different sections listed on the left hand side of the page. Each section represents the different types of content used in a given course. For example, all of the lecture notes are listed together in one place, the problem sets are all listed together, and the exams and solutions are can be found together.
The underlying premise and purpose of MIT OpenCourseWare is to make course materials used in MIT courses freely and openly available to others for non-commercial educational purposes. Through MIT OpenCourseWare, MIT grants the right to anyone to use the materials, either "as is," or in a modified form. There is no restriction on how a user can modify the materials for the user's purpose. Materials may be edited, translated, combined with someone else's materials, reformatted, or changed in any other way. However, there are three requirements that an MIT OpenCourseWare user must meet to use the materials:
As long as the students all know the materials are available for free and you are not charging them for access to MIT's content, charging for tutoring is fine.
If you choose to reuse or repost MIT OpenCourseWare materials you must give proper attribution to the original MIT faculty author(s). Please utilize the following citation:
[Name], [Course Title], [Term]. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), [URL] (Accessed [Date]). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
Jane Dunphy, 21F.225/21F.226 Advanced Workshop in Writing for Science and Engineering (ELS), Spring 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/foreign-languages-and-literatures/21f-225-advanced-workshop-in-writing-for-science-and-engineering-els-spring-2007 (Accessed March 10, 2008). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
If you want to use the materials on your Web site, you must also include a copy of the MIT OpenCourseWare Creative Commons license, or clear and reasonable link to its URL with every copy of the MIT materials or the derivative work you create from it.