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Designed with educators in mind, these free courses are perfect for improving your own content knowledge, or simply showcasing amazing resources to your class. Each course is chock-full of media assets, worksheets, and guiding questions.

Biodiversity

Biodiversity: investigate the amazing diversity of life on our planet

Take an expedition with us to investigate the amazing diversity of life on this planet. Designed to appeal to anyone interested in learning more about the diversity of life, the course uses hand-drawn animation to explain biodiversity and its importance throughout the world. Each tutorial in the course includes video lessons, articles, and activities that encourage viewers to explore the natural world and become active stewards of the environment.

Earthquake

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What are earthquakes? Gain a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with this iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and Northern California public media provider KQED. Designed for middle- and high-school science educators to broaden their own knowledge and use with students, the course weaves together activities, videos, and classroom-ready materials into a primer on how plate tectonics shape Earth's surface and directly impact people's lives.

How Science Works

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How does the real process of science really work? Gain a new perspective of the dynamic process of science and how it relates to you with this iTunes U course co-produced by the Academy and University of California Museum of Paleontology. 

Designed for middle- and high- school science educators to broaden their own knowledge and understanding and to use with students, the course weaves together activities, videos, and classroom-ready materials into a primer on the process of science that includes exploration and discovery, testing ideas, community feedback and peer review, and benefits and outcomes.

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