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HundrED selects IAU astroEDU as a top 100 education innovation

AstroEDU is one of the world's most inspiring education innovations, according to the experts at HundrED. It is a recognition for a place where educators can discover, review, change, and share astronomy- and space-related activities for primary and secondary education, and where they can have their activities peer-reviewed by professionals in education and science.

Innovative, impactful and scalable

HundrED is a global nonprofit organisation that researches inspiring innovations in education from around the world. Annually it selects the most inspiring 100 initiatives. Educational practices have to meet the criteria of being innovative, impactful and scalable to make it onto the list. For the 2019 list, HundrED has recognized IAU astroEDU among the top 100 innovations.

Discover, review, change, and share

IAU astroEDU is an open-access platform that uses the familiar peer-review workflow of scientific publications, to improve the standards of quality, visibility and accessibility of educational activities. This online platform is a project from the International Astronomical Union. It was founded by the Sterrewacht at Leiden University, which still is one of the official supporters of the platform. AstroEDU is a place where educators can discover, review, change, and share astronomy- and space-related activities for primary and secondary education, and also have their activities peer-reviewed by professionals in education and science.

Not another web repository

Saku Tuominen, CEO of HundrED, said: 'Spreading innovations such as AstroEDU across borders can be a gamechanger for education, worldwide. We will continue to encourage as many stakeholders as possible including schools, educators, administrators, students and organizations to get involved so that we can work towards a positive future.'

'It is not another web repository for educational resources, but a mechanism for peer-reviewing and publishing high-quality astronomy education activities in an open access way,' says Michael Fitzgerald (IAU astroEDU Editor-in-Chief, Edith Cowan University). The peer review involves input from both a content specialist (scientist) and a pedagogical expert (educator). This assures educators that the activities are both scientifically current and address pedagogical and practical realities of the classroom.

New educational videos

Innovating across digital learning environments, IAU AstroEDU also announces the release of new educational videos to explain the unknown universe, spanning concepts of black holes, dark matter and dark energy. Two of the featured astronomers in the videos are Henk Hoekstra (professor at Leiden University) and Maria Cristina Fortuna (PhD candidate at Leiden University). The videos provide incisive explanations supporting primary and secondary school activities on the topic. Hoekstra adds, 'IAU AstroEDU is an excellent platform to bridge the gap between cutting-edge research and schools and we hope to see young minds engaged in solving the Universe’s most difficult mysteries.' The videos and activities are freely available on the IAU astroEDU platform. See also: Leiden astronomers explain the universe in educational videos.

Image above: IAU astroEDU/StudioNow

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