GEMS Orientation Videos
Welcome to your Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS)
orientation videos, via the web. These videos are designed to
provide you with a basic overview of the featured GEMS unit.
If you already have the unit and
are familiar with the materials, there is a point on each video
where you could "STOP the TAPE" and try out a main
activity. Aware of the time limitations all teachers face, we
have tried to make the videos concise, with the longest being
23 minutes. Actual classroom footage is included to help you
visualize class presentation and student response. We emphasize
the goals of the unit, and suggest a few extensions or literature
connections. There are GEMS Orientation Videos for: Acid
Rain, Bubble-ology, Buzzing a Hive, Crime Lab Chemistry, Earth,
Moon, and Stars, Fingerprinting, Involving Dissolving, Liquid
Explorations, and Oobleck: What Do Scientists Do?
The videos were made way back in the last decade of the 20th
century, so may be slightly dated. Some guides have been revised,
but in all cases main activities remain the same. We hope you
find these videos useful. Let us know!
Technical Note: In order to view these videos, you will need
to have RealVideo
These videos were produced as a result of a distance learning
project featuring GEMS that was broadcast on a live, interactive
satellite television network. GEMS Associate Director Kimi Hosoume,
former GEMS Curriculum Specialist Cary Sneider, and GEMS Network
Director Carolyn Willard were the television presenters and they
also appear on these videos. This project, funded by the U.S.
Department of Education, was initiated by Educational Service
District 101 in Spokane, Washington. Evaluation was conducted
by Northwest Labs. From this partnership in distance learning,
these more concise summaries of nine GEMS units emerged. The original
live programs were produced by RXL Pulitzer in Spokane. Kathryn
McCormick, Producer, and Mary DeCesare, Director, both from RXL,
also produced and edited these orientation videotapes. GEMS Director
Jacqueline Barber, the three GEMS presenters featured on the tapes,
and GEMS Associate Director/Principal Editor Lincoln Bergman assisted
in scriptwriting and final editing. These videos are copyrighted
by the Regents of the University of California, with all rights
reserved. Video hosted by the Office of Education Technology.