A learning object has been defined as the following:
  • "Any entity, digital or non-digital, that may be used for learning, education or training"
  • "Any digital resource that can be reused to support learning"
  • "Web-based interactive chunks of e-learning designed to explain a stand-alone learning objective" (Source: Wikipedia)

PMI on Learning Objects in Education

Plus - they are often free, interactive and are portal (can save the object and use it else where)
Minus - Even though there are thousands of LO, this is not always one that you require
Interesting - growth in this type of resource is high


Sources:

Ditigal Learning Bank from South Australia
http://dlb.sa.edu.au/tle/logon.do
A username and password is required for use on this site.

Or
Samples from The Learning Federation
http://www.thelearningfederation.edu.au/for_teachers/sample_learning_materials/tm_-_science.html
Or
Digilearn in Victoria - http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/teachingresources/elearning/digilearn.htm
Or
The Learning Place Curriculum Exchange from Queensland (EQ employees only)
http://education.qld.gov.au/learningplace/
or
http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/p/home
This site is for independent schools and teachers throughout Australia.

or
A sample (5) can be found on my school's link page
http://my.stlukes.qld.edu.au/index.php?Do=Site/Links
http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L47/index.html

The Science learning objects support and enhance students' understanding of key scientific concepts in a range of contexts.

The learning objects are based on current research findings in science education and pedagogy. They foster scientific inquiry, data interpretation, analysis and synthesis skills that are transferable to daily life and to offline learning opportunities.

The learning objects promote scientific literacy and are organised around scientific concepts with real-life application for students. They contain open-ended investigative tasks, tools, activities, and processes that enable students to engage in 'real' science experiences and to construct and test their own scientific understandings.

Many of the learning objects also provide meaningful models, simulations and demonstrations of scientific concepts and practices. These provide teachers and students with experiences that are not universally available because, for example, they require expensive equipment or occur over extended periods of time.

Learning objects released to date cover the following curriculum strands:
Earth and beyond
Life and living
Natural and processed materials
Energy and change
Working scientifically.

Other Sources:
Australian Science Innovations - Big Science
http://www.bigscience.edu.au/www/index.cfm

http://www.teachersdomain.org/tdhome.html
Teacher’s Domain – resources K-12 (must register but is FREE)

http://www.wisc-online.com/
Wisconsin Online Resource Centre - resources 7-12
(must register but is FREE - THIS IS EXCELLENT)

http://www.explorelearning.com/
ExploreLearning offers a catalog of modular, interactive simulations in math and science for teachers and students in grades 6-12. We call these simulations Gizmos.
Gizmos are fun, easy to use, and flexible enough to support many different teaching styles and contexts.
Our Gizmos are designed as supplemental curriculum materials that support state and national curriculum standards; in addition, Gizmos help teachers bring research-proven instructional strategies to their classrooms.
http://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=cUser.dspLoginJoin
What are Gizmos Movie - http://explorelearning.blogs.com/help/2005/06/an_introduction.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/index_flash.shtml
Interactive science learning objects form 5 to 11 year olds

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=315
Skoool Science is an outstanding array of science and maths learning objects
It targets stage 3 (Year 7 to 9) and stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) students

http://www.activescience-gsk.com/home.cfm
Active Science – interactive learning objects from the England and Wales

http://www.kscience.co.uk/animations/anim_1.htm
KScience Animations – are interactive learning objects

http://www.publish.csiro.au/onborrowedtime/sections/index.html
CSIRO's On Borrowed Time - An Eco Teaching Resource with 4 Inquiry Units:
Adaptation, Forest, Fire and Farming are included on this resource - set up with learning objects, multimedia resources, experiments etc

http://www.learningdemo.com/noaa/
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Plate Tectonics, Water Cycle, Ocean Waves, Hurricanes, Subduction Zones and 10 other lessons

http://www.e-learningforkids.org/courses.html#science
E-learning for kids - this organisation produces learning objects in maths, english, health and science education for 5 to 12 year olds.

LORN: Learning Object Repository Network
http://lorn.flexiblelearning.net.au/Home.aspx



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Teaching Strategies and Learning Objects



Sample Teaching Units


some work in progress - final versions of these will be placed on the ASTA website in early 2009
http://simerr-asta-conference.wikispaces.com/

Strands


Life and Living
K-3

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%201%20Science/home/
Which plants give us food?
Level: 1.1 Needs and 2.1 Patterns and relationships between living things

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%202%20Science/home/
Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Level 3.2 Illustrates stages in different types of life cycles

4-7
http://www.teachersdomain.org/3-5/sci/life/index.html
Teacher’s Domain on Biological Sciences – various sub-strands

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/8_9/habitats_fs.shtml
Habitats

http://www.planetarkive.org/games/designAHabitat.html
Design a Habitat

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%204%20Science%20Moving%20and%20Growing%20The%20skeleton/home/?backto&verb
Skeletons
Level: 2.1 through to 5.1 Relationship between characteristics and functioning


7-10
http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%207%20Science%20Feedingrelationships/home/?backto&verb
Feeding Relationships
Level: 3.1 Relationships between organisms and their environments

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%207%20What%20are%20cells%20like/home/
What are cells like?
And
http://www.wisc-online.com/objects/index_tj.asp?objID=AP11403
Level: 5.1 Structure and function of cells

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%205%20Science%20Healthy%20Living/home/
The effect of Exercise on Health
Level 6.1 Students seek reasons for and can explain why functioning changes in response to variations in internal and external conditions

http://www.activescience-gsk.com/games/index.cfm?module=3
Population Growth
Level: 6.3 Potential long-term effects of changes in biodiversity

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/life/index.html
Teacher’s Domain resources for biological concepts from Year 9 to Year 12

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/index_interactivebody.shtml
Interactive Human Body

Senior Biology

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=63 and
http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=315
skool – learning and teaching technology for biology

http://www.gyc.tas.edu.au/ag_science/WS1.HTM
Experimental Design in Biology

http://biologylab.awlonline.com/
Biology Labs On-Line offers a series of interactive, inquiry-based biology simulations and exercises designed for college and high school biology students. (1 day free trial)

http://www.sciencecourseware.org/VirtualDating/
Virtual Dating - an interactive exercise about Geologic Time. Here you'll learn how geologists and archeologists determine the ages of rocks and ancient artefacts.

http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html
The Powers of Ten – investigating scale and scientific notation

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Z%20Year%2010%20%26%2011%20Science%20What%20is%20Transpiration/home/
What is Transpiration?

http://www.activescience-gsk.com/miniweb/content/enzymes/whyare.cfm
Enzymes and Biotechnology

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/life/index.html
Teacher’s Domain resources for biological concepts from Year 9 to Year 12

http://www.dnaftb.org/dnaftb/
Genetics Resources for Year 10 to 12 students

Natural and Processed Materials

4-7
http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%206%20%20Science%20the%20differences%20between%20solids%20liquids%20and%20gases/home/
Solids, Liquids and Gases
Level 2.1 and 3.1 Properties and structure of materials are interrelated

http://www.teachersdomain.org/3-5/sci/phys/matter/index.html
Teacher’s Domain - Matter

7-10
http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=64#1_8
and
http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=316
19 excellent resources for Year 7 to Year 10 covering various concepts from classifying properties and structure through to patterns of behaviour
Level: 3.1 to 6.1 and 3.2 to 6.2

http://funbasedlearning.com/chemistry/ElemQuiz/default.htm
Element Quiz
Level 4.1 Properties of Materials

http://funbasedlearning.com/chemistry/chembalancer/default.htm and
http://funbasedlearning.com/chemistry/chembalancer3/default.htm
Chemical Equation Balancers
Level 5.2 and 6.2 Patterns of interactions

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/fireworks/fire.html#
Flash interactive on combustion (Year 10 and above)
Level 6.1 Explain the structure and properties of matter using models

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%209%20Science%20Acid%20Rain/home/
Acid Rain
Level 6.1 Relationships between industry, their products and the environment

http://www.wisc-online.com/objects/index_tj.asp?objID=GCH2204
Ionic Bonding
Level 5.1 and 6.1 Explain the structure and properties of matter using models of atoms and molecules

Senior Chemistry

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/ZZ%20Year%2010%20%26%2011%20Science%20The%20structure%20of%20the%20periodic%20table/home/
Patterns in the periodic table

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=64#1_8
and
http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=316
Skoool Chemistry Interactive teaching and learning site

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/phys/matter/index.html
Teacher’s Domain – Matter

http://www.wisc-online.com/objects/index_tj.asp?objID=GCH7804
Balancing Redox Reactions

http://www.chemcollective.org/vlab/vlab.php
Titrations are easy business with this learning object

Energy and Change

4-7
http://www.activescience-gsk.com/games/index.cfm?module=12
Energy Challenge (Ages 8+)
Level: 2.2 Identify forms of energy in their community

http://www.teachersdomain.org/3-5/sci/phys/mfe/index.html
Teacher’s Domain – Motion Forces and Energy

http://www.energex.com.au/switched_on/
Commercial site – Energex – What is Energy? Calculating Heat Energy

http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/index.html
Energy learning object

http://www.abc.net.au/science/planetslayer/
Greenhouse Effect
Years 5 to 8 Energy and Change and Earth and Beyond

7-10
http://www.originenergy.com.au/efficiency/wholesite.html
Origin Energy

http://www.andythelwell.com/blobz/
Electric Circuits - Explanation of simple circuits
Level: 4.2 Transfer and transformation of energy

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%208%20Science%20PEARSON/home/
Magnetic Fields
Level: 3.1 to 5.1 Investigating forces acting on objects and their influence on their motion, behaviour and energy

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=93#28_29
Skool interactive teaching and learning resource on electricity and magnetism
Level: 4.2 to 6.2 Interactions and changes when energy is transferred and transformed

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%209%20Science%20Acid%20Rain/home/

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=93#13_27
and
http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=318
Skoool – Forces and Motion
Level 4.1 to 6.1 Understanding forces acting on objects influence their motion, and energy

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/engin/systems/subtopic_energy.html
Energy and Power Technologies – a variety of resource from the Teacher’s Domain

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/phys/energy/index.html
Teacher’s Domain on Energy and Radiation

Senior Physics

http://phet.colorado.edu/web-pages/simulations-base.html
Physics Education Technology (year 9 to year 12 student resources)

http://webphysics.davidson.edu/Applets/Applets.html
Physlets, Physics Applets, are small flexible Java applets designed for science education. (Requires Java)

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/
Tutorials and multimedia animations to assist with concept development

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=93
and
http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage4.aspx?id=318
Skoool - interactive teaching and learning resources on a variety of concepts

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/phys/energy/index.html
Teacher’s Domain on Energy and Radiation

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/engin/systems/subtopic_energy.html
Energy and Power Technologies – a variety of resource from the Teacher’s Domain

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/phys/fund/index.html
Teacher’s Domain - Fundamental Theory

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/phys/mfw/index.html
Teacher’s Domain – Forces, Motion and Waves

http://www.fearofphysics.com/index1.html
Fear of Physics

Earth and Beyond
K-3

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%203%20Science%20Rocks/home/

Rocks and Soils
Level: 2.1 and 3.1 Identify and describe changes and interactions

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%209%20Science%20The%20position%20of%20the%20planets%20in%20the%20solar%20system/home/
Solar System – Planet positions
Level: 3.2 Discuss regular events in time and space

7-10
http://www.riverdeep.net/earthscience/data/earthscience/earthsciencecenter.html
The Riverdeep EarthScience Center is an online scientific research center for studying information about and gaining understanding of the disasters that reflect our changing Earth. It consists of a number of laboratories: Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Volcanoes.
Level: 6.2 Use scientific ideas to explain how events over time can lead to catastrophic changes

http://www.sciencecourseware.org/eec/Earthquake/
Investigating the seisemic activity of earthquakes
Level: 6.2 Use scientific ideas to explain how events over time can lead to catastrophic changes

http://www.newbaybridge.org/classroom/engineeringfor.html
Design and test your bridge against earthquakes
Level: 6.2 Use scientific ideas to explain how events over time can lead to catastrophic changes.
E&C Level: 6.2 Model and analyse applications of energy transfer and transformation

http://www.sciencecourseware.org/eec/GlobalWarming/
Global Warming
Level 6.3 Stewardship and implications on the planet.

http://www.teachersdomain.org/9-12/sci/ess/index.html
Earth and Space Sciences for Year 9 to Year 12 Students

http://www.lgfl.net/dbmaterial/web/learning%20objects/ls/Year%208%20Geography%20What%20are%20clouds%20and%20why%20does%20it%20rain/home/?backto&verb
What are clouds and why does it rain?

http://earthsci.org/
Earth Science Australia

http://education.nasa.gov/home/index.html
NASA

Science and Society
7-10
http://resources.education.tas.gov.au/item/tlf/7e96eb1c-b22e-c2cb-0927-d99457ea8f85/1/ViewIMS.jsp
Forensic Science together with Science as a “way of knowing”.
Level 3.2 and 4.2 Including Fair Tests

http://www.gyc.tas.edu.au/ag_science/WS1.HTM
Working Scientifically with Agricultural Examples

Science 21
Earth and Space
http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=93#30_36
Skoool resource on Gravity

Water Resources – Virtual River Systems Unit
http://www.sciencecourseware.org/VirtualRiver/

Natural Disasters Unit
http://www.riverdeep.net/earthscience/data/earthscience/earthsciencecenter.html

http://www.sciencecourseware.org/eec/Earthquake/

http://www.sciencecourseware.org/eec/GlobalWarming/