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Regional Resources now Available on FOSSweb
FOSS is proud to announce that we have collected some of the best on-line resources available so that you can inquire about your own regional environment during each FOSS module. These links are available on FOSSweb to help support and extend FOSS module content, scout field trip locations, bring outreach opportunities to your school, connect with experts, find local support, and explore outdoor or schoolyard resources.
You can find links to things such as backyard wildlife; state wildlife including animals, insects, trees and plants; places to go on field trips; the best places to watch wildlife; local watersheds; astronomy; weather; geologic maps, and much more. Outreach programs that visit school sites are also highlighted. Field trips opportunities to local science museums are available by searching the state within nationally based organization home sites. The majority of the resources are supporting the life and earth science modules, but they support physical and space science as well.
To access these resources on FOSSweb, you can either log in to your account, or visit as a guest by selecting your role, state, and applicable grade level(s). Find the module you are using and go to the “Digital-Only Resources” section at the bottom of the page, then click "Regional Resources." You can narrow the results by choosing a filter: Location, Expert / Outreach, Content, Organism Collection, Schoolyard Resources, Citizen Science, or Environmental Issues. Happy hunting!
Texas Interactive Whiteboard Content now Available for Grade 3-5
Interactive Whiteboard content for the FOSS Texas Edition are now available for Grade 3-5! SMARTboard and Promethan files are available for download on FOSSweb.com. Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) boost the level of interactivity and engagement in the FOSS classroom for teachers and students as an extension of the FOSS Investigations Guide. They can effectively be used to help teachers lead students through the instructional sequences. The Interactive Whiteboard files are available for free with basic Texas FOSSweb access code. The basic Texas access code is the code found on the inside cover of your Investigations Guide and is included with your purchase of FOSS Texas Edition.
To download the files, log in to FOSSweb.com. If you haven't done so already, enter your basic FOSS Texas access code by clicking on the yellow "Activate a New Module" button. Enter the code from the inside cover of your Investigation Guide.
Once your code has been entered, click on the module cover you wish to open. Under the "Digitial Only" resources header, you will find the link to download the Interactive Whiteboard content files.
To use the Promethean ActivInspire flipcharts, download and install free software from Promethean. Download Promethean ActivInspire.
To use the SMART Notebooks, download and install free software from SMART. Download SMART Notebook.
FOSSweb Video Issues
There are some locations that are currently experiencing intermittent issues with the streaming videos.
In some cases, the cause of the video errors is due to the bandwidth availablity at the school. If you are experiencing video play back issues, it may help to contact your local IT staff and ask them to run a speed test to determine if there is enough bandwidth at your school to run video playbkac.
Unfortunately, some other locations are experiecing playback issues with the FOSS 3rd party streaming media streaming server. At this timethere is no good way for us to predict which locations will be having these issues. If you are experiencing these issues, our team at FOSS is profoundfly sorry for the issues!
Ultimately, the issue is that our streaming video provider server is not performing where it should be. As a result, FOSS is contracting with another streaming video provider. We are currently in the process of moving the videos from the old server to the new server. Our current estimates are targeting the end of March of this transition.Once again, we are so sorry if you are experiencing video play back issues! Our team is working on correcting this as soon as possible.
Earth History 2nd Edition Now Available on FOSSweb
We are very excited to announce that the newst FOSS Middle School Course, Earth History, 2nd Edition is now available on FOSSweb.com! You can preview the content by viewing the course as a guest, or unlock teacher resources by entering the access code in the inside cover of your Investigations Guide.
FOSSweb Conversion News
Veteran users of FOSSweb.com will notice that we've converted www.fossweb.com to our new site! We have completed porting over all FOSS online content and resources, so it was time to start directing all users here. The new site includes features such as Resources by Investigation, teacher access to student eBooks, and all module resources located on one page.
We are encouraging all our users to register on the new FOSSweb in order to access the full set of resources available. Instructions on registering for an account can be found on the Technical Help page. If you don't yet have an access code, you may request one by submitting the FOSSweb Updates form. If you are not ready to start using the new FOSSweb, you can access the old one at archive.fossweb.com. The old site will be available until January 2014 at which time it will be retired and all users will be required to start using the new site. For further assistance, please contact FOSSweb Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOSS Third Edition wins AEP Distinguished Achievement Award
Full Option Science System® (FOSS) is the recent winner of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Education Publishers (AEP) in the Whole Curriculum Category, Science. The AEP Awards honor excellence and innovation in the educational resource community and spotlight the best resources for teachers, parents and students. Each submission undergoes a rigorous three-round review by a panel consisting of educators and education professionals. Only products with high scores and comments from each round of judging are recognized as finalists and winners, with just 25 percent of overall entrants advancing to the finals. The largest of the AEP Awards, the Distinguished Achievement Awards honor the widest range of educational content available for use in educating learners of all ages.
We are pleased to announce the launch of FOSSmap! Formative assessment made easy and efficient! The new FOSSmap program will make it easy and efficient for you to use the FOSS assessment system. FOSSmap is now available for FOSS 2nd and 3rd editions!
Some features include:
To get started, click the FOSSmap link on the right-hand side navigation when on a module page.
We are working toward making sure all our content is accessible on all tablet and other mobile devices. All FOSS modules now have eBooks in an Ipad friendly format. Additionaly, many modules have HTML 5 versions of multimedia activities that will work on iPads. iPad users may also be interested in using the FOSSweb Flash® assets with an alternative browsers.
There are a number of available Flash browser apps for iPad®. Rover is an example of a free Flash browser for use on iPads. Designed with educators specifically in mind, Rover has CIPA compliant content filter that will be compliant with most school firewall policies. Simply type www.FOSSweb.com into the Rover URL bar to get started using FOSSweb activities. With any Flash browser app, be sure to test the activities you want to use before you use them with your class.
We'll keep you updated on our Flash conversion initiative. We hope to soon allow all users to access FOSSweb activities from any browser or device!
NIMAS Information on FOSSweb
Are you looking for information on NIMAS files for FOSS? Visit the FOSS for All section of our site under the Teaching Tools menu for information on how to find and retrieve files and who to contact in your state.