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Learning and the Olympics
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The Summer Olympics are about to get underway in London. If you are looking for educational activities to correspond with the games, here are some ideas.

Get Set is the official London Olympics education site. It allows users to search from a wide list of Olympics-related resources, includes films and other media, and registered users can create their own personalized space where they can post pictures and blog about the games.

The London 2012 International Education Program has developed new learning resources for in a variety of languages. The resources are available online in English (Advanced level and Basic level), French and Spanish. They provide London 2012 Games information, activity ideas and images to encourage young people to learn about, discuss and take part in projects related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Registration is required.

 Topics include:

  • the London 2012 Olympic Games and the London 2012 Paralympic Games;
  • Wenlock and Mandeville, the official London 2012 mascots;
  • sports and venues of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the London 2012 Paralympic Games;
  • a sustainable London 2012 Games; and
  • the heritage of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in the UK.

The Guardian's Teacher Network has also created educational resources for the Olympics, which can be accessed via this blog post called "How to Teach the Olympics."

Closer to home, Science NetLinks has a Reaching for Olympic Glory collection page focused on the science behind the sports.

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Posted 26 Jul 2012 3:17 PM by Maria Sosa