Primary Excursions

All programs and activities support the DoE Environmental Education Policy and outcomes within the NSW BOSTES syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum.

Our programs are designed in consultation with you. They can be used to support your existing curriculum units including Primary Connections. Examples of programs are provided below.

Please check the Booking Calendar for available dates.

To make a booking complete the Program Booking Form on the Booking Calendar page.  Please refer to the FAQ page before you attempt to make a booking.

Field of Mars EEC now accepts bookings from Non-Government schools for ES1/Stage1/2/3 programs. Bookings are limited to 10 Non-Goverment schools per term.  

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Special Places – NEW

Geography – Supports People Live in Places

Kinder only

Students will investigate the features of the Field of Mars Reserve, the characteristics of places within the reserve and consider how we can care for them.

Activities and focus areas include: Aboriginal stories and knowledge, shelter building, story-time, treasure hunts, fun sensory investigations, map use and nature play.

Location

Field of Mars Reserve

Program Details

At least one parent per class is required for this program.

Available Term 3 and Term 4 only.

Maximum 4 classes per day.

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Special Places
Download Program Map

Download Social Story

 

 

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Teddy Bears Picnic: Needs of Living Things

Science

Kinder only

This special program focuses on the needs of living things: air, water, shelter and food. Students and their teddies participate in a number of activities including an earth walk, habitat games, story time and an amazing picnic in the bush.

Location

Field of Mars Reserve

Program Details

Available Term 3 and Term 4 only.

At least two parents per class are required for this program.

Maximum 4 classes per day.

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Teddy Bears Picnic

This program is supported by a digital and multimodal text The Needs of Living Things: Animals.

Available for FREE on the iBookstore

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Watch it Grow!

Science and technology

How are animals similar and different to their offspring?

Students will explore the bushland in the Field of Mars Reserve to find examples of living things in various life stages. They will spot the differences between life stages of various plants and animals and describe how their external features change as they grow.

Using fieldwork methods to collect and identify invertebrates, students will view them close-up using an iPad as a camera and use an IWB to explore how they change as they grow.

Students will meet the centre’s phasmids and construct their own leaf insect, in a chosen life stage, to take back to school.

Location

Field of Mars Reserve

Program Details

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Watch it Grow

This program can be supported by Interactive Invertebrates and Invertebrate Ink – connected classrooms lessons.

This program is supported by a digital and multimodal text PhasmidsAvailable for FREE on the iBookstore.

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Schoolyard Safari and Invertebrates

Science and technology

Where do invertebrates live?

Go on a bushland safari and find out: Who ate that leaf? What left that shell? What made that sound? Explore the amazing diversity of invertebrates that can be found in the bush!

The variety of places in which invertebrates live and the important role of invertebrates in bushland will be emphasised when students complete a number of sensory activities on a bushwalk through the reserve.

Using simple collection equipment, students work cooperatively to investigate what invertebrates live in the branches and what invertebrates live in leaf litter. Special features and adaptations of the invertebrates will be observed and explained. Students use paper clay to create small clay models of invertebrates based on their observations.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Buffalo Creek Reserve

Program Details

Download Program Schoolyard Safari and Invertebrates Excursion (Field of Mars Reserve)

Download Program Schoolyard Safari and Invertebrates Excursion (Buffalo Creek Reserve)

Download Social Story (Field of Mars Reserve)

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

This program can be supported by Interactive Invertebrates, Invertebrate Ink and Life Cycle – connected classrooms lessons.

This program is supported by a digital and multimodal text Invertebrate ExplorerAvailable for FREE on the iBookstore.

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Features of Places (Wet and Dry Environments) – revised for Geography!

Geography

What are the features of and activities in the bushland of The Sugarloaf? How can we care for it?

This fieldwork day supports the Geography syllabus content area: Features of Places.

On a bushwalk through mangrove and eucalyptus forests, and the banks Lane Cove River, students will explore and investigate the natural and human features of these places, how they are used by animals and people and how they can be cared for.

Students will use a variety of hands-on fieldwork tools, sensory and immersive experiences such as invertebrate hunts, exploring the mangrove forest, creating banksia creatures, crab hunting (tide permitting) and creating a pictorial map of their day’s journey using natural materials.

Location

Buffalo Creek Reserve

Program Details

The program supports the Geography Teaching Framework: Local Places and Spaces.

When selecting excursion dates please avoid days with a high tide between 11am and 1pm.

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Features of Places (Wet and Dry)

 

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The Earth’s Environment: Eucalypt Forest – New!

Geography 

How does the eucalyptus forest provide habitat for the ringtail possum and other native animals?

Students will undertake a bush walk traversing rocky outcrops through wet and dry eucalypt forests.

Through teacher-led and student-directed activities students will investigate and record the characteristics of the forest, evidence of animals and their interconnection with the environment.

Fieldwork tools will include sensory observation, invertebrate hunts and recording through sketching, mapping, watercolour, tallies and photographs.

This geography fieldwork day helps answer the Key Inquiry Question: How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things? with a focus on living things.

The program supports the Geography Teaching Framework: Natural Environments. It also strongly connects to the Science Living World content: ‘Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive.’

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Buffalo Creek Reserve

Local bushland. This program can run as an incursion if you have signifiant bushland close to your school or local area.

Program Details

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Earth’s Environment: Eucalypt Forest

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Kids vs Wild – Revised for 2017 – Available from Week 6 Term 4 only.

PDHPE, Maths, CCT

Working as a team of four, students orientate maps, navigate with a compass, solve riddles, unravel clues and crack the code to complete an outdoor challenge course. Construct a shelter, ‘go bush’ and face their fears.

This adventure-style day builds resilience, team work and problem solving skills and is a great fun way to finish the year.

Students use critical and creative thinking and build personal and social capability. They work collaboratively and constructively in a variety of situations.

This program is designed to stretch and challenge students outside the classroom, this action-packed day builds student bonds, displays hidden talents and consolidates leadership skills.

As it is a full day of activities, a 9.30am start is recommended.

Please note: This excursion requires hands-on help from parents. Two parents required per class as a minimum

Maximum 2 classes per day.

Sample program coming soon.

2017/2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2017/2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

 

 

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Night Raiders 

Science and technology

Squeals, hoots, shrieks and scratchings. Who are the secret night raiders making these strange noises as darkness descends?

Students are introduced to a nocturnal soundscape that will lead them on an investigative quest through the Field of Mars bushland. Working in small teams as special agents, students will seek out and collect or photograph forensic evidence, interpret clues and share their findings to help solve the mystery of the comings and goings of the bush creatures of the night.

With a focus on herbivores and carnivores, students sort, classify, label and explain their evidence of the reserve’s night raiders. It supports Stage 2 Science Working Scientifically and Living World outcomes.

Night Raiders is a problem solving nature-based program. It supports the learning across the curriculum general capability: Critical and creative thinking.

Location

Field of Mars Reserve

Program Details

Maximum 2 classes per day

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Night Raiders

 

 

 

Mountain Devils are an important bush species that provides nectar and shelter to many species.

Plants in Action

Science and technology

What stages of native plant life cycles can be found in the Field of Mars Reserve?

What are some factors in the bushland environment that affect plant life cycles?

Explore a range of native Australian plants and observe examples of stages in their lifecycle. Discover some of the factors in the bushland environment that affect plant life cycles, including the need for fire management of bushland areas. Practise classifying plants using observable features. Explore the interactions between plants and animals and consider Aboriginal plant classification and uses of plants.

During the program students will record observations of a chosen plant using a variety of apps on an iPad. Students will photograph plants, sketch features using a stylus and record information. This information will be used to compose a digital text that will be printed in colour at the end of the session.

Location

Field of Mars Reserve

Program Details

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Plants in Action

 

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Invertebrate Art

Creative arts and SciTech

Students spend the first part of the day exploring the bushland looking for a variety of invertebrates.

Using a range of magnification equipment students will get up close and personal with an invertebrate to learn about their special features and roles in the environment.

After careful observation and study of an invertebrate, students will create an artwork on mounted canvas. This will involve the use of a variety of media including rollers, pencils, brushes and acrylic paint.

Location

Field of Mars Reserve

Program Details

Maximum 2 classes per day.

2017/2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free) – includes large canvas frame

2017/2018 Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Invertebrate Art

This program can be supported by Interactive Invertebrates and Invertebrate Ink – connected classrooms lessons.

This program is supported by a digital and multimodal text Invertebrate ExplorerAvailable for FREE on the iBookstore.

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Feathers, Phasmids and Leaves 

Science and technology

What is that? Is it alive? How do you know? Are there more? These questions and many more will be explored as students learn about classifying living and non living things. During the program students will look for evidence, collect specimens and make recordings of living things and their observable features.

Students will conduct a hands-on investigation to determine what invertebrate groups are found in the Field of Mars Reserve. Collected specimens will be examined using magnifiers and classified using a classification key. Students will also get up close with phasmids to create a scientific drawing highlighting their amazing features.

These activities support the Primary Connections unit Feathers, Fur or Leaves?

Location

Field of Mars Reserve

Program Details

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Feathers, Phasmids and Leaves

This program is supported by a digital and multimodal text Invertebrate ExplorerAvailable for free on the iBookstore.

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The Earth’s Environment: National Parks – Revised for Geography

Geography

How do people value Lane Cove National Park and what sustainable practices protect it?

The day’s fieldwork supports the Geography K-6 content areas: The Earth’s Environment – Perception of environments and Protection of environments. It can also support Places are Similar and Different – Perception and protection of places.

Students will investigate how Lane Cove National Park is perceived, valued and protected. On a bushwalk through the diverse eucalyptus and mangrove forest environments in Lane Cove National Park, and the scenic riverbanks of Sugarloaf Point, students will stop at a variety of sites to explore and record the natural and human features of the reserve including plants, animals, uses, challenges, values and management strategies.

Students will record information using a variety of geographical tools including sketching, photography and mapping.  They will conclude the day with an ephemeral artwork from natural materials that represents their perceptions of the place.

The program supports the Geography Teaching Framework: National Park Case Study. This program can also support the National Parks and Wildlife Service Stage 2 HSIE kit ‘What is a National Park?’

Location Options

Buffalo Creek Reserve

Lane Cove National Park (additional costs involved)

Program Details

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Earth’s Environment: National Parks

 

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Digital Woodlands

Creative Arts, Geography, Science

Students will be introduced to the techniques and methods of digital photography, photo editing and visual text construction on an iPad.

Using an iPad shared between two, students go on a journey to create a portfolio of photographs that portray the special features of the bushland found in the Field of Mars Reserve, or in bushland near their school.

Upon return to the centre or school students will construct a photo story of their most striking photos using the Book Creator app. They then select their favourite photo to be printed and framed. Printed images will be used to form a gallery for an art appreciation session. Images can be used for digital story telling in other classroom programs.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. This program can run as an incursion if you have signifiant bushland close to your school or local area.

Program Details

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2017/2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free) – includes framed printed photo.

2017/2018 Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Digital Woodlands Excursion

Download Program Digital Woodlands Incursion

View Digital Woodlands Gallery

Art Gallery of NSW award winning photo

 

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Documentary

English

Unleash the next David Attenborough. Documentary is an amazing literacy focused program that will introduce students to documentary making using an iPad.

Using an iPad shared between three, students work as filmmakers to create their own incredible documentary focusing on living things found in bushland or at other natural areas near your school.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. Documentary can run as an incursion if you have bushland or other significant natural areas within walking distance from your school.

Optional Post Production Incursion 

FoM staff can conduct an incursion to your school to help students with post production work on their documentaries.  Students will  learn how to create and add a custom soundscape for their documentary using GarageBand.  Session time 1.5 hours. $10 additional charge per student.

Programs Details

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Documentary Excursion

Download Program Documentary Incursion

Watch Introducing Documentary Video

Download multitouch book about Documentary

Support for the pre production phase (script and storyboard development) is provided through resources available on this website or via a comprehensive course on iTunes U.

These resources can support flipped classroom models.

Download on iTunes

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Acoustic Ecology – New

Creative Arts and Science

Exploring place through sound.

Acoustic Ecology is a multifaceted day that explores soundscape ecology, sound engineering and music production. A music day for non musicians.

Students will adventure into the Field of Mars Reserve exploring its character through the different sounds that will be heard. Through active listening, students dissect the natural soundscape and identify isolated sounds and their musical characteristics. They will then act as sound engineers recording constructed and incidental sounds found in the environment on an iPad. Students will also experiment with the re-creation of sounds using the Field of Mars Foley Studio.

Working collaboratively, students will produce a natural soundscape using their recorded sounds in GarageBand. Soundscapes are saved and sent to the school.

Location

Field of Mars Reserve

Program Details

Maximum 2 classes per day.

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Acoustic Ecology

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Kids vs Wild – Revised for 2017 – Available from Week 6 Term 4 only.

PDHPE, Maths, CCT

Working as a team of four, students orientate maps, navigate with a compass, solve riddles, unravel clues and crack the code to complete an outdoor challenge course. Construct a shelter, ‘go bush’ and face their fears.

This adventure-style day builds resilience, team work and problem solving skills and is a great fun way to finish the year.

Students use critical and creative thinking and build personal and social capability. They work collaboratively and constructively in a variety of situations.

This program is designed to stretch and challenge students outside the classroom, this action-packed day builds student bonds, displays hidden talents and consolidates leadership skills.

As it is a full day of activities, a 9.30am start is recommended.

Please note: This excursion requires hands-on help from parents. Two parents required per class as a minimum

Maximum 2 classes per day.

Sample program coming soon.

2017/2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2017/2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

 

 

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Invertebrate Art

Creative arts and SciTech

Students spend the first part of the day exploring the bushland looking for a variety of invertebrates.

Using a range of magnification equipment students will get up close and personal with an invertebrate to learn about their special features and roles in the environment.

After careful observation and study of an invertebrate, students will create an artwork on mounted canvas. This will involve the use of a variety of media including rollers, pencils, brushes and acrylic paint.

Location

Field of Mars Reserve

Program Details

Maximum 2 classes per day.

2017/2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free) – includes large canvas frame

2017/2018 Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Invertebrate Art

This program can be supported by Interactive Invertebrates and Invertebrate Ink – connected classrooms lessons.

This program is supported by a digital and multimodal text Invertebrate ExplorerAvailable for FREE on the iBookstore.

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Murder at Mars and/or Murder in the Park (Animal Adaptations) – Revised

Science and technology

Something gruesome looking has been found in Field of Mars Reserve and/or Buffalo Creek Reserve. Who is the victim? Who is the villain?

Murder at Mars and Murder in the Park has a strong focus on problem solving, critical and creative thinking and collaborative learning. It is well suited to GAT students.

Working in teams, students follow a clue seeking trail through the bush collecting evidence physically and recording it digitally with the help of an iPad to solve this mystery. Clues are supported through the use of multimodal text.

Students analyse the evidence and use research skills to present their case. The session concludes with creative group presentations of their findings.

Location

Field of Mars Reserve – Murder at Mars

Buffalo Creek Reserve – Murder in the Park

Program Details

Maximum 4 classes per day. Both Field of Mars Reserve and Buffalo Creek Reserve must be available on the same day to accommodate 4 classes.

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Murder at Mars

Download Program Murder in the Park – coming soon.

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Factors that Shape Places

Geography

How is the Field of Mars Reserve or your local bushland managed for people and the environment?

This geography fieldwork day supports the new Geography K-10 syllabus content areas: Factors that change environments and Humans shape places.

Students undertake geographical inquiry in bushland investigating its features, human influences and natural values. In the role of environmental officers and reserve visitors, students will undertake investigations into the environmental conditions of the reserve, link these results to human influences and consider sustainable management strategies for the reserve.

Students will use geographical tools and instruments to undertake water quality tests and flora and fauna surveys. Throughout the day students will utilise the reserve’s recreational amenity, creatively recording personal experiences, guided by multiple intelligences, and providing insight into human uses. They will record observations and experiences through maps, photography and field sketches using iPads and other media.

The program is supported by the Factors that Shape Places unit of work (coming soon)

It also supports the Geography Teaching Framework: Contemporary Land Use Issue.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. This program can run as an incursion if you have signifiant bushland close to your school or local area.

Program Details

Maximum 4 classes per day.

2017 DoE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Factors that Shape Places

 

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Digital Woodlands

Creative Arts, Geography, Science

Students will be introduced to the techniques and methods of digital photography, photo editing and visual text construction on an iPad.

Using an iPad shared between two, students go on a journey to create a portfolio of photographs that portray the special features of the bushland found in the Field of Mars Reserve, or in bushland near their school.

Upon return to the centre or school students will construct a photo story of their most striking photos using the Book Creator app. They then select their favourite photo to be printed and framed. Printed images will be used to form a gallery for an art appreciation session. Images can be used for digital story telling in other classroom programs.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. This program can run as an incursion if you have signifiant bushland close to your school or local area.

Program Details

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2017/2018 DOE School Cost: $20 per student (GST free) – includes framed printed photo.

2017/2018 Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Digital Woodlands Excursion

Download Program Digital Woodlands Incursion

View Digital Woodlands Gallery

Art Gallery of NSW award winning photo

 

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Documentary

English

Unleash the next David Attenborough. Documentary is an amazing literacy focused program that will introduce students to documentary making using an iPad.

Using an iPad shared between three, students work as filmmakers to create their own incredible documentary focusing on living things found in bushland or at other natural areas near your school.

Location Options

Field of Mars Reserve

Local bushland. Documentary can run as an incursion if you have bushland or other significant natural areas within walking distance from your school.

Optional Post Production Incursion 

FoM staff can conduct an incursion to your school to help students with post production work on their documentaries.  Students will  learn how to create and add a custom soundscape for their documentary using GarageBand.  Session time 1.5 hours. $10 additional charge per student.

Programs Details

Maximum 3 classes per day.

2017 DOE School Cost: $16 per student (GST free)

2017 Non Gov School Cost: $26 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

2018 DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

2018 Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

Download Program Documentary Excursion

Download Program Documentary Incursion

Watch Introducing Documentary Video

Download multitouch book about Documentary

Support for the pre production phase (script and storyboard development) is provided through resources available on this website or via a comprehensive course on iTunes U.

These resources can support flipped classroom models.

Download on iTunes