PRISM opened its electronic doors in September 2003. Funded through the generous support of the Lilly Endowment, we started by providing digital resources for middle school STEM. Gradually, we extended to STEM across all grade levels.
We now offer our free services to all disciplines and all grade levels. These include:
- Digital Resource Library - Currently containing 5,600 free, online teaching resources (e.g. simulations, scientific visualizations, virtual labs, collaborative skills builders, process modelers, serious gaming, and access to live data). Searchable and indexed to Indiana Academic Standards and to the Common Core Standards. Comparable library for other disciplines now under construction.
- Access to Moodle - Provides course management tools for tracking such things as student participation, homework/quizzes, and grades. In addition to these traditional features, Moodle uses many elements of social networking and new media to engage young people in active learning.
- Professional Development / Training - Three 5-week courses (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) on PRISM’s full-featured, online learning environment (Moodle). Three “quick start” courses on adapting pedagogy to specific Moodle features. Over 3,000 Indiana teachers have completed at least one of these courses. PGP Points available.
- Help Desk – Real-time support Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact us by phone or email.
- Electronic Lesson Plan Builder - A guided interface that links activities, resources, and objectives to the Indiana Academic Standards. Creates uniform PDF documents for easy submission or for sharing with teaching teams. Storable in the PRISM electronic library, which can be set to publically available or to private / limited circulation.
Please tell your non-STEM colleagues that PRISM now supports all Indiana K-12 teachers.