Available Until 12/31/2027

NLM's Online Playground: K-12 Science and Health Education Resources*

For more information or to schedule this course, contact: Michael Balkenhol, mab602@pitt.edu.

Are you interested in learning about free and reliable health and science information resources for K-12 populations? If so NLM’s Online Playground will provide you with an introduction to fun and engaging resources from the National Library of Medicine. This class is designed for individuals who work with K-12 students (schools, after school programs, home school and libraries). Individuals will learn about the vast array of National Library of Medicine resources that are available to integrate in part or in whole into their existing curriculum. Topics span Biology, Careers in Health Professions, Environmental Health, General Health, and Genetics. Attendees will also learn about freely available NLM and include app, games, online exhibitions and tutorials.

Site URLhttps://nnlm.gov/classes/playground

Learning Objectives
This class provides an overview of K-12 resources available from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 6 K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine

  • Locate lesson plans to supplement current curriculum/youth programming

  • Find resources for K-12 populations that can be used for homework help, research projects, and/or health, science and STEAM programming.

1) Introduction

2) Health Topics for Youth

3) K-12 Health and Science Resources by Subject

4) Interdisciplinary K-12 Resources

5) Resource Review/Exercises

6) Questions, Wrap Up & Evaluation

The online version of this course is worth 3 or 8 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association. The 8 hour version is an extended course with additional assignments designed to help K-12 educators incorporate NLM resources into their current curricula. Please check the course description or with the instructor to verify the amount of credits for the online version you participate in.

Facility Requirements  
Class can be lecture style, in computer lab or webinar.

MLA CE Credits: 1, 2, 3 or 8