Haus der Astronomie hosts the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The International Astronomical Union’s Strategic Plan 2020–2030 provides for the establishment of an Office of Astronomy for Education, which will support the astronomy community and astronomy educators in bringing the fascination of astronomy into schools. Its activities will include establishing a worldwide network of National Astronomy Education Coordinators (NAECs), promoting astronomy in national curricula, supporting teachers with evidence-based education research and helping the community with its professional development. The OAE is also intended to facilitate discussion and knowledge sharing within the community, particularly between astronomy education researchers and astronomy education practitioners.
The selection of HdA to host the OAE was announced on 28 November 2019 by the IAU (see also our news item). As we get the OAE up and running, further information will appear on this page, and eventually on a dedicated OAE page.
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Eligibility: UMass Amherst students, faculty, staff, and retirees with active SPIRE accounts are eligible for Office 365 Education. Students who have recently graduated and have an active SPIRE account are also eligible.
Office 365 Education is the Microsoft Office 365 suite available at no cost to students, faculty, and staff at UMass Amherst. Eligible members of the university community can install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote on up to 5 devices (Windows or Mac) and Office apps on mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPads. The program also includes 1TB of OneDrive storage. Office 365 Education on Windows also includes Publisher and Access.