Using FOSS Technology
FOSSweb for Grades K–6 is the interactive multimedia component
of the FOSS program. It includes activities, simulations, games
and resources that enhance the investigations in the FOSS modules.
FOSS for Middle School includes specially-designed multimedia
activities that are important part of day-to-day instruction.
Read further for more details about both technology components.
To use FOSSweb, your computer must meet minimum system requirements
and have a compatible browser with recent versions of several plug-ins.
The requirements vary slightly for the FOSS K–2 modules
information page and frequently asked questions for updates. If you require additional technical assistance, you can submit
FOSSweb for Grades K–6
FOSSweb is the interactive multimedia component of the FOSS program, and can be accessed via the Internet at www.fossweb.com. FOSSweb serves to extend understanding
of each FOSS module and course through interactive activities,
links to the Internet, and connections to other resources such
as books, videos, glossaries, and more. FOSSweb is designed to
provide enrichment for students and support for teachers, administrators,
and families who are actively involved in implementing and enjoying
FOSS materials. Activities range from the simple, such as matching
similar organisms, to the complex, like determining a hidden shape
using reflected light. All activities are available
both on CD-ROM and on FOSSweb.
Each FOSS module includes a 12-page folio that describes how
to set up your computer to use FOSSweb and how to navigate through
the various FOSSweb components.
You can download a module-specific 2-page insert (pdf) that describes
how to use the activities and other resources on FOSSweb for that
module below. You will need Adobe Reader to download and read
the pdf files.
FOSS for Middle School
Each FOSS Middle School Course includes specially-designed multimedia
activities that are important parts of day-to-day instruction.
The multimedia for middle school is available both online and on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM is included as part of the materials kit or can be purchased separately from Delta Education. The multimedia for each course provides students with an opportunity
to access and interact with simulations, images, videos, and text
than can enhance their understanding of the concepts presented
in the course.
You will sometimes use the multimedia to make presentations to
the entire class. At other times, individuals or small groups
of students will work with simulations and other resources.
The multimedia is not optional. At a minimum, you should have
at least one computer with a CD-ROM drive and a large-screen monitor
for use with the entire class. A connection to the Internet is strongly
recommended but not essential.
Accessing FOSS Multimedia for Middle School Online
The multimedia programs are browser-based and are compatible
with commonly used browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Safari,
and Firefox. The multimedia for middle school are available to registered
teachers and their students once they receive their passwords.
Teachers should register for a password to share with students for
the academic year. Students may use the teacher’s username
and password to get on the site. Teachers need not renew their password each year, but if they wish to, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive a password, go to the particular course for which you wish to register via the FOSS
Middle School page. Click on the multimedia link at the top
of the left-hand sidebar. Complete and submit the form. You will
be asked for your name, email, school, school district, city,
state, and grades taught. A password will be sent to you via email
immediately after verification. If you do not receive a message
within a day, you can contact email@example.com.
In order to use the online multimedia, you should check to make
sure your browser has all of the appropriate plugins installed,
such as Shockwave and Flash. For help setting up your browser, see our support pages [Test Your Browser/Minimum Requirements for FOSSweb and FAQs].
Middle School Multimedia User Guides
Each course has its own multimedia user guide. You can download
the course guides from the links below. You will need Acrobat
Reader to download and read the pdf files. If needed, you can
download Acrobat Reader here.