A peer review platform for astronomy educational activities

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The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development is excited to present to you, and invites you to participate in, a peer review platform for astronomy educational activities developed in partnership with UNAWE (http://www.unawe.org/) and LCOGT (http://lcogt.net/). This project is led by the co-Chairs of the OAD’s Task Force 2 (Children and Schools, http://www.astro4dev.org/task-forces/children-and-schools/) Pedro Russo and Edward Gomez.

astroEDU allows educators and astronomers to submit activities in a standard format which allows for efficient distribution and use by teachers around the world. These activities are then peer-reviewed by at least two people: a professional research scientist, to ensure the scientific accuracy of the content, and a professional educator, to ensure the pedagogical content and usefulness for a classroom environment. This process improves standards of quality, visibility and accessibility, while providing credibility to these astronomy education activities.

astroEDU is currently in testing phase and your input is needed: please send your comments, ideas for improvement, suggestions for expansion, or offers of partnerships at astroedu@strw.leidenuniv.nl. For more information, please visit the astroEDU website at http://iau.org/astroedu/.