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You can use our interactive to help you identify an actual rock, or, if you don't have a sample, you can use one of our virtual rocks. Take part now: Geology toolkit: what rock is that?
OK, so 2006 wasn't as relentless as 2016, but the year still had some huge news stories. As part of our ten year anniverary celebrations we look at what happened in our birth year... Read now: 10 big news stories that happened in 2006 (when OpenLearn was born)
One year on from the series Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS?, Sir Gerry revisits Rotherham General Hospital to see how they are coping. Read now: OU on the BBC: Can Gerry Robinson Fix The NHS?: One Year On
Spend a year spotting British wildlife with our fabulous, free poster. Read now: Order your free Seasons poster to take you through the Great British Year
How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact can it have on the pupils' views about homosexuality? Find out with the founder of Inclusion for All, Shaun Dellenty. Watch now: "That's so gay!" Homophobic language and school
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