How Science Works : Clip Bank Resources from BP
Sep30

How Science Works : Clip Bank Resources from BP

How Science Works – Clip Bank is a new free interactive Science/Chemistry resource from the BP Educational Service. It provides students aged 11-16 with some very useful examples of real-life science in action. The topics covered in this resource include: Hydrocarbons from crude oil; Properties of hydrocarbons; Polymerisation; Combustion of fuels; Energetic reactions. Short multimedia clips show students the real-life application of...

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QRpedia – generate Wikipedia QR codes
Sep29

QRpedia – generate Wikipedia QR codes

Wikipedia has now introduced a fab little website called QRpedia. This is a QR code creation tool that lets you generate a QR code from a Wikipedia URL. When users snap this QR code they are automatically directed to a linked mobile Wikipedia entry in whatever written language their phone uses. If there’s no article in their language for the designated topic, the program directs them to the most relevant related article that is...

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Young Science Investigators Project Kit from BP
Sep29

Young Science Investigators Project Kit from BP

The Young Science Investigators (YSI): Project Kit is a free interactive Science resource for 7-11 year olds from the BP Educational Service. It invites pupils to become Young Science Investigators, using the cartoon characters Beepy, Dev and Kate with a focus on science at work in the real world and scientific enquiry skills. The kit is based around three curriculum topics : Electricity, Forces and Materials. The kit contains...

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Space and Moon Animations
Sep29

Space and Moon Animations

McGraw-Hill have produced some very interesting animations and interactives on the subject of Space and Earth/Moon. They appear to be aimed at KS5 and above, but you will find that quite a few can be used to demonstrate concepts lower down the school such as this Lunar Phases Interactive View the Animations here, and the interactives Here. Thanks to @jobadge and @psychemedia for the link via Twitter For KS2/KS3 don’t forget to...

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Technology Back in 1990. How Things Have Changed
Sep27

Technology Back in 1990. How Things Have Changed

As students head back to university, and the ritual that is Fresher’s Week begins again, I’m reminded that it’s now 21 years since a rather nervous student made his way up to Birmingham University to start a degree in Biological Science. And it got me thinking about how the technology available to those students starting today is a whole world away. So yes I’ve now reached the stage when I can make students...

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A Social Networking Guide for Trainee Teachers
Sep27

A Social Networking Guide for Trainee Teachers

Student teachers are in that awkward stage of making the transition from being a student to being a teacher. And although they still may be students they need to start taking a teachers approach to social networking from the moment they set foot in a school. The Billericay SCITT students have already had their first week in a school and many other PGCE students are on their first school placements this week. That means locking down...

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Exploriments – science and maths simulations.
Sep26

Exploriments – science and maths simulations.

Exploriments are simulation-based interactive learning resources for enhancing understanding in Chemistry, Physics and Maths in an experiential manner. They can be used by both students and teachers. Exploriments provide a highly interactive, exploratory, and engaging experience. Topics covered include forces, motion, projectiles, electricity, chemical formulae, graphing and algebra. Some of the activities are available for free...

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Get the Whiteboard Blog in a handy book format
Sep23

Get the Whiteboard Blog in a handy book format

“The Best of the Whiteboard Blog” contains the very best articles from over three years of this blog collated and put together into one handy document. Running to over 200 A4 pages it is chock full of ideas and useful links to help you to make the best use of your interactive whiteboard. As well as interactive whiteboards it also covers other educational technologies that would be of interest to teachers such as digital...

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Draw a Stickman
Sep22

Draw a Stickman

Draw a Stickman is a really cute little website. You start by drawing a stickman and then… well go see for yourself. This would be great on an interactive whiteboard to help with the drawing – but works just as well with a mouse. Take a look at http://www.drawastickman.com/ Thanks to my colleague Laura O’Halloran for posting the link on Facebook earlier today....

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Free Images from EduPic – Science, Maths and more
Sep22

Free Images from EduPic – Science, Maths and more

Edupic is a great resource for images that will be of interest to science and maths teachers, amongst others. Created by William Vann EduPic Graphical Resource was launched in September 2006 as a source of free images for teachers and their students. Now with over 6000 different photographs and education illustrations, EduPic is used everyday all over the world. The images on EduPic are “free for use by educational professionals...

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YouTube Launches New Site for Teachers
Sep21

YouTube Launches New Site for Teachers

Teachers who love YouTube will be interested to know that today YouTube have launched a channel specifically aimed at teachers : http://www.youtube.com/teachers. It contains guides on how to use YouTube in the classroom, as well as curated video playlists that will be suitable for teachers to use. For teachers who have yet to really use YouTube it’s a great place to start. Experienced users may still learn something new. You can...

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How to carry out an online survey using Google Docs
Sep21

How to carry out an online survey using Google Docs

Here’s a short guide on  how to carry out an online survey using Google Docs. I’ve put a link into the Guides section of this website. For example this would be alternative way to collect class data about variation which might be easier than having one computer in the corner that each students goes to in turn to add their information, or having lots of different spreadsheets that have to be cut and pasted into one master...

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