Compare the Size of the Planets with this Handy Site
Aug03

Compare the Size of the Planets with this Handy Site

A quick webtool for a Monday morning. Planet Compare is a handy site for science teachers who want to demonstrate the relative size of each of the planets in our solar system. The tool includes 3d models of all 8 planets, plus Pluto and the Sun. Simply click on the first planet, then the second to see them side by side. You can also double-click anywhere on planet 1 to “stick” the other planet onto its surface –...

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Track the Planets with this Solar System Orrery
Aug02

Track the Planets with this Solar System Orrery

This Solar System Orrery by Jeroen Gommers provides a top-down view of the solar system so you can observe how the planets move relative to each other. The orbits and size of the planets has been squashed to make it fit onto the screen, but their relative motion are accurate. In reality their orbits are elliptical as well, rather than circular as shown in this model. Drag any planet around to see how the other planets move. The...

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BBC Biggest Bangs – Interactive Chemistry Experiments on Video
Jul31

BBC Biggest Bangs – Interactive Chemistry Experiments on Video

BBC Brit’s Biggest Bangs is a interactive experience where you get to mix dangerous chemicals with explosive results behind the safety of your screen. The site uses an interactive YouTube video with annotations to provide different reactions depending on the chemicals that you select. This would make a great resource to use in class, or for a homework task. The children can choose a chemical to start off with and then select a second...

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4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science
Jul23

4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations. This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing worksheets to life with interactive 3D models. The tech is still in its infancy. At the moment you still need to view things...

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Augmented Reality Chemistry Experiments with Elements 4D
Jul09

Augmented Reality Chemistry Experiments with Elements 4D

Elements 4D is a neat Augmented Reality chemistry app for iOS and Android devices which provides a fun way to look at various different chemical reactions. The app uses blocks that are inscribed with the symbols of 36 elements from the periodic table. The site will eventually sell ready-made cubes, but you can download paper templates for free here. When viewed through the app, these blocks instantly transform a simple, inanimate...

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Teaching Science Blog Revamped
Jun10

Teaching Science Blog Revamped

So for those who don’t know about it, I run a sister blog to this one, called Teaching Science, It was initially aimed at the student teachers I work with, but it grew to just be a general science teaching blog. Well anyway, it had a bit of a revamp today. It needed a bit of TLC – so it now has a new logo and new site template that users of this blog might find familiar! I want to get more practical ideas and advice for...

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Add Your Voice to a Photo with the Talking Cutie app
May15

Add Your Voice to a Photo with the Talking Cutie app

Talking Cutie is a fun free iPad app that lets you add voices to images. Simply take a photograph, and then record up to 60 seconds of narration over the top. You can then add a talking face to the object – choosing from a wide range of different features.   This would have lots of uses in the classroom. Children could add a short description of an artefact in history, historical characters, famous people, they could...

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Explore Your Eyes with this Interactive Guide
May14

Explore Your Eyes with this Interactive Guide

This resource from Lenstore provides an interactive guide to the human eye. It takes you on a journey through the eye, with detailed explanations for each of the different parts. Rather than the usual cross-section view, you can explore the eye in first-person, zooming in through the pupil all the way to the optic nerve. The pop up labels give a short description of each part, with a link to find out more. This would be very useful...

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Explore the Sun with the DIY Sun Science iPad App
Apr20

Explore the Sun with the DIY Sun Science iPad App

DIY Sun Science for iPad allows children (and teachers!) to investigate and learn about the Sun, using live footage, archive images and practical activity ideas. The app was developed by UC Berkeley’s The Lawrence Hall of Science in association with NASA. The observatory module allows children to view live (or very recent) images of the Sun from NASA’s SDO satellite. They can select images taken using different wavelengths of light...

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Essential Skeleton App for the iPad
Mar31

Essential Skeleton App for the iPad

Essential Skeleton 4 is a great free app that lets you explore the human skeleton. The app allows you to pan and move around the skeleton, zoom in on different bones and get information about each one. The ability to hear the name of each bone being read aloud is a nice feature. Teachers will also like the annotation and notes facility. At a basic level of demonstrating the bones and how they fit together, this app would be suitable...

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Hands on with Vernier LabQuest 2 Datalogger
Mar10

Hands on with Vernier LabQuest 2 Datalogger

After writing about Vernier‘s LabQuest 2 system after I saw it at BETT a while back, I’ve now been able to get my hands on the kit and try it out. It’s a neat little unit, comprising a datalogging interface with a built-in screen, running  its own OS. It allows up to 5 sensors to be plugged in at any one time, should you need to monitor that many things at once! There are several different ways that the Labquest...

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Reach Out: Free Science CPD for Primary Teachers
Feb26

Reach Out: Free Science CPD for Primary Teachers

I wrote about Reach Out CPD back in September when the first block of modules was launched. Well, this week the final  block of modules has gone online, so it’s a good time to write about it again. If you are a primary school teacher, and you are looking for some support and ideas to help teach the new Science Curriculum, then Reach Out CPD is well worth visiting. And even better, it’s totally free! Reach Out CPD is a...

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