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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Vernier Video Physics Analysis App for iPads
Feb23

Vernier Video Physics Analysis App for iPads

Video Physics from Vernier is a very handy app for the Secondary physics classroom. Running on all iOS devices it allows the students to analyse the motion of moving objects in videos. Using the app, students can capture video of an object in motion, then track it automatically by tapping on the object in the video, frame by frame. Video Physics can instantly create trajectory, position, and velocity graphs for the object. The...

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Wireless Datalogging For iPads with Vernier
Feb10

Wireless Datalogging For iPads with Vernier

One of the other companies I visited at BETT 2015 was Vernier, who produce datalogging software and hardware for schools. I was particularly interested in their LabQuest2 system, which aims to make datalogging easier. Datalogging has always been an interest of mine, some of my earliest training and writing work was based around effective ways to use datalogging in the classroom. It has invariably been something that teachers find...

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How to Make a Human Keyboard with a Makey Makey
Jan09

How to Make a Human Keyboard with a Makey Makey

A Makey Makey is a bare bones circuit board that connects to your computer via USB. There are 7 terminals for attaching electrical wires to it. These are arranged like an old games controller – with up/down/left/right arrows and also space bar and left click. A strip along the bottom allows for another wire to connect it to Earth. Here’s how you could use it as part of a science lesson on circuits to create a fun human keyboard....

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App-vent Day 18 : Tour Space with Solar System Scope
Dec18

App-vent Day 18 : Tour Space with Solar System Scope

Solar System Scope is an excellent interactive 3D Model of our Solar System for the iPad. You can switch between a heliocentric view, geocentric view or a panoramic view of the Solar System. Earth-centred view is great if you then use the play controls to move the time forwards as you can see the how day/night changes across the surface. Heliocentric view is good for showing how we get seasons as well as demonstrating the movement of...

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App-vent Day 17 : Explore Circuits with Simple Circuits
Dec17

App-vent Day 17 : Explore Circuits with Simple Circuits

Simple Circuits allows children to explore electricity and create their own circuits as well as explore and build a range of pre-designed learning circuits. Aimed at primary schools, the app provides a complete toolkit for understanding and designing circuit arrangements such as series, parallel with various combinations of batteries, wires, bulbs and a host of fun electrical toys. It is great for teachers, parents and tutors who want...

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App-vent Day 16 : Explore physics with Algodoo
Dec16

App-vent Day 16 : Explore physics with Algodoo

Algodoo is a brilliant 2D physics sandbox game. It’s a totally open creative platform. Children can draw shapes, which become real objects which interact with each other. They can be pinned in place, or connected together via springs and chains. Objects can be transformed into liquids which behave exactly like a liquid would. Gravity can be altered, and switched on or off. Algodoo is designed in an engaging, cartoon-like manner,...

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App-vent : Day 8 Identify Plants and Bugs with these Field Studies Apps.
Dec08

App-vent : Day 8 Identify Plants and Bugs with these Field Studies Apps.

A slight departure as I’m not recommending just a single app, but several apps from the Field Studies Council. They have produced several handy apps for teachers who want to explore the wildlife on the school grounds or on a field trip. The Tree Guide will help you quickly put a name to many UK trees. The handy filter system guides you through four basic leaf shapes, each quickly leading to a small number of choices. Choose the...

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MeteoEarth – A Global Weather Viewer in the Classroom
Sep15

MeteoEarth – A Global Weather Viewer in the Classroom

MeteoEarth is a fantastic website and set of apps that let you view global weather patterns as they occur in real time on your IWB or on your iPad. MeteoEarth is adapted from a professional weather broadcast tool used by TV presenters around the world, which uses some amazing visuals to bring the weather to life. Navigate the 3D globe at the touch of a button, spin seamlessly from place to place, zoom in on a rain front moving over...

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