ExpeRimental: Kitchen Sink Science Ideas to Try At Home
Jul17

ExpeRimental: Kitchen Sink Science Ideas to Try At Home

ExpeRimental provides a series of short films that make it fun, easy and cheap to do science at home with children aged 4 to 10. The resource from the Royal Institution gives parents and teachers lots of ideas for kids’ activities that will help them explore the world around them, question and experiment together. The guides show you how to do the activity and how to make sure adults and children get the most out of it. Each activity...

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Night Zookeeper Classroom – Storytelling and Writing Lesson Resources
Mar28

Night Zookeeper Classroom – Storytelling and Writing Lesson Resources

Night Zookeeper Classroom is a new website designed for teachers that are looking to inspire and motivate their students using storytelling and technology in an incredibly straight-forward manner. Night Zookeeper resources have been used by teachers to inspire children to produce their best writing. They have been shown to raise the level of engagement in even the most reluctant of writers. In the Night Zookeeper Classroom, the magic...

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A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.
Feb20

A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.

A quick post for half term.  This Theremin simulator provides an on-screen version of the staple musical instrument of 50s sci fi movies. A theremin, for those who don’t know, is an early type of electronic instrument. It’s played by waving your hands around a pair of antennae, and is the only instrument that can be played from a distance without touching it. Using it you can create noises that sound like they came from early...

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Switched on Science Scheme for Primary is Launched
Dec18

Switched on Science Scheme for Primary is Launched

Switched on Science is a brand-new scheme from Rising Stars which has been written to support primary school science in line with the new changes to the National Curriculum. The Key Stage 2 pack is now available with the Key Stage 1 pack arriving in January 2014. The scheme is packed full of hands-on experiments, creative investigations and new approaches to traditional topics, the series offers teachers original ways in which to run...

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10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class
Nov27

10 Creative iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling in Class

Put simply, “digital storytelling” is just using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic books. In schools they can help to take a task that might be seen as mundane – write a report, write a story, explain a process, describe an experiment – and turn it into something a whole lot more...

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3D Machinery Simulations from Explain3D
Nov04

3D Machinery Simulations from Explain3D

Explain3D is free website containing a set of interactive 3D simulations helping you to demonstrate how different machines work. Once loaded, the simulation can be rotated and zoomed to see areas in more detail. You can also click on different parts of the object to get more information. Simulations include: 4 Stroke engines Jet engines Lock and Key Nuclear Power Plant Hydroelectric Dam and more… This would be of interest to...

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TeachTweet Presentation : Interactive Science Resources
Oct31

TeachTweet Presentation : Interactive Science Resources

I’m taking part in a TeachTweet session this evening. This is a Teachmeet that takes place virtually via video presentations and then discussion via Twitter. It’s being run by UKEdchat, which if you’re not already is a good twitter account and hashtag to follow! I decided to demonstrate a few of the useful interactive resources that are available for free on the Internet. These include Zygote Body, Solar System Scope...

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TigTag – Primary Science Video Resources
Oct12

TigTag – Primary Science Video Resources

TigTag is an excellent online science resource, created to meet the new requirements for the KS2 National Curriculum. TigTag contains 600 films and lesson ideas – suitable for KS2 lessons. Each TigTag unit has a number of original films, designed and matched to the new National Curriculum, to cover key learning objectives in a clear and engaging way. The films vary in length from 30 seconds to 3 minutes and are ideal for lesson...

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Walk in Darwin’s Footsteps with Galapagos Islands Street View
Sep18

Walk in Darwin’s Footsteps with Galapagos Islands Street View

This week, 178 years ago, Charles Darwin set foot on the Galapagos Islands for the first time. It was here he made many observations and discoveries that would later provide the evidence for his famous Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. If you would like to follow in Darwin’s footsteps, and take your class on a trip to the Galapagos islands then there’s now a way to do it without breaking the bank. Google (who...

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Virtual Science Experiments on your Interactive Whiteboard
Sep03

Virtual Science Experiments on your Interactive Whiteboard

Virtual Experiments is a very useful website from Reading University that provides simulations of many standard school science experiments which can be carried out on your interactive whiteboard. The site is suitable for GCSE and also for A Level students. Some of the experiments available include: Photosynthesis with Elodea, Transpiration, Reflection and Refraction, Chemical Clocks and looking at the Viscosity of Glycerol. Most of...

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Track Comet ISON on your whiteboard with this interactive model
Aug15

Track Comet ISON on your whiteboard with this interactive model

You might already have heard of Comet ISON, but if you haven’t then hopefully you’ll be hearing a lot more about it soon. Comet ISON is heading this way and although it is too early to tell just yet, it is hoped that it will be very bright and light up the night sky in October/November 2013. It should be easily visible with the naked eye. The clever folks behind Solar System Scope have put together an interactive 3D model...

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The Iron in your Food : A Fun Science Practical
Jul23

The Iron in your Food : A Fun Science Practical

Here’s an idea for a summer practical to test out your digital microscopes or visualisers. I’m sure you know that some of the foods we eat are “fortified” with extra iron. What’s not always known is that it is possible to use a strong magnet to extract this iron and take a look at it. Get yourself a breakfast cereal with the highest amount of iron you can find. Check the nutritional labels for the highest...

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