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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Reach Out CPD : A new free resource to support Primary Science
Sep01

Reach Out CPD : A new free resource to support Primary Science

Primary teachers looking for some support to teach the new Science curriculum should go take a look at the brand-new Reach Out CPD site. Reach Out CPD has been designed to make it fun and easy for you to gain the knowledge, resources and confidence you need to teach outstanding science lessons. You might even wow a few friends with your impressive scientific knowledge! The resources have been mapped to curricula for England, Scotland,...

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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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