6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers
Feb09

6 Essential Websites for Primary Science Teachers

My experience with teaching on Primary PGCE courses has made me very aware of how few primary ITT students arrive with a science background. For many the last experience they had of science was during their GCSE’s. Not many come with Science A levels, and if they do it’s usually Biology, rather than Chemistry or Physics. If this sounds like you, then do not despair. There’s lots of places online that can help with getting your science...

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In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Tweet
Feb01

In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Tweet

One of the important things about science is that it is not a fixed subject. New scientific discoveries are being made all the time. It’s important that students learn that scientists do not know everything. We make the best guesses that we can using the best information available at the time, and as new information comes in our understanding and models can change. The working scientifically strand of the science curriculum require...

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Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016
Jan10

Creative Use of ICT in Science : ASE Conference Talk 2016

This weekend I gave a talk at the ASE Conference in Birmingham. The subject was the creative use of ICT in Science. You can download a pdf version of the presentation here. Here are the main tools, and articles mentioned in the talk: Collaborative Tools Padlet Digital Storytelling Tools “Digital storytelling” is simply using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording...

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The DIY Human Body App for IOS
Dec08

The DIY Human Body App for IOS

The DIY Human Body app, allows children to investigate the human body at home, at school, or on the move! The app includes over a dozen easy to use, hands-on activities to learn about the human body and your health. Each activity includes step-by-step instructions that have been tested by educators, kids, and families. The activity materials are widely available and inexpensive—you probably have many of them already. The app also...

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Project Apollo Moon Photo Archive Released
Oct05

Project Apollo Moon Photo Archive Released

If you’re teaching a topic about Space, then this new image archive is going to be very useful! Pretty much every image captured by the Apollo astronauts on their lunar missions have now been added to the Project Apollo Archive Flickr account. There are over 11,000 photographs, each one painstakingly digitized and restored for this fantastic project. The images provide a fabulous record of life on the Apollo craft on their way...

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10 Primary Science Flipcharts for Prowise Presenter
Sep07

10 Primary Science Flipcharts for Prowise Presenter

If you’ve not met it before, ProWise Presenter is browser-based interactive whiteboard software which can be used on any brand of whiteboard with no need to install any software. This Summer, I’ve been involved in writing some Prowise files to help teach primary school science. There are 10 files in all from a range of different topic areas. Each file is about 10 or so pages with a mix of information and interactive...

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The World Teach In STEM CPD Event : Nov 2015
Sep02

The World Teach In STEM CPD Event : Nov 2015

World Teach In is a 2 day CPD event in London aimed at sharing the very best ideas for teaching Science and Technology. The event will provide a range of practical lessons and projects, along with full lesson plans and equipment to take away to  teach with on Monday morning! There are two 2 Events – one for Secondary on Friday 20th Nov, and one for Primary on the Saturday 21st. Secondary: Stem for Schools STEM for Schools 2015...

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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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