Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups
Jun03

Science Teaching Idea : Food Chains With Stackable Cups

Here’s a quick idea for teaching food chains with stackable cups. I posted this over on Facebook last week and it got an amazing response, plus lots of questions. So I thought I’d explain the idea a little more here. The basic idea is that you can stick/draw images of animals and plants onto stackable cups, plus write the name around the edge. Then stack them to show the food chain building up. In the example video, I used...

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50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit
May05

50 Essential Tools for any Science Teaching Toolkit

One of my main roles is as a Primary Science lecturer, training student teachers to become great science teachers, or to at least to overcome the fear of science they developed in high school! Over the course of a year I fire plenty of useful websites and apps at them that they should check out. One of my students asked if I had a handy list of all of them in one place and I realised I hadn’t collated them for a while. So here...

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AR Circuits : Augmented Reality Circuit Builder
Apr26

AR Circuits : Augmented Reality Circuit Builder

The AR Circuits app allows students to build and test realistic circuits which are then enhanced using augmented reality technology. The app allows you to build circuits without the expense, safety concerns, and problems associated with physical electrical components. The circuits are designed by arranging printed paper component cards which you can download and print from the AR Circuits website. The circuits can then be viewed...

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Explore the Moon with ESA’s Interactive Guide
Apr25

Explore the Moon with ESA’s Interactive Guide

ESA’s Interactive Moon guide is a new interactive website launched by the European Space Agency to explore questions about lunar exploration and explain what future moon missions may entail. From radio telescopes on the far side of the Moon to how Earth’s natural satellite formed, the interactive documentary is a comprehensive guide. It features interviews with real lunar scientists from all over Europe as well as a timeline of...

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Squishy Circuits : Fun with Electrical Dough
Apr04

Squishy Circuits : Fun with Electrical Dough

Squishy circuits allow for a fun blurring of science and art. Children can create fun circuits as easily as rolling out lengths of dough. This can be a lot more interesting than playing with regular electrical components, and not a crocodile clip in sight! Regular play dough is a salty substance. The salt allows electricity to flow through the dough. If you make a dough that substitutes sugar for salt it becomes an insulator instead....

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Raising interest and challenging stereotypes in school science
Mar11

Raising interest and challenging stereotypes in school science

Research from the sector’s trade association, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) shows that 75% of schools are now prioritising science over other core subjects. While this survey of 235 primary science co-ordinators shows that 89% of primary students are more interested in science than in previous years (31% in 2006), there are still many students who, from the age of five or six years, have formed strong opinions,...

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Virtuali-Tee lets you view inside the body with Augmented Reality
Mar07

Virtuali-Tee lets you view inside the body with Augmented Reality

Here’s an excellent idea for a app to teach about the body. The Curiscope Virtuali-tee app combines a wearable AR code with an augmented reality app to make the internal organs come to life! When the t-shirt is viewed through the app, it unlocks a portal into the body and transform the tee into an anatomy lesson. You can explore the body in fully animated 3D that lets you move in and look around the body. The T-shirt plus app...

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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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