conversations as they happen from around Australia and the world.
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Loaded with great facts and information the ABC Science website certainly has something for everyone.
Primary school teachers using this web space won't be
disappointed. Amongst other excellent resources they will find a great selection of age appropriate, hands on teaching and learning activities to explore with quality, comprehensive lesson plans attached.
Check out the o-wing experiement. With a focus on the
scientific method students have fun building and testing weird and wonderful muilti-winged gliders.
Australian Curriculum. Creating Designed Solutions: 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.10
Bee-Bot for iPad is the app version of the popular Bee -Bot floor robot that introduces basic programming skills to young learners. With a variety of challenges on offer, each more complex than the last, the Bee-Bot program
enables students to improve their skills in directional
language and programming through sequences of movement.
In the Year 4 science lesson the Bee-Bot can be used to
explore the physical science of force and motion as students observe that forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance.
Australian Curriculum: Physical Sciences for Year 4. Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding: 4.2
This program is brilliant in its simplicity. It allows the user to take any jpeg image and add interactive regions for labels and annotations.
From labelling the structure of the Earth to explaining the
water cycle, diagrams make for great learning in the diverse classroom. The use of visuals as a teaching and learning strategy supports both student comprehension, retention and promotes communication.
Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies Knowledge and Understanding 4.2
seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it is left for longer periods of time, according to new
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This article inspired me to think about the many digital microscopes available for purchase on the market today. In my opinion no classroom teacher should be without one.
Microscopes open up a whole new world for students, use one to take a close look at a drop of pond water and you will soon find out the reason why. Children will be engaged and engrossed in any lesson where a digital microscope is used I absolutely guarantee it.
Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies Knowledge and Understanding 4.1 and Processes and Production Skills 4.3
Wanting to track the latest innovations in technology, materials and designs from around the world that are moving us towards a smarter and more sustainable future? Then look no further than here to be impressed by the greenhouse made from recycled plastic bottles by children in the UK.
The inhabitat.com weblog, with its fresh design and easy to navigate pages, has something for everyone. Learn, share and be inspired by the articles on the pages that inform and inspire the wish for a greener future for us all.
Teachers who have Prep to Year 2 should take a look at the instructional video featuring the impressive ‘Gardening Guru’ Petey Rojas as he informs us ‘How to grow a lemon tree from a seed.’
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding. Designed Solutions 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.10 & Food production 2.3
Everyone loves to build with Lego. Since its inception in 1949 this this simple construction toy has certainly come a long way. Today a whole Lego subculture exists that can be seen to support movies, games, competitions and even amusement parks.
'Lego Education' offers an exciting variety of authentic, hands on resources for schools and children of all ages that can be seen to align with the National Curriculum.
Lego RoboMind is educational software that is specifically developed to teach students about logic, programming and robotics. Students quickly learn to develop and test scripts in a virtual environment then transfer them to a LegoMindstorms NXT robot to see the result in real life...
Bring on the learning!
Australian Curriculum. Design and Implement Digital Technologies: 6.5, 6.6 and 6.7.
Feeling proud of the work your students do? Then why not share their awesome achievements with a wider audience.
Showcasing student work is a pleasure for all teachers and the recognition that comes from spotlighting flourishing
talents and creativity can inspire students to even greater achievements.
Sharing student work can be as simple as decorating the halls outside your classroom with student projects. However, when technology comes into play sharing can reach a much broader audience.
Creating your own web page is a fun learning experience. The populr.me web page generator, as suggested in this scoop, looks like a great place to start for you and your students and the sign up is free.
Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies: Collaborating and Managing: 8.10
Endless opportunities for valuable teaching and learning experiences to be had here
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Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Originating in Australia and held annually, Earth Hour encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour in the aim of raising awareness of environmental issues such as climate change.
This year Earth Hour has partnered with Cool Australia to create an extensive curriculum toolkit for teachers aiming to empower their students to construct their own vision of the natural world and sustainability for a positive future.
Teachers can download lesson plans, digital worksheets, Smartboard activities and a host of other resources that incorporate themes such as Energy, Water, Waste and Biodiversity.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding 8.1, 8.2 & 8.4
One of the latest missions from the ISS is truly amazing. The High Definition Earth Viewing experiment consists of four cameras that have been attached outside of the ISS. Though temperature is controlled, the cameras are exposed to the radiation from the sun, which will allow astronauts to understand how radiation affects the instruments.
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Who wouldn't be?
Teaching Earth and Space Sciences to your students? What better way to engage them than giving them the opportunity to see and study the Earth live from space with this cutting edge technology.
Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology Knowledge and Understanding. 8.9.
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