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Playground Physics

Playground Physics | technologies |
Fun video app lets students track motion to explore physics concepts
John Dalziel's insight:
Playground Physics is an inexpensive, intuitive way to get learners out of their chairs and learning about physics in real and tangible ways. 
Using an iPad learners can shoot video of any motion, whether it’s their friends running around, or tennis balls flying across the schoolyard.  
The program then measures variables like... 
● speed, 
● position, 
● direction, 
● energy, and 
● force. 
Any controlled experiment is possible, with the potential to empower learners’ learning and encouraging curiosity. 
Younger learners can have fun tracing motion, while older ones can work out the calculus involved.
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Science in the Classroom

Science in the Classroom | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
Science in the Classroom is a free resource for practitioners from Science Magazine. 
On the Science in the Classroom website, users will find research papers containing interactive annotations to help learners understand the content of the papers. 
In the right hand margin of each paper they will find a section called "learning lens." 
Learning lens offers seven types of interactive annotations that learners can enable. 
Of those seven types of annotations, the glossary annotation is the one that learners will probably use most often. 
The glossary annotations highlight key words and terms in the article. 
Clicking on a highlighted annotation reveals a definition. 
In addition to the interactive annotations, Science in the Classroom provides practitioners with... 
 ► discussion and reading comprehension questions and 
 ► a list of suggested learning activities.
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Illustrated Mathematics Dictionary

Illustrated Mathematics Dictionary | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

For many learners one of the obstacles to understanding how to solve a mathematics problem is understanding the vocabulary used in the problem.
Once they understand the meaning of terms they have an easier time understanding and solving the problems.
Having a glossary of terms often helps learners get to the heart of a mathematics problem.
Math is Fun is a free website that offers...
     ► math games,
     ► puzzles, and
     ► tutorials.
This tutorial resources, the Math is Fun dictionary, offers more than 700 definitions of mathematics terms.
     ► All of the definitions include an illustration.
     ► Nearly 200 of the definitions include an animation.
     ► Some of the animations are interactive tutorials.

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Measure Yourself - Functional Maths

Measure Yourself - Functional Maths | technologies |
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Measure Yourself, a fun, educational activity featured on the Lawrence Hall of Science website, could be a fun way to support Functional Skills (Maths) learners with measurement using the metric system.
The activity provides learners with some familiar animals by which to gauge metric measurements.
Learners are asked to measure the size of their...
● ears,
● feet, and
● overall height centimeters
They're then are shown a list of animals that have similar dimensions.
Well worth trying it out yourself; also a good resource for younger learners.

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Click2Map - On-line Map Creator

Click2Map - On-line Map Creator | technologies |
Click2Map is a mapping software that allows you to make maps quickly and easily.
John Dalziel's insight:

Click2Map is a web application that enables users to easily create maps and add points of interest to any geographic location of their choosing.
Click2Map allows users to...
   · import data,
   · geocode multiple addresses,
   · perform batch updates,
   · display directions,
   · customize their own database.
When their map is complete, they can download and use it on their own website and/or blog and/or other web presences.

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National Geographic Education

National Geographic Education | technologies |
National Geographic Education brings geography, social studies and science to life. Using real-world examples and National Geographic's rich media, educators, families, and students learn about the world and the people in it.
John Dalziel's insight:

National Geographic Education provides a treasure trove of educational resources to use with learners.
The content provided aims to enhance geo-literacy learning among learners and raise their ecological awareness of a variety of ecological topics.
The resources and programs featured in the site are about wide-ranging topics in geography, social studies, and science and the learners' roles as global citizens.

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Google Forms FINALLY Loves Math

Google Forms FINALLY Loves Math | technologies |
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I've posted about g(Math) < > for Google Forms before but, here is the good news...
     "g(Math) for Google Forms can now be used by learners to respond to questions that practitioners have added to Google Forms."
As users will be aware, g(Math) had previously only supported the creation of questions in Google Forms.
That, at the time, was a great feature as it allowed practitioners to easily insert graphs and equations into any Google Form.
BUT - this update allows learners to use the same Add-on to reply to questions.
Yes, g(Math) for Forms now...
   - allows learners to create graphs and equations while answering Google Forms questions.
   - includes an option for submitting handwritten responses.
John Stevens put together this post outlining, with screenshots, the steps to deploying g(Math) for Forms for learners.
You may also like to take a look at Richard Byrne's short video clip of the process at ;

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The Barefoot Project: primary computing

The Barefoot Project: primary computing | technologies |
Barefoot computing provides free cross-curricular resources to help you teach the computer science elements of the new primary computing curriculum.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Barefoot Computing Project is a DfE funded project.
Its aim is to provide primary teachers of computing with a range of materials for classroom teaching and professional development.
Developed by Computing At School (CAS), the package contains...
   - workshops,
   - exemplar teaching materials and
   - subject-knowledge enhancement materials.
These enable non-specialists to teach the important transferable skills and understanding coming under the umbrella-term of ‘computational thinking’, such as...
   - algorithms,
   - decomposition,
   - abstraction,
   - pattern recognition
...and so on.
The children are helped to develop mental models that have been shown to underpin and strengthen learning in computing.
With a cross-curricular scope and employing a range of fun and engaging teaching approaches, there is something for all teachers and young learners in infant and primary settings.
A must for Initial Teacher Training and those tasked with delivering the computer science elements of the primary computing curriculum!

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In Pieces - 30 Endangered Species

In Pieces - 30 Endangered Species | technologies |
30 species, 30 pieces. In Pieces is an interactive exhibition of 30 of the world’s most interesting but unfortunately endangered species — their survivals laying literally, in pieces. Explore information, facts and figures and download assets of each unique species.
John Dalziel's insight:

In Pieces provides visually appealing ways for students to learn about the threats to 30 endangered animal populations around the world.
Each of the animal's stories is told with...
   - text,
   - images, and
   - video.
Visitors to "In Pieces" will learn about...
   - the threats to each animal,
   - each animals native habit, and
   - efforts to save each animal.

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BetterExplained | Friendly lessons for a lasting insight.

BetterExplained | Friendly lessons for a lasting insight. | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

BetterExplained shares Maths lessons based on clear, simple insights.
   - videos,
   - diagrams, and
   - colloquial explanations,
...the site explains the logic behind mathematical equations and concepts, such as imaginary numbers or Bayes' theorem.
Practitioners as well as learners of all ages (or anyone generally interested in numbers) will love it.

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Journey to the Centre of the Earth | technologies |
How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth's core? And what would you see along the way? Discover what lies beneath...
John Dalziel's insight:

Journey to the Centre of the Earth is an interactive infographic, produced by the BBC.
As users scroll down the infographic they will see little pieces of information slide into the graphic from the sides. Each of these pieces of information is a fun fact like the maximum depth of a metal detector, the depths of sunken boats, the depths of the layers of the Earth, and the pressure you would feel at various depths below the Earth's surface.
NOTE: the depth references made throughout the infographic are ones that most learners will understand.
All of this provides an excellent way for learners to get a sense of just how far it is to the centre of the Earth.

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Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, & Tools

Science Fair Project Ideas, Answers, & Tools | technologies |
Free Topic Selection Wizard, science fair project ideas, step by step how to do a science fair project, Ask an Expert discussion board, and science fair tips for success.
John Dalziel's insight:

Science Buddies is one of many websites for science practitioners.
Its target audience is younger learners, their parents, and their teachers to quickly and easily assist them in finding free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology.
Science Buddies provides comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips, and techniques.

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Check My Flood Risk - Is your home at risk from flooding?

Check My Flood Risk - Is your home at risk from flooding? | technologies |
Use the Check My Flood Risk Map from Shoothill to assess the flood risk to your property from the Rivers and Sea in England.
John Dalziel's insight:

This Check My Flood Risk map shows the Environment Agency's assessment of the likelihood of flooding from rivers and the sea across England.
The information is based on the presence and effect of all flood defences, predicted flood levels, and ground levels. The data is available at...

...under Open Government Licence V2.
Note: The map is intended as a general guide only, to increase awareness of the likelihood of flooding from rivers or the sea, and to encourage people living and working in these areas to find out more and take appropriate action.

A useful resource for Environmental Science courses and more...

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Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer

Ready Jet Go! Space Explorer | technologies |
Super cool to see real sky, yet astronomy info just scratches surface
John Dalziel's insight:
Ready Jet Go! introduces learners to planets and constellations. Users can turn on location services to have the app generate a virtual sky to match the sky seen from any location. 
Learners will be able to see the stars above them even when not visible by day. 
While it is magical to see the real sky on the screen, going outdoors and pointing the app toward the sky is what will really keeps learners engaged.
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BioDigital: 3D Human Visualization Platform for Anatomy and Disease

BioDigital: 3D Human Visualization Platform for Anatomy and Disease | technologies |
The BioDigital Human is a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive Web-based platform
John Dalziel's insight:
BioDigital Human lets users check out every inch of the human body in a Google Maps-like interface. 
It’s a fascinating, detailed look at every nook and cranny of the male or female body, including... 
■ a bare-bones skeletal body, 
■ individual organs, 
■ muscles, 
■ veins and arteries, a fully fleshed out body. 
From a menu on the left, users can choose what system they want to look at (like the respiratory system or the cardiovascular system) and only that will be highlighted, along with a clear explanation of what it does. 
 In the same way, the “Conditions” tab highlights common ailments or medical procedures like an angioplasty or diabetic kidney problems, complete with a detailed explanation. 
NOTE: BioDigital Human has a premium version, but the free version will, for most users, be good enough.
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Engage - Engaging Science

Engage - Engaging Science | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

ENGAGE is part of the EU Science in society agenda to promote more Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI)
ENGAGE focuses on a more inquiry-based methodology,
which gives learners opportunity for self-expression and responsibility for coming to informed decisions.
ENGAGE builds on a range of:
     ► research-informed pedagogies
     ► guided inquiry
     ► explicit skills teaching

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Scribble Maps - draw on maps and/or make them.

Scribble Maps - draw on maps and/or make them. | technologies |
Easily Create and Share Maps. Share with friends, embed maps on websites, and create images or pdf.
John Dalziel's insight:

Scribble Maps lets users create and customize their maps the way they want.
When using Scribble Maps users will be able to...
   · embed images,
   · add text and markers,
   · create custom widgets and
   · share their final product with their peers and/or Assessor/tutor/practitioner etc.
NOTE: - The Pro version of Scribble Maps has the added features of publishing maps with no adverts.

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ZeeMaps - An on-line Map creator

ZeeMaps - An on-line Map creator | technologies |
Create a map from location list, crowd source, spreadsheets, etc. Publish, share interactive maps. Mapping of radius, administrative, and other regions. Map images.
John Dalziel's insight:

   · is a great tool for creating interactive maps.
   · provides unlimited markers per map and
   · has 3 level access control for each map: viewer, member and admin.
   · allows users to add video, photo or audio with their markers.
There are many other features provided by this tool.
Well worth a closer look!

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, June 28, 2015 4:17 AM
Pour créer des cartes interactives. On peut ajouter de l'audio, de la vidéo, des photos.


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National STEM Centre - teaching resources

National STEM Centre - teaching resources | technologies |
The National STEM Centre eLibrary enables you to search thousands of teaching resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
John Dalziel's insight:

This community resource area is open to everyone to add in their own resources and teaching materials.
It's hoped that this community resource area will grow, with many teachers, lecturers and technicians sharing their own tried-and-tested resources for others to use.
If you’ve created something you use in your learning environment that you’re proud of – why not share it? Or why not visit the collection and comment on other people’s resources?
Visit the National STEM Centre eLibrary to browse the resources already submitted by the teaching community, and/or to add your first resource.

Tetyana Nanayeva's curator insight, June 11, 2015 4:30 PM

STEM Center Library

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PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations

PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations | technologies |
Free educational simulations covering a diverse topics designed by the University of Colorado available in various languages.
John Dalziel's insight:

PhET is a platform that offers free interactive simulations designed to assist learners in developing an informed understanding of a variety of phenomena covering...
   - science,
   - physics and
   - maths.
These simulations come to life via the use of...
   - graphics,
   - interactive controls,
   - sliders and
   - radio buttons.
Learners can easily manipulate the intuitive interface and even get animated feedback and responses as they navigate their way through the various simulations.
All of the simulations provided by PhET are...
   - free to use and
   - easily integrated within educational instruction.
NOTE: To be able to access them users need to make sure their browser runs Flash and Java because all of these interactive simulations are written in Java and Flash.

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GraphFree | technologies |
GraphFree is an incredibly flexible online graphing tool, boasting capabilities not found even in the most popular graphing calculators. Whether you’re a teacher who wants to make better graphs for tests, or a student looking for homework help, it’s time to try GraphFree.
John Dalziel's insight:

GraphFree is an on-line Graphing Tool for Learners and Practitioners providing an alternative to some expensive graphing calculators and apps.
On GraphFree users can...
   - enter plot graph points manually or
   - enter an equation or function see a graph generated.
Each graph can then be saved as an image to use in
   - a document,
   - a presentation, or
   - a SMART Notebook folder.
Note: GraphFree provides a helpful gallery of tutorial videos and an extensive guide for new users.
For many, GraphFree will provide all of the functions that they need.

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PatrickJMT: FREE useful maths videos!

PatrickJMT: FREE useful maths videos! | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

PatrickJMT provides learners studying elementary through early college-level mathematics, and their practitioners who are considering, or already are, using a flipped teaching model, access to a wide variety of free on-line video tutorials in maths.
In addition, it has a store (through MindBites) in which users can purchase videos to download.
The free videos are a great starting point, and they can be downloaded for offline studying.

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Magnifying the Universe

Magnifying the Universe | technologies |
Magnifying the Universe
John Dalziel's insight:

This interactive info-graphic accurately illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to molecules and atoms.

There are many hot spots along the zoom slider allow for direct access to planets, animals, the hydrogen atom and more.
As users scroll (left to access larger items, right for smaller), a handy dial spins to show you your present magnification level.
Learners will enjoy magnifying the universe...
   - every time they zoom in a depth, they're magnifying the universe 10x and
   - every time you zoom out, the bigger objects are 1/10th of their prior size.
NOTE: The best way to experience this interactive info-graphic is in full screen - click the "Full Screen" button in the top right corner of the infographic.

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Lawrence Hall of Science - 24/7 Science

Lawrence Hall of Science - 24/7 Science | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

The Lawrence Hall of Science provides a portal to inter-actives covering different scientific phenomena.
Learners can use them in hands-on activities to...
   - design,
   - test and
   - discover
...amazing things about science.
The resources are arranged into different categories including:
   - After School Kids Science (ideal for Family Learning);
   - Check out Science (learners read a non-fiction book from Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading curriculum, then follow the instructions on the included activity card),
   - Explore the World (inter-actives to help learners virtually discover the world)
...and many more.

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Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.

Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

In their words...
"Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about...
   - social,
   - economic and
   - environmental
...development at...
   - local,
   - national and
   - global levels.
We are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using the Internet."
   - provides a good way for visual learners to see data sets in a context that is significantly different from standard data sets.
   - has a page for educators on which they can find thematic animations, graphs, quizzes, model lessons, and a PDF guide to using Gapminder.
NOTE: For practitioners working in learning environments with slow Internet connections or very strict filtering, Gapminder also has a desktop application that users can download and install for Mac or Windows computers.

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