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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 |
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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
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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 |
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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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Mathway | Math Problem Solver

Mathway | Math Problem Solver | technologies |
Free math problem solver answers your algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics homework questions with step-by-step explanations, just like a math tutor.
John Dalziel's insight:

Mathway provides learners with the tools they need to understand and solve their maths problems.
With hundreds of millions of problems already solved, Mathway is probably the #1 problem solving resource available for learners, employers, practitioners and other stakeholders.
Mathway's long-term goal is to provide step-by-step solutions to all maths problems, using the simplest interface possible, across the most commonly used platforms available.
To be fair, Mathway is an ambitious endeavor that will improve with time.
The Mathway website also has a handy worksheet creator for practitioners which can help them quickly set up assignments.
Users can take...
   - algebra,
   - geometry,
   - trigonometry,
   - calculus, and
   - statistics problems the online problem solver and, get to understand the process via the step-by-step solutions.
NOTE: Mathway is also available as an iOS and Android app but with in-app purchases.

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STEMNET | Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network

STEMNET | Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

STEMNET's Vision is to increase young people’s choice and chances through...
   - science,
   - technology,
   - engineering and
   - mathematics.
STEMNET do this by enabling all young people to achieve their potential in STEM by:
   - Ensuring that all young people, regardless of background, are encouraged to understand the excitement and importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in their lives, and the career opportunities to which the STEM subjects can lead;
   - Encouraging businesses , organisations and individuals wanting to support young people in STEM to target their efforts and resources in a way that will deliver the best results for them and young people;
   - Helping all schools across the UK to understand the benefits of engaging with STEM and embedding it within curriculum planning.

You may also want to take a look at STEMNET's interactive story at...

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The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits

The Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

The Blobz Introductory Guide to Electric Circuits provides a series of interactive animations designed to help beginners, learn how electric circuits work.
There are five sections to the series.
Each sections builds upon the lessons of the previous section.
The series starts with the basics of what makes a circuit complete and concludes with diagramming and building circuits.
Each section in the series has a few short lessons and is followed by an animated interactive activity to which learners can apply what they have just learned.
Ideal for beginners, family Learning and more.

Jocelyn Bassett's curator insight, April 9, 2015 2:18 AM

I found the Blobz Guide interesting, visually appealing and interactive.  It is a fun and engaging way to learn about Electric Circuits.


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Here's a collection of NASA sounds from historic spaceflights and current missions. You can hear the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil Armstrong's "One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for

John Dalziel's insight:

NASA's SoundCloud channel could be a good place, for practitioners, to find audio to support lessons on the development and evolution of the space program.
The recordings are in the public domain so both practitioners and their learners can download the recordings to re-use in media productions about space.
On NASA's SoundCloud channel visitors will find audio from...
   - Apollo,
   - Mercury, and
   - Discovery missions.
They'll also find audio of rocket sounds and space sounds.

The NASA Sounds web site also features a larger number of downloadable mp3s and they can be accessed at... ;

Nadine Vespasien's curator insight, January 27, 2015 11:02 AM

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Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology!

Bioman Biology: The Fun Place to Learn Biology! | technologies |
Video computer games, virtual labs and activities for learning and reviewing biology content. Great for students and teachers.
John Dalziel's insight:

Bioman Biology provides dozens of educational games and virtual labs designed to help students learn about topics related to biology.
The games and virtual labs are organized into eight topics...
   - physiology,
   - cells,
   - ecology,
   - genetics,
   - classification,
   - life chemistry,
   - respiration, and
   - scientific methods.
NOTE: Most the games are Flash-based but a handful of them are available as free iPad apps.
Bioman Biology also offers practitioners an option to track their learners' game scores.

When learners complete a game they have the option to enter their practitioners email address and have their scores sent them. Learners don't need to have email addresses of their own in order to send scores.

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CK-12 Simulations

CK-12 Simulations | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

On the CK-12 Simulations website, learners can chose from a LONG list of simulations that cover everything from the physics of sound to gravity's forces on water from a fountain...
How does it work?
   - The first step, once they've selected a simulation, is to learn about the physics behind the simulation.
   - Then they are taken into the simulation to put it to the test.
CK-12 Simulations website has prompts under the challenge button to see if the learner really knows their stuff.
I highly recommend that STEM practitioners check K-12 Simulations out

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Google Forms FINALLY Loves Math

Google Forms FINALLY Loves Math | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

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 |
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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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Maths Careers

Maths Careers | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

This comprehensive website answers one basic question for learners — what do you do with a mathematics education?
The site is maintained by The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (UK), a charity which promotes and supports understanding, teaching, research and applications of mathematics.

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g(Math) for Forms - Google Forms add-on

g(Math) for Forms - Google Forms add-on | technologies |
Create graphs (including plotting points), statistical displays, and write complex math directly in your Form!
John Dalziel's insight:

Many practitioners, who use Google Drive would like to add maths problems to their Google Forms.
g(Math) is a Google Forms Add-on that allows Google Docs users to insert graphs and mathematical expressions into their Google Forms.
To get the Add-on...
   - select "get Add-ons" from the Add-ons menu in Google Forms;
   - search for g(Math);
   - Click the install button,
   - give the Add-on permission to access your account, and
...then it's ready to go.
To insert graphs and equations into any Form, users...
   - select g(Math) from their Add-ons menu and
   - follow the directions that pop-up on the right side of the screen.

You may find useful to look at as well!

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SolveMe Mobiles

SolveMe Mobiles | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

The premise, of the SolveMe Mobiles Math Puzzles, is fairly simple.
Learners/users are given a mobile that has beams balanced under a number.
They need to use their deduction skills to determine what the values of the different shapes are.
The more you answer, the harder they get.
There are 164 SolveMe puzzles and then even more available through the community.
For learners who need to be challenged even more, they can create their own puzzles to post in the SolveMe community.
The best thing is that SolveMe Mobiles is completely free and you don't need to create an account unless you want to track your progress.
It can be quite addictive.

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Physics4Kids | technologies |
Site map for with tutorial list for the classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, modern physics, light, and optics topics.
John Dalziel's insight:

Physics 4 Kids is an on-line portal of basic lessons covering different key concepts of physics.
Practitioners can use the resources to expand learners' knowledge of physics and to also initiate them to those physics concepts they are planning to teach them in the learning environment.
Physics 4 Kids...
   - provides learners with guided tours that they can use by themselves to learn about physics.
   - embeds visual aids and video tutorials to enhance learner understandings.
Physics 4 Kids includes...
   - motion and mechanics,
   - electricity and magnetism,
   - modern physics,
   - light and optics
...and many more.

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TryEngineering | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Try Engineering is a website that hosts lesson plans and games designed to get learners interested in engineering.
The 100+ lesson plans...
   - are arranged according age and engineering topic. T
   - can be downloaded as PDFs.
The games section...
   - features 36 on-line games.
   - covers a variety of topics including solar energy, space science, and bio-engineering.
   - also includes links to a dozen iPad apps that learners can use to learn about engineering and programming

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