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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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Eskeletons

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eSkeletons, produced by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, features interactive models of mammal skeletons.

It providers learners with an option to compare bones across models
Just...
   - Select a model from the menu on the home page
   - click on any bone in the model to view it in detail.
After select a bone to view users can choose from a menu of viewing angles.

In many cases eSkeletons offers a short video display of the bone you've selected from the menu.
OR
   - Select two or more animals from the menu
   - select a bone and a small gallery of comparative images will be generated.
eSkeletons also offers a glossary of terms and a legend to help learners understand what they are viewing.
Even without the models, the glossary is a good resource for anatomy learners.

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Your Life - Showing how science and maths leads to exciting, successful careers

Your Life - Showing how science and maths leads to exciting, successful careers | technologies | Scoop.it
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Your Life brings together business, educators, civil society and government, to show how science and maths leads to exciting, successful careers.

It aims to make the most of all our talents and to grow the number of women in science, technology and engineering.

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Small World | Nikon - Photomicrography Competitions

Small World | Nikon - Photomicrography Competitions | technologies | Scoop.it
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Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope.
The page that I feel has most use, for learners and practitioners alike, is the Galleries Page covering images from Actin to Zebrafish.

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Homepage - ABPI - Resources for Schools

Homepage - ABPI - Resources for Schools | technologies | Scoop.it

Free teaching resources for primary and secondary schools. Supported by the UK pharmaceutical industry.

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The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry "Resources..." provides interactive content for a wide range of learner age groups.
Topics covered for the 16+ age group include...
   - Science
   - Applied science
   - Biology
   - Human biology
   - Chemistry
   - Biotechnology
   - Business studies
   - Health and social care
   - Physical education
   - PSHE/Citizenship studies
   - Religious studies
   - Science in society
For Practitioners there are high quality animations and diagrams that they can display full screen size on their interactive whiteboard, or even download for inclusion in lesson plans.
The information on Curriculum Links for each Interactive Content Topic is continually updated to keep abreast of ongoing curriculum changes in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
There is also a series of Useful Links to other websites supported by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Aspire to Inspire

Aspire to Inspire | technologies | Scoop.it
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A must view resource for Equality & Diversity from NASA. Women in...

     - Science
     - Technology
     - Engineering and
     - Maths

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Google Maps Gallery

Google Maps Gallery | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

Google Maps Gallery offers a growing collection of maps depicting all kinds of data.
In the Google Maps Gallery visitors can find mapped displays of data sets on topics in...
   - science,
   - society,
   - history,
   - politics,
...and much more.
Google Maps Gallery is focused on visualizations of data sets, which could provide a starting point for some learners' research projects.

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Royal Society of Chemistry | Advancing excellence in the chemical sciences

Royal Society of Chemistry | Advancing excellence in the chemical sciences | technologies | Scoop.it
A worldwide network of members and an international publishing business. Join the RSC to help advance the chemical sciences.
John Dalziel's insight:

This RSC (not the one I work for) is the largest non-government supporter of chemistry education in the UK. Their activities encompass formal and informal education from the cradle to the grave and are grouped into three key areas:
   - Schools and colleges
   - Higher Education (HE)
   - Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
They support the teaching of chemistry within the post-16 phases and their resources and materials are sent free to colleges in the UK and Ireland.
They also encourage initiatives to attract learners to the chemical sciences from all parts of society and raise awareness of potential careers. An advisory service and a variety of careers publications for learners and practitioners are available.
Note: Education in Chemistry is their bimonthly magazine produced for practitioners that includes a pupil supplement aimed at 14 - 18 year olds. This is also sent free to colleges and universities throughout the UK and Ireland.

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JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER

JST VIRTUAL SCIENCE CENTER | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

The Japanese Science and Technology Center currently offers nine science lessons. The list of lessons and activities covers topics in...
- physics,
- biology,
- psychology,
- geography, and
- space science.
Each virtual lesson...
- presents a manageable chunk of information followed by activities in which learners are tasked to use that information.
- has multiple parts (some have 20+ parts) and multiple activities.
- is appropriate for middle/secondary school use.
Some lessons offer more depth than others, but all of the activities offer excellent content.

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Selborne: website for environmental annotation

Selborne: website for environmental annotation | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

The first step to get your head around this website is to zoom out, using your mouse scroll wheel or the zoom button (top left)
- Hover over the map button (with the layer-icon) and select the type of map that is right for you.
There is a small but impressive selection and they all have their uses.
- Hover over the logo to find:

   - the Text field to log-in (An account can be requested via email)

   - Annotations (all the annotations added so far, are direct links),

   - Datasets (Terrestial ecoregions, plant biodiversity.)

In the Bottom-Right: - Search - Coordinates
- Hover over the Search button and enter the town, street, etc you want to direct the map towards.
For me the impressive layers that can be added to the maps are the Meteorology layers...
   - Precipitation
   - Pressure Contour
   - Wind and
   - Temperature

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National STEM Centre

National STEM Centre | technologies | Scoop.it
The National STEM Centre in York is building the largest collections of resources for teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the UK.
John Dalziel's insight:

The National STEM Centre hosts a collection of STEM teaching and learning resources, providing practitioners, of STEM subjects, with access to a wide range of high-quality support materials.

 

The National STEM Centre works with business, industry, charitable organisations, professional bodies and others with an interest in STEM education to facilitate closer collaboration and more effective support for schools and the FE & Skills Sector, and promotion of STEM careers awareness.

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ARKive - Discover the world's most endangered species

ARKive - Discover the world's most endangered species | technologies | Scoop.it

ARKive - the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species. Includes endangered species videos, photos, facts & education resources.

John Dalziel's insight:

ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative of the charity Wildscreen
With the help of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, they are creating an awe-inspiring record of life on Earth.
The resources are freely accessible to everyone and preserved for the benefit of future generations.
ARKive is a truly invaluable resource for...
- conservation,
- education and
- public awareness.

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Into The Outdoors | Learn – Do – Empower

Into The Outdoors | Learn – Do – Empower | technologies | Scoop.it
Learn - Do - Empower
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Into The Outdoors is a excellent website providing educational video clips on things related to nature and environment. accompanied with these videos are a set of lesson plans and ideas on using the the videos.

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The Dino Directory - Natural History Museum

The Dino Directory - Natural History Museum | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

The Natural History Museum hosts a directory that contains...
- names,
- facts, and
- figures for more than 300 diferent dinosaurs.
One of the ways that learners can search through the database is by selecting the "in your country" option; this identifies the dinosaurs that may have roamed the land in what is now their country.
The search results display a grid of drawings of the types of dinosaurs, by Clicking on the images users can learn more about the dinosaurs.

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Robocompass | A Robotic Geometry Box on 3D

Robocompass | A Robotic Geometry Box on 3D | technologies | Scoop.it
Practice Compass and StraightEdge constructions
John Dalziel's insight:

Practitioners and learners, draw your geometric constructions using the very attractive interface that is Robocompass.
Robocompass is easy to use, simply type in commands.
Just select "How to" for the list of supported commands.
Ideal for use on an interactive whiteboard, for flipped learning and/or presentations/revision etc.

My first simple try-out is at http://www.robocompass.com/share?id=1iupw1on551km 

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Data Visualization: How much have we polluted?

Data Visualization: How much have we polluted? | technologies | Scoop.it
ElkanoData offers you a tool to visualize the environmental footprint generated by each country. Explore, analyze, compare and reflect.
John Dalziel's insight:

This is an eye-opening map which shows the extent to which we have polluted the earth from 1960 to 2008.
Simply choose two countries you want to compare, pollution-wise, and choose the date you want to look at (from 1960 to 2008). You will then be presented with information showing how much those countries have polluted.
This has so many uses in so many subject areas.

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CanvasMol

CanvasMol | technologies | Scoop.it

Interactive 3D molecule viewer in HTML5. Works with PDB/MOL/SDF formats.

John Dalziel's insight:

Canvas Mol is a website that provides 3D, interactive, rotating models of simple and complex molecules.
Yes no need to spend time making 3D Models of Molecules (for them to often fall apart)
There are more than fifty models of relatively common molecules like glucose, fructose, and morphine.
Each model can be altered...
   - to show or not show bonds,
   - to show or not show individual atoms, and
   - to rotate on the X,Y, or Z axis.
Canvas Mol can be a great resource for STEM practitioners and learners.

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Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information | technologies | Scoop.it
The Encyclopedia of Life is an unprecedented effort to gather scientific knowledge about all animal and plant life where pictures, information, facts, and mo...
John Dalziel's insight:

What is EOL? - Information and pictures of all species known to science, it is an Encyclopedia of Life.
Knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere.
EOL's dream is to gather it all together and make it available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice.

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Map of Life

Map of Life | technologies | Scoop.it
By bringing together all types of information about species distributions, providing model-based integration, and providing a system for users to build upon our knowledge, the Map of Life project hopes to support our community in understanding and saving the world's biodiversity.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Map of Life resource is ideal for learners studying ecology or biology.
This mapping project, sponsored in part by Yale and the University of Colorado, offers the option to see distribution of a species around the world.
Just...
select a species from the species menu and
placemarks for that species will be displayed on the map.
Map of Life also provides the option to see a distribution of animals closest to you. Just select "what lives near me."

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WeatherSpark

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WeatherSpark: beautiful weather graphs and maps making in-depth weather information easily accessible.
John Dalziel's insight:

I found this website fascinating and it seems to offer more, for teaching and learning, than other websites and apps.
It's still in Beta and some features apply only to the USA but there are plenty of settings and data for learners to explore, including...
- weather averages
- forecast accuracy
- historical weather and
- Global Warming
...for chosen locations.
The "Help" link is accessed via the more button.
Note: the link I've provided sets the location at Liverpool, UK but it is easy to change.

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Tomorrow's Engineers 4th-8th November 2013

Tomorrow's Engineers 4th-8th November 2013 | technologies | Scoop.it
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Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (4-8 November 2013) is an opportunity to find out more about the exciting careers available in engineering.


It aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents and teachers.


The campaign will challenge outdated negative perceptions about engineering careers, particularly amongst women, and demonstrate the relevance of engineering to young people’s everyday lives.

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Worldometers - real time world statistics

Worldometers - real time world statistics | technologies | Scoop.it
Live world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health.
John Dalziel's insight:

Enables practitioners and/orlearners to view all kinds of global data.
Worldometers provides constantly updating statistics about a wide range of topics...
- World population
- Government & Economics

- Society & Media

- Environment
- Food
- Water

- Energy

- Health
...taken from a variety of online sources.
The site is both educational and awareness-raising and could be used in many ways.

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Explain 3D: Interactive educational simulations

Explain 3D: Interactive educational simulations | technologies | Scoop.it
Explain in 3D environment, how things work. Learn with interactive simulations that supports creativity and learning process.
John Dalziel's insight:

Explain 3D is a free site that offers a small of collection of 3D animations of simple machines. While the animations are free to view, users do have to register in order to see them.
The animations use the Unity web player which enables viewers to zoom-in, zoom-out, and rotate animations 360 degrees; this has to be downloaded and added to the computer being used.
The simulations are built in 3D environment, where users can rotate and play with them. The main advantage is interactivity, which supports educational engagement.
These interactive simulations can help practitioners explain and/or learners understand, how things work.
Currently there are eight Explain 3D animations.

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Games and Facts from Galleries of Canadian Museum of Nature

Games and Facts from Galleries of Canadian Museum of Nature | technologies | Scoop.it
Menu page: Online access to interactive games and facts that are in the galleries of the Canadian Museum of Nature.
John Dalziel's insight:

Educational interactives, games and facts from the galleries of the Canadian Museum of Nature.
For us in the UK,it's unlikely we can makeit to the museum but, learners can still enjoy the engaging virtual experiences.
NOTE: You must have Adobe Flash Player 8 or greater in order to see these online games.

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National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives | technologies | Scoop.it
A digital library containing Java applets and activities for K-12 mathematics
John Dalziel's insight:

Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement.
Mathematics is not a spectator sport.
Many practitioners are so assessment orientated, that far too much of their current instruction fails to actively involve learners.

One way to address this problem is through the use of manipulatives, physical objects, provided by this website.
They help learners visualize relationships and applications.
The Utah State University team have built Java-based mathematical tools and editors allowing them to create exciting new approaches to interactive mathematical instruction.
The NLVM is a resource from which practitionerers can freely draw to enrich their mathematics learning environments. The materials are also of importance for Initial (mathematical) Teacher Training.
Another excellent sites, and a must for maths practitioners to visit.

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Todd Parker's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:43 PM

This is an excellent online source of virtual manipulatives.  Whether in class or at home, computers may be in use and this site allows for the use of math manipulatives in a wide variety of contexts for problem solving.  Sometimes you may not have manipulatives handy but you do have computers.  Then this site can help your students visualize as if the manipulatives were in front of them.  Just one of many ways that technology has helped students in math.  Sometimes my students ONLY understand if they can "touch" the problem.  Well, this is the next best thing.  You can't have every manipulative in the world, so this site can expand your collection and how they are used.

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GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website

GCSE revision and A level revision | S-cool, the revision website | technologies | Scoop.it
S-cool Revision is the UK’s leading FREE revision website. We provide high quality A Level and GCSE revision guides, revision questions and revision notes to over 3 million students a year!
John Dalziel's insight:

Does what it says! This site is idealfor learners preparing for assessments and or revisiting workcovered to refresh memories, practice, prepare etc.

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MCS Learning Support's curator insight, November 4, 2013 6:55 AM

A free revision site that may help with particular topics.