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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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MAPfrappe - Move Outlines

MAPfrappe - Move Outlines | technologies | Scoop.it
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Countries have so many different shapes and sizes, so it can be hard to appreciate the true size of a country unless it is placed over another location. MAPfrappe is a Google Maps mashup in which users are provided with two maps.
On one map they can then “sketch” the initial area they want to use in their comparrison.
They can then use the second map to place it (overlap) wherever they wish.
Practitioners, and/or learners may want to show others what they’ve done, and/or want to come back to it at a later time. If that's the case, a button is provided that generates a permanent URL associated with current outlines and map views.
When users, and/or others, use the generated URL, they will return to the outlines and map that was created.

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Google Sky

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Short of buying a telescope, Google Sky (Map) provides an alternative way to look up into the night sky and browse the stars.

On second thoughts, it is the best way because clouds and pollution do not impede you.

Type the name of the planet or celestial body you want to view in the search box, and Google Sky pans to its location.

Visit https://www.google.com/sky/about.html to find out more...

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Institute of Physics (IOP) Education

Institute of Physics (IOP) Education | technologies | Scoop.it
Institute of Physics: Education
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Explore this "Education" section to find out about the IOP's...
   - latest curriculum development initiatives,
   - Affiliated Schools Scheme and
   - professional development courses.
There are also resource links and information about the various support networks available.

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Scitation

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John Dalziel's insight:

I'm sure most, if not all, Learning providers delivering STEM courses will have flagged this website to their learners. In case they haven't, I've added it here!

Topics Covered include...

Acoustics; Astronomy and astrophysics; Atomic and molecular physics; Biological physics; Condensed matter physics; Energy; General physics; Geophysics; Interdisciplinary physics; Materials science; Mathematical physics; Nanotechnology; Nuclear physics; Optics and optical physics; Particle physics; Physical chemistry; Plasma physics; Quantum mechanics; Rheology and fluid dynamics; Society and organization; and Statistical physics. 

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John Dalziel's insight:

I'm sure most, if not all, Learning providers delivering STEM courses will have flagged this website to their learners. In case they haven't, I've added it here!

Topics Covered include...

Acoustics; Astronomy and astrophysics; Atomic and molecular physics; Biological physics; Condensed matter physics; Energy; General physics; Geophysics; Interdisciplinary physics; Materials science; Mathematical physics; Nanotechnology; Nuclear physics; Optics and optical physics; Particle physics; Physical chemistry; Plasma physics; Quantum mechanics; Rheology and fluid dynamics; Society and organization; and Statistical physics. 

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Engage: Engaging Science

Engage: Engaging Science | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

ENGAGE is a new project from the science upd8 team, bringing up-to-date science into learning environments across Europe.
At the time of writing this, they offered two new activities to get learners talking and thinking:
   - Car Wars: It's 2020, and these fun activities get learners comparing pros and cons of different fuels to choose a new car
   - Grow your own body: help learners apply knowledge of cells and organs and get-up-to-speed with the exciting technology of lab-grown organs

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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

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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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Air Pollution in World: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map

Air Pollution in World: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

Air Pollution Visual Map – air pollution is a big problem across the world, and the level of pollution varies depending on where in the world you are. This “Visual Map” shows the pollution level in various locations around the globe. 

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physics.org

physics.org | technologies | Scoop.it
Your guide to physics on the web. physics.org is the place to be if you have a burning physics question, or if you just want to browse articles and interactive features about physics
John Dalziel's insight:

Have a question about physics or simply interested in the subject?
Check out physics.org for...
   -  facts,
   -  experiments,
   -  games and
   -  revision advice.
One for learners I feel.

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earth

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An animated map of global wind and weather. Visit the community at https://www.facebook.com/EarthWindMap

John Dalziel's insight:

As we are all aware, at any one time, wind currents are flowing around the world, at different temperatures and speeds.
This Animated Map, Earth, enables users to...
   - spin the globe with their mouse
   - zoom in and out with the scroll wheel and
   - see where the wind currents are, and which ones are the strongest.
Open the full menu by clicking on the word "earth" at the bottom left of the screen; this, among other things, will allow users to view the wind, as it was earlier and/or will end up next!

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As we are all aware, at any one time, wind currents are flowing around the world, at different temperatures and speeds.
This Animated Map, Earth, enables users to...
   - spin the globe with their mouse
   - zoom in and out with the scroll wheel and
   - see where the wind currents are, and which ones are the strongest.
Open the full menu by clicking on the word "earth" at the bottom left of the screen; this, among other things, will allow users to view the wind, as it was earlier and/or will end up next!

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Animagraffs - Animated infographics by Jacob O'Neal

Animagraffs - Animated infographics by Jacob O'Neal | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

Have you searched websites for resources, to show learners how something works?
Are you looking for resources that allows users to dismantle something just to look inside and see all the moving parts?
If so, you will like Animagraffs.
It's a website that shows visitors how something works, by going inside the object.
It includes how a car engine works, and Inside a Jet Engine.

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Eskeletons

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John Dalziel's insight:

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
John Dalziel's insight:

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.

John Dalziel's insight:

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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This looks to be a fantastic resource for chemistry teachers. It has ideas for experiments and tools for calculation converters as well as teaching and tutoring help links. I believe this would help the teacher create more time to plan as because it seems to contain quite thorough and detailed information there is the potential that the teach would not have to look any further.

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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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