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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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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.
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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
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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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Anatomy Arcade

Anatomy Arcade | technologies | Scoop.it
Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome games, interactives and videos.
John Dalziel's insight:

If you want to make learning anatomy a little more fun, try Anatomy Arcade. This game collection is made to teach learners about the human body.

They can look for games by body system or game type.

Learners love the jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and matching games.
Go on try it out, you know you want to...

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Gooru

Gooru | technologies | Scoop.it

Gooru is an online service that aims to provide learners and practitioners with an extensive collection of videos, interactive displays, documents, diagrams, and quizzes for learning about topics in math, social studies, and science.

John Dalziel's insight:

As Gooru members users have access to hundreds of resources according to subject areas such as chemistry, biology, ecology, algebra, calculus, and more.

Within each subject area they can look for resources according to media type such as video, interactive display, slides, text, and lesson plans.

Useful resources can be draged to their account's resources folder.

An extra plus from Gooru is the option to add resources to folders even if users don't find them within Gooru.

Oh yes, there's an iPad app too. 

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Science: Safely Experiment with Electrical Circuits on Circuits.io

Circuits.io is a free website on which learners can design and test electrical circuits.

 

They can design their circuits using the virtual version of components that they could purchase and place on a circuit board.

 

As users design their circuits, Circuits.io will tell them if the circuits will work or not.

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Metric Conversion

Metric Conversion | technologies | Scoop.it

Metric Conversion calculators, tables and formulas for temperature, length, area, volume and weight metric conversions.

 

Ideal for Functional Maths, STEM subjects and more.

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The History of Digital Storage [Infographic]

The History of Digital Storage [Infographic] | technologies | Scoop.it
From punch cards to hard drives to cloud based storage, how we stash our data away has changed quite a bit in the last century.

 

An ideal resource for Functional ICT and/or ICT

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Google Search Interface Now Sports Scientific Calculator

Google Search Interface Now Sports Scientific Calculator | technologies | Scoop.it
Although you’ve long been able to punch simple calculations into Google–like 12*100–now you can access a full scientific calculator right from the search interface.

 

Just...

- Open Google Search

- Type calculator

- press enter key

 

The new calculator appears automatically.

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Tomorrow's Engineers 4th-8th November 2013

Tomorrow's Engineers 4th-8th November 2013 | technologies | Scoop.it
John Dalziel's insight:

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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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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A free revision site that may help with particular topics.

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Formula Sheet

Formula Sheet | technologies | Scoop.it
Search for formulas and instantly copy them to LaTeX or MS Word 2007+. Create and render formulas. Upload formulas and store them all in one place. Create and share lists and sheets full of formulas.
John Dalziel's insight:

STEM Practitioners and/or Learners, business owners and others often need formulae for their work, study or personal needs.
FormulaSheet is a web-based service designed to help facilitate working with and remembering formulas. Registration is free and once complete provides users with their own virtual folder for their formulae.
Learners and scientists working on their own projects will appreciate the LaTeX interface for creating a formula which provides quick access to a number of often used characters and symbols.
FormulaSheet is a very specialised tool aimed at a specific group of individuals that’s free to use.

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, May 22, 2013 2:55 AM

Un excellent complément à la nouvelle intégration du code TeX dans les éditeurs de la plateforme eCampus !

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Scitable | Learn Science at Nature

Scitable | Learn Science at Nature | technologies | Scoop.it
From the publisher of Nature and Scientific American, Principles of Science is a series of textbooks designed for the world we live in today.
John Dalziel's insight:

Scitable, created by NatureEducation, is an online collaborative space for science learning.

Visitors to the site can...
- browse or search through science articles and ebooks,
- ask experts science-related questions,
- build an online learning environment, or
- share their own content.
Materials on the site are focused on the life sciences, but there are also numerous resources that can help learners start or accelerate a learning journey in science.

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ChemReference: Periodic Table and Chemistry Reference

Powerful and complete periodic table and chemistry resource for the fastest chemistry work-flow.
John Dalziel's insight:

The periodic table of elements holds a wealth of information which is important for chemists.

To get access to the information quickly, ChemReference is a web-based tool worth a closer look.

Here all important chemistry information is just a click away.

ChemReference provides a colorised periodic table.

It is here users can navigate and look up information on the different elements. Simply click on the symbol, and all the information required is on the right side of the screen.

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Symbolab

Symbolab | technologies | Scoop.it

Symbolab: Search the web for scientific content using text, scientific and mathematical symbols.

 

Symbolab is...
- a search engine designed for STEM Practitioners and Learners.
- a semantic search engine which means that rather than just searching the text of your query Symabolab attempts to interpret and search for the meaning of your query.

 

What does this mean?
Type in an equation
Get results as...
- links and
- graphs when appropriate.

 

Search results can be sorted to find explanations of how to solve an equation, what an equation is used for, as well as videos and examples of an equation in use.

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AlgebraLAB

Algebra Lab visually speaking, isn't much to look at but, the resources are worth a closer look.


Algebra Lab is another resource for maths (and non-maths) practitioners.

 

Algebra Lab includes...
- lessons,
- activities,
- practice pages (online),
- study aids,
- a glossary, and
- word problems

...all helping learners understand the connections of how algebra is used in a practical sense.

 

The site is ideal for learners to explore on their own or with guidance from a practitioner.

 

Learners can directly access the site, and/or practitioners can pull ideas out to use within any other teaching they are doing.

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Upverter

Upverter | technologies | Scoop.it

Here is one for engineering/electronics learners looking for applications that let them create electronic circuit diagrams and schematics.

 

Upverter offers users a wide variety of electrical components including opamps, relays, antennas, power supplies, microcontrollers, and a lot more.

 

They can use either generic components or real part models. Each real part model is accompanied by details such as pin labels. 

 

Users can download the schematic files for their project to use with a PCB creation program or simply to get the circuit’s image file in the PNG file format.

 

Upverter offers a free account that lets users have unlimited public projects and up to three private projects.

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