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College Open Textbooks - digital textbooks covering various subject areas

College Open Textbooks - digital textbooks covering various subject areas | technologies |
CollegeOpenTextbooks provides a comprehensive listing of English language open and/or affordable textbooks suitable for advanced high school, two-year college and lower division four-year college textbooks.
John Dalziel's insight:
College Open textbooks embeds a wide variety of digital textbooks covering various subject areas. 
These include... 
  - Anthropology and Archeology, 
  - Biology & Genetics, 
  - Business, 
  - Chemistry, 
  - Computer Science, 
  - Economics, 
  - Education, 
  - Engineering & Electronics, 
  - English & Composition, 
  - Fine Arts, 
  - Health & Nursing, 
  - History, 
  - Languages and Communications, 
  - Law, 
  - Literature, 
  - Mathematics, 
  - Philosophy, 
  - Physics, 
  - Political Science, 
  - Psychology, 
  - Science, 
  - Sociology and 
  - Statistics & Probability 
Most of these digital textbooks are under Creative Commons (CC) open licenses or GNU-Free Document License. 
Others are U.S. government documents in the public domain (PD). 
Many of the other digital textbooks are free to view on-line but are NOT OPEN for reuse and customisation. 
Must be worth "Checking them out!"
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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.
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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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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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Planet Nutshell - Education Library

Planet Nutshell - Education Library | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Explore Planet Nutshell's Teacher Library for Educational Videos
Planet Nutshell have produced videos on...
   - Internet Safety,

   - Financial Aid,

   - Climate Science,

   - Health,

   - Mathematics, and

   - Physics.
NOTE: Target Audience is USA so Financial Aid uses US Dollars not £s
All of the education videos are available in one section of the site labelled Teacher Library.

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Institute of Physics (IOP) Education

Institute of Physics (IOP) Education | technologies |
Institute of Physics: Education
John Dalziel's insight:

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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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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Smart Kit: 'School-Safe' Games & Puzzles

Smart Kit: 'School-Safe' Games & Puzzles | technologies |
Clever games & puzzles to stretch your mind and tease your brain. Teachers, parents and kids will all enjoy the free online games that are school-safe.
John Dalziel's insight:

Smart Kit offers...
- a large collection of games, puzzles, and riddles for learners of all ages.
- a selection of games and puzzles that can be printed for offline use (ideal for those learners who have limited access to computers in their learning environments).
- fifteen categories of games.
The categories of most interest to educators are probably the...
- math puzzles,
- physics games, and
- word puzzles.

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DIY | technologies | is a website aimed at kids but, where educators can find dozens of DIY projects that their learners can do on their own or with their peers. provides videos and instructions on how to do the projects.

After going through the directions learners can then try to complete the project(s).

Practitioners can take the role of parents, having their own dashboards that they can use to track the activities of their learners. Learners registered on will have aliases and cartoon avatar pictures. is a source of project ideas for practitioners and their Learners to work on together.


Through the project challenges, students can learn about a range of subjects including...
- biology,
- computer science,

- electricity,

- geography,
- music,
- physics,
...and more.

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Obscure physics words get sign language equivalents

Obscure physics words get sign language equivalents | technologies |

A lot of technical, scientific terms haven't made their way into official sign language vocabulary. At the same time, these words are often far too long to bother fingerspelling.


That's why the Scottish Sensory Centre has taken the time to standardize translations of 119 words from the world of physics into British Sign Language.


The the new signs will make it easier for Deaf students to understand what they're learning in science class, and make physics more open to them as a career choice.


Milky Way and vacuum are among the terms that now exist in British Sign Language, removing a hurdle for deaf would-be scientists...

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Physics Games - online physics-based games

A collection of physics-based games that can be played online and embedded into a course VLE, blog or website.


The games are based on simple physics concepts and although they target secondary or middle school learners, remember it isn't the games it is how they are used that enhances teaching & learning.


Can learners explain the science concepts, discuss the strategies they employ, etc.


The one downfall of the site is that before each game starts there is a short commercial. However I've not seen any advertising that would be unacceptable in a learning environment.

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Snapshot Science - topical science teaching resources

Snapshot Science - topical science teaching resources | technologies |
Stuck for a topical lesson idea, engaging starter or relevant video clip? Snapshot Science offers stimulating ideas and free teaching resources for science lessons.


The resources are clearly organised into...

- Physics

- Biology

- Chemistry

- Science skills sections


There is also a free monthly newsletter for KS2/3 learners about science news stories that are free to download and can be used for homework and/or class activity, revision or extension tasks.


Worth a closer look at this valuable resource for Science practitioners.

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Mathematical equations

Mathematical equations | technologies |

Looking to provide learners with options for doing math work in a word processor?


Google Docs has a built in equation editor.

The Equation Editor in Google Docs means that anyone, with a computer that can go online, is able to do their maths/science work in a word processor.

The built in equation editor is easy to use, and offers a convenient way of inserting mathematical notation and maths symbols into a document.

In a Google document, the equation editor is accessed by Clicking on the Insert menu in a document and then selecting Equation.

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Engineering Interact - Interactive science & engineering for 9-11 year olds

Engineering Interact - Interactive science & engineering for 9-11 year olds | technologies |

Engineering Interact is a site for younger learners designed by the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.


Engineering Interact offers five games designed to teach students physics concepts. The games address concepts related to light, sound, motion, electricity, and space travel. Each of the five games presents students with a scenario in which they have to "help" someone solve a problem.


The games require learners to learn and analyze the information presented to them.

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

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123D Circuits

123D Circuits | technologies |
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123D Circuits is a free tool from Autodesk for collaboratively designing electronic circuits online.
On 123D Circuits users can design their circuits and test them on the simulator in their browser.
They can create circuits from scratch or use and modify templates and other publicly shared projects.
NOTE: All projects are public unless users pay a subscription fee to make their projects private.

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Explain 3D: Interactive educational simulations

Explain 3D: Interactive educational simulations | technologies |
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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Science: Safely Experiment with Electrical Circuits on 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, will tell them if the circuits will work or not.

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The Physics Classroom

The Physics Classroom is an online interactive tutorial of basic physics concepts. The lessons use an easy-to-understand language to present common physics principles discussed in physics courses.


The Physics Classroom provides access to...

- physics tutorials,

- Mind on Physics Internet Modules (1300+ questions designed to improve understanding of common physics topics),

- problem sets for practice,

- multimedia,

- animations (ideal for using on an interactive whiteboard or projector-connected PC)

- activity sheets,

- curriculum corner (pdf downloads),

- labs,

- photos, and more.


I suggest practitioners spend time exploring this site before recommending it to learners so they can help them navigate it.


There is a danger, because it is so information heavy, the Phusics Classroom could be a turn-off for learners who are just dropping in looking for something specific.

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CircuitLab - online schematic editor & circuit simulator

CircuitLab - online schematic editor & circuit simulator | technologies |

Sketch, simulate, and share circuits, entirely in your browser -- no install required.


CircuitLab enables practitioners and learners to sketch out circuit designs rapidly, cleanly, and on the web or an iPad.


CircuitLab, a free tool, includes...

- an easy drag-and-drop interface,

- circuit analysis,

- easy printing, and more.


Take a look at the video to see the creators of CircuitLab creating a simple circuit to showcase the application.

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Learners TV

Many learners have access to books and notes but prefer watching online video lectures about the topics they are preparing for. A source for such lectures is a website called LearnersTV.


LearnersTV provides Free video lectures, Free Animations, Free Lecture Notes, Free Online Tests.


Subjects include biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, medicine, dentistry, engineering, accounting, and management.

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Free Science Films | Twig Science

Free Science Films | Twig Science | technologies |
Outstanding science films for the classroom and the curriculum- all for free.


Twig has over 1000 short films that practitioners can use in their 'classrooms'.


Videos are easily found using the search box or the interactive topic mind maps.


The films all include clear explanations to support learning in different areas of Science.


There are a number of free films that users can access on the site and many more are available via subscription.

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Exploriments | technologies |

Exploriments are simulation-based interactive learning resources for enhancing understanding in Chemistry, Physics and Maths in an experiential manner. They can be used by both learners and practitioners.


Exploriments provide a highly interactive, exploratory, and engaging experience.


Some activities are available for free – the rest available on subscription. Users need to register with the site to access the free resources– one or two free resources per section.


Each resource has instructions on how to use it, as well as comprehensive text which describes the theory behind the simulation and any necessary formulae.


Note: Resources need Shockwave to work. 


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