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skoool.co.uk :: Key Stage 3

skoool.co.uk :: Key Stage 3 | Science | Scoop.it
skoool.co.uk aims to provide learners and teachers with an innovative and exciting solution to support the learning, teaching and understanding of identified areas of difficulty in Science and Maths.
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This is a great resource with voice technology and subscripts. It is simple to deliver and uses great everyday examples for students to relate to and retain.

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amanda bennett density lesson - YouTube

amanda bennett density lesson - YouTube | Science | Scoop.it
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When I had to teach density to year 7 on my practicum, I looked far and wide for a way to deliver the content on density so that the concept is understood by my students as well as it being engaging. I found this series on density lessons by Amanda Bennett to be exceptionally engaging and easy to understand. I was ecstatic with the impact this teaching material/strategy had on my students. By stopping the video at various parts and initiating class questioning and discussion, the concept was driven home successfully. Practicals obviously concreted the theory learnt in the class.

The reason why I find this resource to be beneficial to teach the density aspect of the curriculum is because the objective for each of the two part lesson serious is presented clearly at the beginning. Students work well when the are given a direction and sequence of what is to follow. They are given a focus for the next two lessons and their learning is scaffolded successfully because the sequence for this topic builds up one step at a time (just ensure the previous step is totally understood by the students by class questioning and discussion - where misconceptions are cleared up and work sheets provided prior and during practical work).

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Learn about electricity and electrical safety | Two Thirty Volts

Learn about electricity and electrical safety | Two Thirty Volts | Science | Scoop.it
Electricity and electrical safety resources for secondary school children (11 - 17 year olds) and teachers. Includes electricity revision notes and quizzes, careers advice and an electricity timeline.
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twothirtyvolts is a resource which includes a variety of student worksheets, teacher lesson plans, quizz questions (with answers) and revision notes for students. This resource covers all aspects of the syllabus that deals with and delves into electricity, electrical circuits from year 7 right through to year 12 (and beyond).

I would use it because of its' simplicity, being straight forward and most importantly it's student-friendly.

This resource would also provide fanrastic revision notes and self-assessment questions for students preparing for examinations on the electricity topic.

The rsource delves deeper into project-type information such as sources of electricity, transmission of electricity, electromagnetism, history and development of electricity, etc. This could be used by teachers to stretch the topic to include Problem-based learning and scaffolded to a project where students can communicate their findings to the rest of the class or school. This is a skill acquisition (working scientifically) that can be incorporated into their topic on electricity.

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BGfL - Whiteboards - Secondary Science

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Whiteboard - Secondary Science
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Great interactive activities that students can do using ICT in the classroom working in pairs to stimulate discussion focus points

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CSIP Student Inquiry Projects - Science Lesson Plans and Curriculum Resources

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Cornell Science Inquiry Partnerships is curriculum resources for inquiry-based learning where graduate student fellows collaborate with teachers to update science content and enhance inquiry learning in K-12 classrooms. This resource brings a different perspective to ideas and concepts when searching for lesson plans and project ideas for the classroom.

The following quote from one of the fellow scientists developing such programs summs up the teaching injected into classrooms from these resources "My experience this year has really taught me that students need to be reminded or taught about how to do science and how science is done. I will definitely include this major issue in the design of my courses even for undergraduate students, and continue to think about ways to teach these important concepts."

The projects provide detailed and explicit steps for topics in two ways; For the teacher including guided objectives for learning and background for the education standards, and for the student version including background information on the content and vocabulary relevant to the topic.

I have found that the material these resources contain can be used as supplementary to what I already have gathered or can be used as part of a program for a particular topic in science. The project ideas are really very good.

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The Physics Classroom

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The physics classroom is an easy to understand and use resource that teachers can refer to when they are unfamiliar with a topic they need to teach. This is also a fantastic resource for preservice teachers looking to engage their students in various physics topics. The resource contains PBS Learning Media for teacher guide to help support student learning with visuals. This in turn scaffolds student understanding of the physics topic especially topics on forces and motion which can be difficult for students to comprehend and difficult for teachers to  explain the concept.

The resource contains review questions (with links for maximum topic understanding) for students to self-assess and study for examinations etc. It also has a section on teacher tools containing information on curriculum requirements, science reasonong center and laboratory area for experiment ideas and set up (including safety requirements).

For the student, this resources has a section called minds on physics internet module which utilizes questions to help their understandings of physics concepts. There are interactive exercises to help them engage in higher order thinking to refelct and learn. These exercises can also be used by teachers to set assignments and questions.

This is a fantastic resource for both the teacher and students to refer to during the course of learning to support understanding of difficult concepts and to utilise the review questions for revision and understanding.

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Teaching controversial and social issues in science / biology: BEEP BioEthics Education Project

Teaching controversial and social issues in science / biology: BEEP BioEthics Education Project | Science | Scoop.it
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I have found this to be a great site for stimulus material that can be used in the classroom for topics which require teaching strategies such as debating, voting panels and open discussions.

It covers topics such as embryonic stem cell research/therapies and cloning. It can generate great discussion material on bioethical issues and political issues concerned in this area.

It also contains materials for the teacher to utilise in the classroom such as how to generate debating questions and how to successfully reach conclusions with the arguments in question.

Great tool to utilise as supplementary material.

BEEP supports students in learning to discuss these issues and teachers in planning lessons on them. BEEP is also a research project which aims to investigate whether online discussion can be used successfully to support school science teachers.

Students can find information on a wide range of bioethical issues, activities and challenges. Online discussions can help them with practising arguments.

Teachers can find teaching resources matched to syllabi requirements.

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