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Science Dictionary - Biology, Physics, & More - One for STEM/STEAM Educators and Learners

Science Dictionary - Biology, Physics, & More - One for STEM/STEAM Educators and Learners | technologies |
Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Science Dictionary - Biology, Physics, & More. Download Science Dictionary - Biology, Physics, & More and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Science Dictionary, as its name suggests, provides definitions of more than 1,000,000 scientific terms across different scientific fields including biology, physics, chemistry, geology, oceanography, astronomy, environmental science and many more. 
Science Dictionary also provides visual illustrations in the forms of diagrams and images. 
Some of the scientific terms come with audio pronunciation in both American and British accents so students can learn how to say them. 
Other features provided by Science Dictionary include...
  - the ability to bookmark and save unlimited pages so users can easily access them later on,
  - the use of native voice search to audio search terms,
  - viewing search suggestions as users type in their queries,
  - users seeing their recent searches,
  - access to advanced settings to refine searches and
  - being able to share definitions with others through social media platforms , email or text. 
Science Dictionary is worth a closer look!
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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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Royal Society of Chemistry | Advancing excellence in the chemical sciences

Royal Society of Chemistry | Advancing excellence in the chemical sciences | technologies |
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.

Alfio Gangemi's curator insight, April 29, 2015 9:42 PM

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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Freerice is owned by and supports the World Food Programme.

For every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme.

Users can answer questions in several categories. Learners can sign up (under 14s need parents permission) or login easily with their Facebook account to track their totals and join and create groups.

Practitioners can now register a class.

Ideal for revision, Functional English/Maths and more.

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ChemReference: Periodic Table and Chemistry Reference

Powerful and complete periodic table and chemistry resource for the fastest chemistry work-flow.
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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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The Periodic Table of Videos - University of Nottingham

The Periodic Table of Videos - University of Nottingham | technologies |
Short videos about every element on the periodic table, plus other cool experiments and chemistry stuff...


Science practitioners will want to bookmark this as soon as possible.


The University of Nottingham has created ‘The Periodic Table of Videos‘ and it’s just what the title would imply. 118 videos that explain each element.


Video journalist Brady Haran and working chemists from the University of Nottingham assembled these videos and they claim they’re going to start improving and beefing up each video with new stories, better samples, and bigger experiments.


They also have a new video series, dubbed ‘The Molecular Videos’ which is a showcase of their favorite molecults and compounds.

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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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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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BPES: BP Educational Service

BPES: BP Educational Service | technologies |

Bring real-world science into your classroom!


The BP Educational Service (BPES) provides free curriculum-linked teaching resources for primary and secondary schools and colleges.


A useful resource, that’s well worth a look if you are looking for resources to teach chemistry or How Science Works.


Registration with the BP site is needed to access the resources, but registration is free.

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DnaTube is a non-profit video site which is aiming to be a visual scientific resource for its visitors making scientific concepts easily understandable.The DNAtube website is for watching and sharing videos about topics in science.

DNAtube currently has 43 categories including biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science clips; they are a mix of animated, narrated demonstrations and lecture videos.

DNAtube can be searched using keywords or by browsing the categories to find videos; they can be embedded into a blog, VLE, website etc., and if you register on the site you can also download videos.
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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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CanvasMol | technologies |

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

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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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ChemCollective | technologies |
Online Resources for Teaching and Learning Chemistry
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Chem Collective is a project designed and maintained by Carnegie Mellon University's chemistry department and the National Science Digital Library.
On Chem Collective users will find...
- virtual labs for chemistry experiments,
- simulations,
- visualizations,
- tutorials, and
- auto-graded problems.
Learners and practitioners can search the site by resource type or by chemistry topic.
Chem Collective also offers practitioners the option to create their own Chem Collective pages containing resources and activities that they have selected from the Chem Collective library for their learners.

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Gooru | technologies |

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.

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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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Chemcraft:Periodic Table

Learners will already know just how involved chemistry can be. Protons, neutrons, electrons, electron shells, covalent bonds – the list goes on and on.


Chemcraft:Periodic Table is a periodic table app worth a closer look. It contains over 30 details about each known element and it's designed with learners in mind.

Features such as...
- graphical representation of important proprieties,
- a web browser linked to Wikipedia for more information,
- a built-in calculator and
- a "how-to" guide to help in any situation.


The elements can be arranged...
- alphabetically,
- by atomic number or
- by element category
...helping the user better remember the details.

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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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The Faculties

The Faculties | technologies |

The Faculties are a new, free educational resource especially for those A-level students thinking about applying to University.


The website provides short films of university lecturers speaking on topics drawn from the A-level curriculum in Maths, English, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry and History. There are currently over 300 podcasts on the site, with more to follow.


The aim of The Faculties website is to encourage deeper learning, stretch and inspire learners and help them make a successful transition to university.


On 'The Faculties', the recordings are specially designed for the A-level classroom. All the topics have been provided by the major exam boards and by teachers and so consequently, they are more directly relevant to the A-level curriculum.


Videos are hosted directly on the site, and not pulled in from YouTube which should avoid filtering issues in some learning environments.


Videos can be downloaded, but only on request.


Videos can still be embedded into VLE’s etc, and linked to directly.

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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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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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