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Live Science - Bring Science Courses to life

For anyone who ever wondered 'why', Live Science makes every day a little more interesting by illuminating the amazing world around us
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Live Science launched in 2004, offers a fascinating window into the natural and technological world, delivering comprehensive and compelling news and analysis on everything from dinosaur discoveries, archaeological finds and amazing animals to health, innovation and wearable technology. 
A STEM/STEAM Portal where Educational Practitioners and Learners can access tons of interactive activities, video tutorials, guides, lesson plans, and news articles covering the latest in the world of science. 
Well worth a look.
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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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'FMath Editor' Docs add-on - build equations and insert the resulting image(s) into documents

'FMath Editor' Docs add-on - build equations and insert the resulting image(s) into documents | technologies |
Professional 'Math Editor' used to insert equations into documents.
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FMath Editor is a professional 'Mathematics Editor' used to build equations and insert the resulting image(s) into documents. Users can easily add... 
► variables, 
► constants, 
► operators, 
► fractions, 
► exponents, 
► logarithms, 
► limits, 
► integrals, 
► derivatives and 
► matrix. 
Also the Editor has a built in Wizard to build complex equation. 
One for STEM Practitioners and/or Learners. 
Oh yes - it is also FREE!
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Online graph sketching app that can graph functions and numerically solve differential equations. Requires Javascript HTML 5.
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● is easy and fast to use, 
● runs straight from within the browser using the new HTML5 features, 
● can still save all the graphs, and it still works when you're not even connected to the net! 
1: Visit 
2: Click the "+" button to add a new function 
3: Type the equation using 
    * for multiplication, 
    / for division and  
    ^ for exponentiation. 
NOTE: To type special characters use "\name". 
For example, \sqrt" yields √ and 
\pi produces a π.
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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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SymbolWorld | technologies |
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SymbolWorld is a website created by Widgit Software specifically for symbol users.

It has material for all ages and includes...

   - news,

   - personal contributions,

   - stories and

   - learning materials.
SymbolWorld is designed to be easy to navigate, with the option to personalise the layout and colours to suit any reader’s needs.

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CK-12 Foundation

CK-12 Foundation | technologies |
CK-12 Foundation provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to history
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CK-12 is a great platform that provides high quality curated STEM content for both practitioners and learners.
Its library has over 5000 math and science materials ideal to use in learning environments.
CK-12 has now launched a new wonderful resource for physics practitioners.
"Physics Interactive Simulations" features a plethora of free online simulations to help learners understand different physics concepts.
NOTE: This service is still in beta but there are already more than 60 simulations embedded there.
Practitioners should browse through the different collections and see what you can pick up for their Learners.

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Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps

Smarty Pins: Trivia & Google Maps | technologies |
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.
John Dalziel's insight:

Google has released this new game called Smarty Pins which uses Google Maps for its layout.
It's a game that tests players geography and trivia skills. It could be ideal for use with learners.
Players in Smarty Pins are asked a wide variety of geography-based questions to which they have to provide answers by dragging and dropping a pin in Maps. 
Scores are converted into miles and players are given 1000 miles at the start of the play .
With each incorrect answer a number of miles are subtracted from the players' score.
The trick is to answer questions as quickly as possible before the number of miles reaches zero.
First select a category. The categories available are...
   - Arts and Culture,
   - Science and Geography,
   - Sports and Games,
   - Entertainment,
   - History and Current Event.
Players will then be provided with a question.
If they find the question too hard to answer they can get help by using the "take a hint" button.
To answer the question players need to drop the pin on the correct location.
The final score you reach can be shared with others using social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Eskeletons | technologies |
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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
   - 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.
   - 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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TEACHunicef: Explore Topics

TEACHunicef: Explore Topics | technologies |
Topic landing page.
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TeachUNICEF is an outreach project from UNICEF. The goal of the site is to provide lesson plans and other resources to help practitioners teach about wide variety of global issues.
A series of articles accompanies each lesson plan and suggested grade level is listed with each article.
Practitioners can download a lesson plan in its entirety or pick and choose specific parts of a lesson plan to download.
Most of the lesson plans found on TeachUNICEF include...
   - pictures,
   - videos, and
   - audio recordings.
The "explore" section of TeachUNICEF showcases materials for teaching about global issues with connections to...
   - Social Studies,
   - Science,
   - Maths,
   - English/language arts,
   - Foreign/world languages.

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Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information | technologies |
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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World Science U

World Science U | technologies |
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WorldScienceU – provides...


a large number of short video answers to a wide range of questions from “What is a Higgs Particle?” to “What happens to time near a black hole?”Short Courses, aimed at a broad spectrum of lifelong learners, typically requiring two or three weeks to complete.
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Nature Soundmap

Nature Soundmap | technologies |
Hear the world like never before. Nature soundscapes and wildlife sounds from all over the planet.
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Nature Sound Map provides an excellent way to explore the soundscape of the natural world.
On the Nature Sound Map practitioners and their learners will find placemarks containing recordings of nature.
The recordings have been added to the project by professional sound recordists.
Some of the recordings, that users will find, feature the sounds of...
just one animal, the sounds of a jungle, sounds of a marsh, sounds of a storm, or sounds of oceans and rivers.
For some there are video clips available as well.

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ExploreLearning Gizmos: Math and Science Simulations That Power Inquiry and Understanding

Hundreds of online simulations with lesson materials, supporting research-based strategies to build deep conceptual understanding in math and science.
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ExploreLearning's Gizmos provides over 400 STEM on-line simulations that power inquiry and understanding. 
It has a free Gizmos account, available for science and math educators, with a curated collection of Gizmos that change every January/July. 
Each Gizmo comes with practitioner guides and customisable lesson materials to help practitioners and learners delve deeper into the resources. 
Some of the major features of Gizmos include... 
  - interactive design which allows for extensive manipulation of variables and ‘what-if’ experimentation; 
  - visualisations and graphing tools help capture and compare results from experiments; 
  - in-depth activities creating moments to explore, discover and apply new concepts. 
To learn more about Gizmos, watch the "Introduction to Gizmos" video on the home page. 
Must be a "Should Look" for all STEM Practitioners!
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TinyTap - Play & Create Interactive Lessons

TinyTap - Play & Create Interactive Lessons | technologies |
TinyTap is a social platform which empowers families, teachers and students to learn from each other by creating their own personalized interactive lessons and games and playing thousands of new ones shared daily by a worldwide community of educators and learners worldwide.
Together we are building the world's largest marketplace for educational games - a community that celebrates creativity and knowledge!
Free on the Web the App Store and on Google Play Android.
John Dalziel's insight:
TinyTap is an excellent educational platform practitioners can use with their learners for a wide array of learning purposes. 
TinyTap features a huge library of interactive activities and educational content created by education practitioners to help learners in areas such as... 
  - maths, 
  - science, 
  - English, 
  - music 
 ...and many more. 
Learners will get to explore a variety of educational games handmade by practitioners or , in case they didn't find what they are looking for, design their own educational games from scratch and without the need for any coding knowledge. 
TinyTap provides a number of powerful tools to help users create engaging content. These include: 
  - Questions, 
  - Puzzles, 
  - Videos, 
  - Voice Input, 
  - Text Input, 
  - Soundboard 
...and more.
Practitioners can use TinyTap to ‘create fun educational activities for any purpose and engage their learners in something new. Educators around the world are creating valuable learning activities based on the school curriculum. 
Special needs practitioners can also utilise this platform to ‘come up with new ways to help those in need and personalise activities to fit each person individually. 
TinyTap includes a features called Insights that allows practitioners to track the progress of their learners. 
TinyTap can be played on-line at and is also available on... 
Watch the video at to learn more.
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Digital Explorer - real science and exploration live in the learning environment

Digital Explorer - real science and exploration live in the learning environment | technologies |
Engaging young people in global issues for a better future. Our projects provide inspirational lessons and resources direct from the world to your classroom.
John Dalziel's insight:
Digital Explorer brings real science and exploration live to the learning environment through: 
♥ robust and engaging curriculum-based resources, for use inside and outside the learning environments; 
♥ inspiring and spirited youth expeditions, which are curriculum-linked and facilitate peer-to-peer learning; 
♥ linking expeditions in the field live with learning environments;
♥ in-field education support for research, scientific and exploratory expeditions; 
♥ face-to-face visits with explorers and scientists, talks and engagement days; 
♥ practical training sessions for teachers and educators led by leaders in appropriate fields. 
Digital Explorer's unique projects provides practitioners with inspirational lessons and resources direct from the world to their learning environments. 
Resources can be filtered by... 
♥ Subject - currently 11 subjects to choose from and/or Age - 07-11, 11-14, 16-16 16+ and/or 
♥ Format - e.g. Experiments, Google Earth Files, Lesson booklets, Slideshows, Student Sheets, Subject Updates and Teacher manuals; and/or 
Well worth a closer look!
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Science360 on the App Store

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Science360. Download Science360 and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Science360 for iPad provides easy access to engaging science and engineering images and video from around the globe and a news feed featuring breaking news from NSF-funded institutions. Content is either produced by NSF or gathered from... 
► scientists, 
► colleges
► universities, and 
► NSF science and engineering centres.
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Engage - Engaging Science

Engage - Engaging Science | technologies |
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ENGAGE is part of the EU Science in society agenda to promote more Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI)
ENGAGE focuses on a more inquiry-based methodology,
which gives learners opportunity for self-expression and responsibility for coming to informed decisions.
ENGAGE builds on a range of:
     ► research-informed pedagogies
     ► guided inquiry
     ► explicit skills teaching

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GPlates Web Portal

GPlates Web Portal | technologies |
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A super-detailed map of the ocean floor’s topography based on satellite measurements of subtle lumps on the ocean’s surface. These lumps of water, which are subtle, low, and wide on the ocean’s surface, are caused by the gravitational pull of underwater features like mountains and ridges. The team of scientists have wrapped their data around a Google Earth globe, so practitioners, and/or learners, can explore it themselves.

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Woodlands Maths Zone - Fun interactive maths games

Woodlands Maths Zone - Fun interactive maths games | technologies |
Free interactive Maths games and puzzles. A fun way to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry. Learning without knowing it!
John Dalziel's insight:

Family Learning Practitioners, that are looking for some good mathematics games to add to their lists of resources, would do well to check out the links on the Woodlands Resources site.
The games offer fun practice activities for learners.
The games are organized according to skill sets.

The categories are...
   - measuring skills,
   - number skills,
   - shape and space skills, and
   - data skills.

Many of the games are also appropriate for use on interactive whiteboards and touch-screen computers.
Science and Literacy too...
In addition to the mathematics games Woodlands Resources includes sections for science and literacy games.
Note: The literacy section features games that use British English so teachers of American learners may not find them all that useful.

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Engage: Engaging Science

Engage: Engaging Science | technologies |
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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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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 |
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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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CanvasMol | technologies |

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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Aspire to Inspire

Aspire to Inspire | technologies |
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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 |
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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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