There is an almost endless world of incredible opportunities waiting to be discovered when it comes to Science and learning. So many brilliant minds have spent countless hours bringing Science concepts to life to inspire and excite young minds. I’ve taken some of these brilliant resources to share with you in the lists below but could go on for days and weeks with many more of these – hence the need for Episode 1 hopefully of many more!
As you set out to explore Science digital tools and resources, have a look at Siyavula resources. I was part of creating the Life Science series and can vouch for the rigour with which these resources were created.
The Scientific Process
Reading scientific text can be challenging for many. Try using Hypothes.is: it’s a web annotation tool that allows your learners to collaboratively annotate any online text and you see where they are working.
To get the same effect you can share a text in Google Docs as can comment and they use the comment feature.
The scientific process starts with asking scientific questions. The Next Generation Science Storylines provide wonderful stories to engage learners in every aspect of the scientific process and to act as lesson starters or end-of-lesson conclusions, or whatever you want it to be. You can also break down investigation in other ways like in this Cartoon Guide to System Dynamics. I also absolutely love Mystery Science’s Open and Go Lessons for teaching every aspect of the scientific process.
Working with Data
You can also use Google Forms for real-time data collection and if you have a Google Hangout, Zoom or Skype lesson being presented, you can show your learners the results page and how it changes as they add their data. Counting toilet rolls and bottles of hand sanitizers could be a fun starting point!
If you want learners to work with actual data, consider using Data Nuggets – a truly magnificent site! Then there’s this world-wide challenge asking volunteers to get involved in unlocking historic data sets. Just watch the video below to find out more.
The resources for educators and students on the American Chemical Society are phenomenal. Then there’s the Molecules App that you can use on all devices to learn about chemistry – absolutely treasures!
OnePagers are great to get learners to summarize everything they learnt about a topic on one page. They can use paper or create an infographic (see the links above for tools to create these). Here are tips and ideas about One Pagers.
If you’re looking for a great collection of lesson ideas, Liz Belasic’s Middle School Science Blog and particularly her Life Science section is great! She also posts daily lesson plans on all things science!
Earth & Beyond
Was this useful? I really hope so!
In the next blog I’ll look more closely at Life Sciences, Earth and Beyond and finish a few related topics that didn’t get space in this blog.
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