5 Excellent YouTube Channels for Science Videos ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Hey Science teachers! Looking for something to do this summer? Why not check out these youtube science video channels to see if there’s anything that would enhance your lectures?

Here is an example of one of the Periodic videos called the Pythagoras Cup (greedy cup) and what happens when you fill it with mercury (not sure if this would be of any interest in class but it sure is cool. That Pythagoras. Such an egalitarian joker):

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Belated Earth Week Contribution: The World’s Most Amazing Animals in One App | Pages | WWF

WWF Together Now on iPad, Android and Kindle Fire Tablets

Source: www.worldwildlife.org

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I try very hard not to focus on such subject-specific apps as they have such limited value in the classroom, but this is such a beautifully designed app about animals that I couldn’t resist.

Just to give you an idea,I have taken some screenshots:

Here is how they introduce the animals they highlight:

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It is interactive:

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They give a photo essay with facts about the animal:

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Talk about the threats endangering the animal:

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Swipe the arrows and they reveal the threat:

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You can also stay current with the work the WWF is doing around the world:

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As well as a 3D world you can spin and tap on a dot to find out about an animal:

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The adjective that pops up in my mind for this app is…soothing.It is free and really worth a look!

Attention Science Teachers: Here’s How Superheroes Work | Edudemic

This is a fun way to get your students summer-frazzled brains thinking about science again!

Sometimes, the things that will lure students to be interested in a particular subject isn’t found in the material itself, but in related topics that they might not necessarily know are related. Science and math tend to be the subjects that crawl to the top of that list most often. Kids may be fascinated by …

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3 Places To Get Free Full-Text Scientific Studies – Edudemic

Will definitely add these to the research tools and tips component of my Digital Citizenship Kit!

Though many of the articles will be a little too sophisticated for our audience (although I hear from a science teacher that she has a class that she can’t give enough information out to satisfy them, so maybe this will help…) I was just flitting around the first offering PLOS (Public Library of Science) and came upon a section entitled EveryOne which has excellent science articles such as this one (I love when science encourages my wine, chocolate and cheese habit, even if it has to do with yeast…)

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These days, when you’re asking your students to do research (on just about any topic), it is likely going to be online research, at least at the start. Most materials are easily available online these days, saving students the time and hassle of heading to the library to schlep home with 100 heavy books in …

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Répertoire des usages pédagogiques pour iPad – Documentation — RIRE

I found this article below via a tweet yesterday. They have grouped the apps by subject- though many of them we already know, there were a few intriguing apps I had not heard of in every discipline. What makes this list even better is that it is created by Quebecers for Quebecers and with our school curriculum in mind.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Le Réseau d’information pour la réussite éducative (RIRE) diffuse de l’information susceptible de répondre aux besoins des acteurs de la réussite éducative.

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Can iPads help students learn science? Yes.

I saw the article linked below and yesterday and was intrigued by the following quote:

A new study by Smithsonian researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows that  grasp the unimaginable emptiness of space more effectively when they use iPads to explore 3-D simulations of the universe, compared to traditional classroom instruction.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-12-ipads-students-science.html#jCp

I am curious to know if science teachers are using the iPad in this way and if so do you agree? I would also like to know which apps they used to teach the scale of the universe- which are the best? Do you have a favourite?

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The scale of the universe can be difficult to comprehend. Pretend you are going to make a scale model with a basketball representing the Earth and a tennis ball as the Moon. How far would you hold the tennis ball ‘Moon’ from the basketball ‘Earth?

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How To Use Comics In Science Class – Edudemic

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There’s an easier way to really get through to students. It’s time to try out comics in science class if you’re looking for some levity with your gravity lesson.

Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

I love this idea! And with the iPad, the students can make their own comic strip on a science topic so easily! Comic Life, Strip Designer. So many options…

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SUPERMOON: JUNE 23!

I fount out via Edudemic

This is totally unrelated to the iPad but it makes up for it with its FANTABULOUSNESS.

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Image via Edudemic via The Atlantic apparently…

I can’t wait!

SkyView Price: Free

SkyView
Price: Free

Of course, this might be the time to mention another FANTABULOUS app called Skyview. If you have a smart phone or even on your iPad, just point your device to the sky and it will show you what astronomical phenomena is happening there (constellations, moon trajectory, etc). It was actually my husband that introduced this one to me. Since he’s found it it has been really hard to have a conversation with him outside at night. Consider yourself forewarned.

 

Happy sky viewing this summer!

 

Hidden Experts in the School: Mr. H, Math Teacher, Science Teacher and Ed Tech duderino

Mr. H: Hidden expert

Mr. H: Hidden expert

One of the unexpected but amazing outcomes of the iPad survey I’ve been conducting is that I am ferreting out the hidden experts in the school. Okay, in all fairness, my library seems to be the black hole for all rumours and gossip and grapevines (ironic for a place of knowledge, I know. Great on book knowledge, not so great on people knowledge) and I am probably the only one in the school who didn’t know about this, but still. Yay!

Mr. H is an Ed Tech dude! As well as being a teacher, he has had experience in the business world, and worked for LEARN where he could meld his interest in technology and education.

When asked about whether student engagement increases or decreases when he uses tech in his classroom, he brought up a point I had never thought of:

The students respond well if you start using a technology they have never seen before. It has an impact..they have the ability to suck it up so fast. Because button pushing is now in their DNA, when you bring something new to them it excites them.

He also thinks that that integrating technology in education is essential:

You have to put these [iPads, probes, computers] in kids’ hands because that is the environment they are going to work in.

My H. gave me some excellent places to find resources for integrating technology in the classroom. Most work on the iPad:

  • Phet: Interactive simulations (they don’t work so well on the iPad because of the pesky flash thingy- though some of the simulations are in java).
  • Edmodo: He will be giving a tutorial to our teachers soon about how to use it effectively in a classroom, so watch for it!
  • Schooladvice: This is his own website – Mr. H. maintains it as an unpaid, volunteer thing because he believes knowledge should be shared. Check out his Resources for teachers!
  • Sharemylesson.com: Thousands of lesson plans by teachers for teachers:

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Thanks Mr. H!