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5 ways Beebots can teach students

Written by Ben Newsome on June 29th, 2016.      0 comments

Coding for younger students

Got to love a Beebot! They're such a well designed robotics teaching tool for young students that not only serve as an entry mechanism for more complex robotics but used correctly can be a versatile tool for teachers wanting to creatively teach classroom content.

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3 beebots lined up in a row
A powerful tool for learning


Post-It notes teach collaboration & identify understanding

Written by Ben Newsome on June 19th, 2016.      0 comments

A simple yet powerful tool in student hands

Nothing could be simpler than having students sit down and create a mind map of their ideas prior to a science lesson or project based learning activity. Why not take this classic thought process a step further and have students share their ideas simply using Post-It notes?

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Post-It notes and teaching
Find out what students know

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , scied , STEM , teaching

10 tips for first year science teachers

Written by Ben Newsome on June 15th, 2016.      0 comments

Learn how to thrive in your first teaching year

It can be quite daunting on your first day as a science teacher. Sure, you've done the required face to face days as a student teacher and you've passed all the exams... but now it's the real deal! Entering a new school can be a little off putting for even experienced teachers let alone how it feels walking into a school knowing you're about to take control of your first science class. We look at what can help take control and thrive!

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Teaching a biology class
On the first day it gets real... 

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , scied , STEM , teaching

Colour blindness in the classroom

Written by Ben Newsome on June 9th, 2016.      0 comments

Can your students see clearly what is happening in class?

Many people are aware of the variety of colour blindness tests available. The thing is, how often does the inability to perceive colours get picked up in class? Does it really have an impact on education, or is it just an oddity?

As I myself have a form of red-green colour blindness, I thought I might dive deeper into this from a personal perspective as well as from a science educators point of view.

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Ishihara Colour blindness test
Can your students perceive colour?

Teaching Topics: Art , biology, edchat, education , STEM, teaching

Teaching STEAM on a limited budget

Written by Ben Newsome on June 5th, 2016.      0 comments

Let your student's creativity shine, without breaking the bank!

Teaching science in your classroom doesn't necessarily have to be just about following the textbook. If you want to truly engage kids in the sciences you have to tap into their creative side, that is, let them go about solving a scientific problem their own way and see where their discoveries take them. 

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marshmallow tower
Simple materials, serious science!

Teaching Topics: Art , edchat, education, scicomm, STEM, teaching

Vivid: science lessons on light & colour

Written by Ben Newsome on June 1st, 2016.      0 comments

Use the Vivid Light, Music & Ideas Festival to your advantage!

With the Vivid Light, Music & Ideas Festival in full swing in Sydney from May 27 until June 18 this year it's the perfect time to teach light & colour with your students. Students love colour, they love lasers & they love experiments. Sounds like a great time to explore further.

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Sydney Opera House Vivid
Science gets pretty :)

Teaching Topics: Art , edchat, education, events , scicomm, STEM, teaching

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