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Podcast: Teaching design thinking with Makers Empire

Written by Ben Newsome on July 17th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 10 of the FizzicsEd podcast

When it comes to design thinking, having students create 3D objects that solve a real-world problem is pretty close to a perfect lesson. In this talk with Mandi Dimitriadis from Makers Empire we discover just how far 3D printing has come (you can even print in chocolate!) plus the critical importance of project-based learning in allowing students to explore their own creativity.

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Mandi from Makers Empire
Teaching design thinking through 3D printing

What is an ISTE conference actually like?

Written by Ben Newsome on July 14th, 2017.      0 comments

Discover one of the largest teaching events on the planet

Ever wanted to find out the latest and greatest technology tools, tips & tricks that'll spice up your learning space? More importantly, would you rather discover this information from educators that are actually using the technology in their classroom? Perhaps joining the next ISTE conference might be for you? Over 20,000 educators can't be wrong!

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Sign: Powerful learning starts here
It certainly does :)

Teaching Topics: coding, edchat, edtech, edutech , events , teaching

FizzicsEd podcast about to be released!

Written by Ben Newsome on May 18th, 2017.      0 comments

Hot off the press!

We've been very busy chatting with nationally recognised educators and science communicators over the past couple of weeks to pull together some fantastic STEM education podcasts for you to enjoy. No matter whether you're teaching science in grade 1, running a high school lab or delivering science shows in a museum, this show helps you teach science & technology the way kids want to learn.

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Fizzics Ed podcast logo (green, blue and white)
Let them cre

Teaching Topics: edchat, edutech , podcasts

Fizzics wins NBN major grant to build education studio

Written by Ben Newsome on March 29th, 2017.      0 comments

New science education about to be built!

Woohoo! Fizzics Education was announced as a major grant recipient of $25K from the ‘Grow with nbnTM' program. The new funding will now allow Fizzics to create a purpose-built distance education space, complete with a chroma-key green screen, sound proofing and the ability to run concurrent video conference sessions.

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Fizzics boiling water demo in video conference
We're looking forward to build!


Ideas for using drones in science education

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

Bring out the drones!

The advent of drones has been heralded a potential game-changer in certain industries. Quite a few readers will be well aware of Amazon's interest in creating delivery drones for their online shopping business via Amazon Prime Air, you might have even heard of Dominos Pizza Delivery drone too. So, lets look at some ways you can work with your student's interest in this technology to give students a new view of science from above!

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Drone for education
A birds-eye view of their world


5 solutions to classroom organisation & lesson planning using Trello

Written by Ben Newsome on May 22nd, 2016.      0 comments

How to get your classroom on task and organised!

These days there are so many little tasks a busy classroom teacher need to keep track that it can almost be overwhelming, especially for a new teacher on their first placement! The good news is that there are free apps that can certainly support you and their ease of use makes it breeze to get started. One of the best solutions around for getting your class organised and on track is Trello

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Getting organised using Trello


Pinterest for education: it's a hive mind of ideas!

Written by Ben Newsome on May 14th, 2016.      0 comments

How to use Pinterest to remember all of those experiments!

Ever been planning for a science lesson and for the life of you cannot remember that experiment website you needed? Pinterest is most definitely the education app for you! Established a couple of years ago, Pinterest is a free virtual cork board where you can sort and save all those science experiment procedures and background information that you need as a practicing teacher for quick access.

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Time to get pinning!


Science memes you can teach with

Written by Ben Newsome on April 30th, 2016.      0 comments

How to use memes as a powerful way to engage students.

Who doesn't love a chuckle? When you enter most science faculty staff rooms you'll undoubtedly notice a variety of humorous education and science memes posted on the walls. Funny memes connect with people in a way that other media doesn't... so why not use these as an engagement tool in your science classroom?

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Create a meme where do I start
The value of memes in class


Classroom science blogging: document, engage & inspire!

Written by Ben Newsome on April 26th, 2016.      0 comments

Create a education blog to engage students and be proud of!

Why not have your students create a blog about their science experiments and subsequent discoveries in a safe site you control! Students love to hear from other students. They like to share stories, behind-the-scenes video, funny anecdotes and above all they love to have ownership over what they are doing in the classroom. We look at not only the benefits but also the easy steps you can take to get your students involved!

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Student using a laptop
Get students documenting!


Science in 6.5 seconds! The value of Vine for teaching

Written by Ben Newsome on March 24th, 2016.      0 comments

Vine can be valuable for teaching science!

Vine is quite an interesting social media app that has become massively popular with people wanting to see a series of extremely small videos. How extremely small you say? At the time of writing this post Vine allows videos of just over 6.5 seconds in length (!). 

So, what could you possibly do with that time frame?
We have a look at how science teachers could really be taking advantage of this nifty app... and create more engagement in science lessons to boot.

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Science in 6.5 seconds 

Science Apps for the classroom; devices on the ready!

Written by Ben Newsome on February 20th, 2016.      0 comments

With today's technology there are so many options to enrich your student's classroom experience. One of the quickest ways to make that happen is by integrating science apps into your lessons.

Listed here are a bunch of science apps that can really help students understand science in an environment that's familiar to them...

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Science Apps that kids love

Top tips for teaching via video conference

Written by Ben Newsome on February 5th, 2016.      2 comments

Often as a teacher you get your training on how to use the newly installed VC system and then you're left to your own devices to work out the intricacies on how to use it. 

Here are some quick ways that will you to get them most out of your video conferencing and make it awesome for all involved!

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Video conferencing made simple


13 quick ways to integrate technology in a primary science lesson

Written by Ben Newsome on January 7th, 2016.      0 comments

Integrating technology into your classroom can be a lot of fun for students.

Here are 13 quick ways you introduce more technology into your classroom that are fun to do and highly rewarding for students! 

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iPads, phones, whiteboards & more!
Teaching Topics: edchat, education , edutech, scicomm, teaching

An overview of Virtual Excursions Australia in an interview with CILC

Written by Ben Newsome on July 9th, 2015.      0 comments

After visiting Philadelphia earlier this year for ISTE 2015, Jan Zanetis from the Centre for Interactive Learning & Collaboration in the USA interviewed me on the presentation made to CILC video conference content providers about the work being done by Virtual Excursions Australia in reaching remote learners across Australia.

Here's the interview in full!

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Video conference camera
Virtual excursions bridge distance & experts!

USS Intrepid: Combining science & history for virtual excursions

Written by Ben Newsome on June 27th, 2014.      0 comments

After a fantastic visit to New York Hall of Science my Churchill fellowship continued on toward Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum Complex in Manhattan.

Approaching the World War II aircraft carrier from the heart of Hells Kitchen t I couldn’t help but be excited to learn the history of the vessel and see the variety of aircraft on the flight deck. USS Intrepid was launched in 1943 and saw active service in World War II and Vietnam as well used for recovery operations for the NASA Gemini program. During World War II the carrier was survived by 5 kamikaze attacks and 1 torpedo strike as it participated in operations across the Pacific.

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USS Intrepid

CNYRIC: Championing the use of VC for New York Schools

Written by Ben Newsome on June 24th, 2014.      0 comments

With a short flight out of New York I dropped into Syracuse to visit the Central New York Regional Information Center (CYNRIC), an entity that serves as educational support for 50 school districts and four Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) across eight counties in the central region of New York State. 

Everything from technology integration, flipped learning consultancy to digital media loans is covered plus in addition to this they help schools get connected with video conferencing equipment and help teachers learn how to use VC in a variety of situations.

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With Amy & little 'RIC'

nySci: Bringing science to remote students

Written by Ben Newsome on June 24th, 2014.      0 comments

After zipping across to CYNRIC in Syracuse I dropped into the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY.

Also known as NYSCI, the museum was established as part of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair near the banks of the East River. Finding the museum is easy, just keep an eye out for the Mercury Atlas-D and Gemini Titan II Rockets poking above the surrounding Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

On entry to the museum you are greeted with a new tinkering area where kids can build, create and manipulate all sorts of objects to solve engineering problems or simply to have fun!

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Maker space at New York Hall of Science

International Spy Museum; covert distance learning!

Written by Ben Newsome on June 20th, 2014.      0 comments

Ever wanted to be a secret agent? Got a hankering to live a double life? Well this leg of my Churchill Fellowship found me at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC to find out all about the life of spies and how classrooms across the world have experienced this content presented via video conference.

I must admit, this visit intrigued me as the educational content presented is completely unique; where else can you see a real spy gadgets or talk with an ex-CIA case officer about life as an agent? 

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Spy concealment deveices

Aquarium of the Pacific; distance education from the deep!

Written by Ben Newsome on May 25th, 2014.      0 comments

The Churchill Fellowship has finally started! As a recap, I am very fortunate to have received the opportunity visit 16 museums and cultural institutions across North America to study best practices in science education via video conference. 

First stop was a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. The aquarium is situated in a beautiful building housing a stunning array of marine life divided into coastal zones from the beachside to the ocean trenches. Formed in 1998, the aquarium has grown into a major institution...

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Blue whale in the foyer

Science classes via video conferencing… the real digital revolution

Written by Ben Newsome on July 15th, 2011.      0 comments

With the National Broadband Network (NBN) beginning to be rolled out across Australia, at an estimated cost of $35.9 billion, the general public is quite rightly wondering what they will get for their buck. Well, having just attended the Digital Outreach conference this week I can say from the education perspective that things will change dramatically...

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