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Creating short Instagram videos as a student STEM challenge

Written by Ben Newsome on March 9th, 2017.      0 comments

BYOD in action...

As we all know, students love smart phones! Why not take advantage of the content creation apps available on smart phones to get students to create informative short science videos they can upload onto Instagram?
Every day in your classroom students gain new insights and in doing so create their own interpretation of how the world works, this is a fantastic opportunity for students to use their devices as a creative outlet to share their knowledge in a medium they love.

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Instagram in the science classroom
Get your devices ready!
Teaching Topics: Apps , edchat , edtech, social media, STEM, teaching
 

How to improve school communication using Slack

Written by Ben Newsome on August 10th, 2016.      0 comments

Be less busy; Slack's tagline says it all!

Anyone who thinks that a school is easy to run most likely hasn't worked in one! It's no wonder teachers have little time to eat their lunch considering the never-ending list of demands placed on them.Thankfully there are many education apps that can make all the above much easier to deal with and one that just might change the game in your staff room could be Slack. This messaging app exploded onto the scene as a solution for busy teams... perhaps this might be a game-changer in your school?

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Slack
Reduce email & text clutter in your school

Teaching Topics: Apps, edtech, education , scied , teaching
 

Pokemon Go - Lesson ideas for the science classroom

Written by Ben Newsome on July 16th, 2016.      0 comments

An augmented reality gaming giant

Well, hasn't this app exploded across the world!?! With so many kids, teens and adults using Pokemon Go surely this is an opportunity for teachers to use this highly addictive content in the classroom to engage students, especially those kids that don't readily engage with your standard science lessons. 

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Chasing down strange reality

Teaching Topics: Apps , edtech, education , gaming , STEM, teaching
 

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!

 
 

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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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
Teaching Topics: Apps , edchat, edtech, education, edutech, STEM , teaching
 
 

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