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Most popular science teaching ideas of 2017

Written by Ben Newsome on December 23rd, 2017.      0 comments

Most popular teaching articles of 2017

What a year! Below lists 10 of the most shared science teaching ideas that we wrote in 2017. Some of these articles are perfect for teaching from preschool to Year 12, whereas others are more general nature. Either way, we've had a ball putting together these STEM ideas on the blog for you... enjoy!
Science of fidget spinners
Science of Fidget Spinners

Earlier this year the fidget spinner had well and truly taken off across the globe. As such, we were interested in what how we could use this addictive toy not only to teach physics but also on how to make your own fidget spinner.

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Using songs to trach science
Using songs to teach science

Ever tried using mnemonics to help your students memorise those pesky science facts, like the colours of the visible spectrum, the order of the planets, or even biological classifications? They can get pretty complicated, and everyone ends up spending more time coming up with one than actually studying the material! Why not try having students create their own science songs instead?

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Teaching STEM creativity
Ideas for teaching STEM creativity

Sparking creativity in students in some ways is not a challenge, kids are naturally creative regardless of their background. As such weaving some creative aspects into your next STEM lesson will definitely be welcomed in your classroom! There are many ways to approach this, however the following ideas can guide the development of a great lesson that students will remember

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How to create student podcasts
Create a student science podcast

Podcasting also offers yet another opportunity for your students to engage with their world digitally. Armed with a microphone and a recording device, your students could be sharing their ideas and insights gained as they conduct science at your school and beyond! The content they could produce doesn't need to be groundbreaking nor something required for student assessments, it just needs to be engaging for the intended audience and motivating for your students to put together.

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Animated science infographics
Amazing science infographics

Using science infographics in the classroom can be a quick way to get students to quickly visualise the ideas you're putting forward. However, whilst a static image of science content is usually more than fine for the classroom, why not look further for some animated versions which grab the attention of the students and dive deeper into the detail? 

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Inspiring TED talks by kids
Brilliant student TED Talks

It's often the case that the best way to teach students is to have students teach other instead! Check out these brilliant TED Talks by students who are already making a difference.

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Using Mindcraft to teach science
Using Minecraft for teaching science

Gaming is a powerful tool for teaching. You don't have to work so hard to get your students to love the medium, because it is already designed to engage and entertain. There are plenty of educational resources out there in the form of games, why not use those? Mindcraft is definitely one of them!

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Comprehensive guide to slime
A comprehensive guide to slime making

Ooey. Gooey. Slime. It's all the rage right now, according to this slimy article. Kids think it's "the grossest thing ever" but can't get enough of it! The question now really is... when will this slime craze stop?

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Tips for creating science posters
6 top tips for creating science posters

Go to any primary classroom or high school science lab and you're bound to find a number of science posters stuck around the room. Often, these science posters are taken from newspaper lift outs or freely provided posters from a classroom science supplier. Whilst these posters are great (we've got some hanging around our office too!), your students could also be creating science posters that effectively communicate their knowledge of the science topic you're studying too!

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10 Christmas science experiments
10 Christmas science experiments

A list of experiments from our Free Experiments section of activities to which you can easily add a festive flair. So whether you are looking for an exciting way to conclude the school year or activities for the kids this holiday season, we've got you covered!

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BTW: There are also >150 free science experiments on our website to check out too!
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Happy teaching,


Ben Newsome
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