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Kids perceptions on how the world works… you’d be amazed how they think!

Ben Newsome

Ever wondered what kids are thinking? Just how do students perceive their world when their background to measure their experiences is limited? In this post we look at a variety of children's misconceptions in science and what to do about them!

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Science Apps for the classroom; devices on the ready!

Ben Newsome

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...

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Create a science fair at your school that draws attention!

Ben Newsome

Science fairs are so much fun to put together and they really bring your school hall to life when done properly. Who wouldn't want to come visit your school when the students have created robots, DNA extractions, weather simulations, colourful chemical concoctions and more? ... it's certainly much more interesting...

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Lessons & learnings when taking students on bushwalks

Ben Newsome

The great outdoors offers so many learning opportunities for students! Taking them outside your classroom is your chance to inspire them to understand their local environment and to take notice of the world around them. The following briefly lists some of the teaching opportunities that you might discover when you...

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Top tips for teaching via video conference

Ben Newsome

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...

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13 quick ways to integrate technology into a primary science lesson

Ben Newsome

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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Blowing stuff up for MAAS!

Ben Newsome

Earlier this year we were invited to the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences for Éxplode it With Science, part of the 2015 Sydney Science Festival organised on behalf of Inspiring Australia Here's the highlights from tick tick BOOM!

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Preserving student STEM engagement throughout K – 12.

Ben Newsome

Because we visit the entire K to 12 learning spectrum we can quickly get a snapshot of the disparity between primary and high school classes; we might see excited students in a Year 7 science classroom and then see students at the same school in Year 9 utterly bored despite...

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Can poor science models still be useful for teaching science?

Ben Newsome

This might be counter-intuitive but sometimes presenting poorly designed scientific models to students can be extremely helpful in allowing students to critically analyse a given topic area. This week I was teaching a Stars & Planets workshop to primary school students and we started tearing apart this solar system model...

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An overview of Virtual Excursions Australia in an interview with CILC

Ben Newsome

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...

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Fizzics Takes Australian Science to China

Ben Newsome

When the school bell rings at the end of the day in China, for most children this does not mean that it is home time. Many kids head off to lavish ‘training centres’ where they can learn dance, art, ceramics, language, music or sports. As part of its ongoing commitment...

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Radio profile: science video conference to Unalaska!

Ben Newsome

Last month I got the opportunity to again connect with Unalaska library to run a video conference on the science of sound. As usual I had a blast working with the kids, but I got a great surprise to find that it got recorded by local community radio station kucb...

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nySci: Bringing science to remote students

Ben Newsome

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...

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International Spy Museum; covert distance learning!

Ben Newsome

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...

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