Digital Resources for the Science Curriculum

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Finding engaging and relevant resources for the science classroom is not as easy as it would seem. This presentation explores some of the resources that are both relevant and engaging for students from grade 5 to 10. It will include a discussion of some apps for iPads.

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Digital Resources for the Science Curriculum

  1. 1. Australian School Library Association Inc. DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR THE SCIENCE CURRICULUM PRESENTED BY ISOBEL WILLIAMS PRESIDENT, ASLA
  2. 2. Introduction 2 Isobel Williams Currently teacher librarian and year 7 Science teacher at Ogilvie High School in Hobart isobel.williams@education.tas.gov.au Australian School Library Association Inc.
  3. 3. Australian Curriculum - Science 3  Science Understanding  Science as a Human Endeavour  Science Inquiry Skills Australian School Library Association Inc.
  4. 4. 4  Science Understanding  Biological sciences  Chemical sciences  Earth and space sciences  Physical sciences Australian School Library Association Inc.
  5. 5. 5  Science as a Human Endeavour  Nature and development of science  Use and influence of science Australian School Library Association Inc.
  6. 6. 6  Science Inquiry Skills  Questioning and predicting  Planning and conducting  Processing and analysing data and information  Evaluating  Communicating Australian School Library Association Inc.
  7. 7. Science Understandings 7  Biological Sciences - year 5 - 10  Features and adaptations to survive in their environment  The growth and survival affected by the physical conditions  Classification helps organise this diversity  Food chains and food webs  Cells are the basic units of living things  Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs  Multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems  Energy flow through ecosystems  DNA and genes  The theory of evolution by natural selection Australian School Library Association Inc.
  8. 8. Science Understandings 8  Chemical Sciences Year 5 - 10  Solids, liquids and gases  Physical and chemical change  Separating mixtures  motion and arrangement of particles  Differences between elements, compounds and mixtures  reactions form new substances  All matter is made of atoms  natural radioactivity  mass is not created or destroyed  Chemical reactions involve energy transfer  The Periodic Table  Different types of chemical reactions  Different rates of reaction Australian School Library Association Inc.
  9. 9. Science Understandings 9  Earth and space sciences - year 5 - 10           The Earth is part of the solar system Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface Seasons and eclipses Renewable and non-renewable resources Water cycle Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks The theory of plate tectonics galaxies, stars and solar systems The Big Bang theory Global systems and cycles involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere Australian School Library Association Inc.
  10. 10. Science Understandings 10  Physical Sciences - year 5 - 10  Light can be absorbed, reflected and refracted  Electrical circuits  Energy can be used to generate electricity  Forces  Earth’s gravity  Energy appears in different forms  Energy transfer can be explained using wave and particle models  Energy conservation in a system  The motion of objects Australian School Library Association Inc.
  11. 11. Science as a Human Endeavour 11       Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence Important contributions have been made by people from a range of cultures Scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available Science knowledge can develop through collaboration Scientific understanding are refined over time through a process of review Science and technology are linked Australian School Library Association Inc.
  12. 12. Science as a Human Endeavour 12          Science is used to solve problems Scientific knowledge is used to inform decisions Science and technology find solutions to contemporary issues Science involves ethical considerations Science influences human activity People use science in their occupations People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate decisions Advances in science and technology significantly affect people’s lives The values and needs of contemporary society focus scientific research Australian School Library Association Inc.
  13. 13. Science Inquiry Skills 13  Questioning and predicting  Pose questions  Identify questions  Formulate questions  Planning and conducting  Planning and conducting  Plan with guidance, understand simple fair tests, collect data  Collaboratively and individually plan, change variables, be ethical, be safe, collect data accurately  Plan, select and use appropriate investigation methods, be safe, be ethical, collect reliable data Australian School Library Association Inc.
  14. 14. Science Inquiry Skills 14  Processing and analysing data and information    Organise and compare data Analyse patterns and summarise data, draw conclusions Analyse patterns, look for relationships, draw conclusions consistent with evidence  Evaluating    Suggest improvements Evaluate quality of data collected Identify uncertainty, suggest specific improvements, valididty  Communicating    Communicate Communicate in scientific language Construct evidence based arguments using scientific language Australian School Library Association Inc.
  15. 15. 15 Any questions? Australian School Library Association Inc.
  16. 16. Geography vs Science 16  Geography  Renewable, non-renewable resources – year 7  Water – year 7  Folding, faulting and volcanoes - year 8  Rock type and landforms – year 8  Science  Renewable and non-renewable resources - year 7  Water cycle – year 7  Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks – year 8  The theory of plate tectonics – year 9 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  17. 17. What I look for 17  Covers aspects of the curriculum  Has potential to demonstrate some aspect that is     harder to show in the classroom/lab Is more than a point and shoot game Is at the appropriate level for students Has some degree of interactivity – student not a passive receiver Ideas Australian School Library Association Inc.
  18. 18. ABC Splash 18 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  19. 19. Interactive Sites 19 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  20. 20. BBC Bitesize 20 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  21. 21. Scootle 21 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  22. 22. PBS 22 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  23. 23. NeoK12 23 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  24. 24. National Parks 24 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  25. 25. National Parks 25 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  26. 26. Nobel Prize 26 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  27. 27. Simulations 27 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  28. 28. Merlot II 28 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  29. 29. Science Learning Hub 29 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  30. 30. Annenberg Learning 30 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  31. 31. Atlas of living Australia 31 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  32. 32. Science Inquiry Skills 32      Questioning and predicting Planning and conducting Processing and analysing data and information Evaluating Communicating Australian School Library Association Inc.
  33. 33. CSIRO 33 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  34. 34. Science Buddies 34 Australian School Library Association Inc.
  35. 35. iPad 35  Educational objectives  Critical thinking skills  Some control over level of difficulty  Clear and simple instructions  Assess progress  Value for money  Does not allow access to external providers  Does not require in-app purchases to work  Does not ask for personal data Australian School Library Association Inc.
  36. 36. Some iPad ideas – mostly free 36  Monster Physics  Shout Science  Food Webs  Khan Academy  goReact  Hudson alpha icell  Rube Works  Kids discover – Cells $  Science 360 for iPad  Cells (school)  Chemist  Journey of invention (15  Go SkyWatch object free then $)  Energy Island  NASA science  Aero! Australian School Library Association Inc.
  37. 37. Post-webinar information 37 Resource list and certificate of attendance will be emailed Membership information is available at http://www.asla.org.au/membership.aspx Future Webinars http://www.asla.org.au/Professional-learning/webinars.aspx Follow ASLA on Twitter https://twitter.com/aslanational Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ASLAOnline Australian School Library Association Inc.

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