Monthly Archives: May 2014

Science 6 Marker Mat – Inspired by @JamieClark85 revamped by @steve_sdavis

Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 17.45.57After the success of the SIXCESS resource produced by myself and @MrBAyres to help students prepare for 6 Mark Questions in science exams the evolution of the resources has snowballed.

Steve Davis, a colleague of mine at Clevedon School, spotted some awesome resources by @JamieClark85  and started to think how they could be adapted to be used within a science classroom.

Jamie had developed a series of overlays that could be used within an English classroom. Jamie’s examples can be seen by clicking the image below.

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Steve did a cracking job with the content and visited me to add some magical touches! The pins icons, SIXCESS logo and certified stamp! A relatively small job but Davis seemed impressed!

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The PDF can be downloaded by clicking the link below. Cut out the example in the centre and use as an overlay or laminate and use as it is.

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Experience Life App – Science Apps from Imaxina

Experience Life App – £5.99

iTunesArtwork@2x 2“Experience Life” is a complete educational application about the vital role of the relationship of man.

Through the nervous system’s response to external stimuli, we relate to other living beings and to our surroundings. Our senses receive stimuli; the nervous system processes the information and responds in the most appropriate manner; then, the musculoskeletal system implements the action.

Available in English and in Spanish, the development of this application was supervised by educational and medical professionals to explain the workings of THE SENSES, the NERVOUS SYSTEM, and the MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM in an enjoyable and entertaining way.

Taking advantage of iPad functionalities, it has interactive illustrations, games and animations which reveal an entirely new approach to learning.

Its innovative navigation moves forward in a natural environment, associating educational content with the capabilities of certain animals. This catches the user’s attention and motivates interaction designed to improve learning.

What I think…

This app is awesome! There is very good interactive element to this app with a range of learning styles catered for. A range of activities and simple to use interface makes this book very accessible to all learners and a range of ages and makes the learning and enjoyable experience.  Visually excellent and very accurate science pitched at the correct level to match the literacy abilities of the user. A great focus on scientific literacy throughout linked to visual stimuli and diagrams. A superb resource for students to use during lessons, at home or for independent study. A really enjoyable app to use and learn with that is well worth the money.

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The Miracle of Life App – Science Apps from Imaxina

The Miracle of Life – £5.99 iTunesArtwork@2x 3The Miracle of Life is a complete educational application, focused on the human body’s cycle of life. Available in both English and Spanish, its creation has been supervised by professionals in the fields of education and medicine. In a fun and entertaining manner, it explains the secrets of fertilization, gestation, and human growth. Taking advantage of the iPad’s capabilities, it includes interactive illustrations, games, and animation clips, which allow users to discover an entirely new form of learning. New navigation gives the application a narrative continuity that captures the user’s attention and motivates interaction. GAME
The application is rounded out by a fun educational game: You must help a tiny friend navigate through the female reproductive system. Your mission: fertilize the egg. To do this, you must complete five exciting phases, loading up on energy and speed to overcome all of the difficulties you will find along the way.

What I think…

This app is awesome! There is very good interactive element to this app with a range of learning styles catered for. A range of activities and simple to use interface makes this book very accessible to all learners and a range of ages and makes the learning and enjoyable experience.  Visually excellent and very accurate science pitched at the correct level to match the literacy abilities of the user. A great focus on scientific literacy throughout linked to visual stimuli and diagrams. A superb resource for students to use during lessons, at home or for independent study. A really enjoyable app to use and learn with that is well worth the money.

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Energy For Life App – Science Apps from Imaxina

Energy For Life – FREE

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We get the energy necessary to live, the materials necessary for tissue construction and regeneration, and the substances which regulate the body’s internal reactions through the role of nutrition. Functions carried out in the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems.

Available in English and Spanish, the development of this application has been supervised by educational and medical professionals to explain the functions of the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, and the CIRCULATORY SYSTEM in an enjoyable and entertaining way.

Taking advantage of the iPad’s functionalities, it has interactive explanations and animations which reveal a whole new way of learning.

Its innovative navigation runs in a natural environment, associating the educational content with the capabilities of some of the most famous dinosaurs. This catches the user’s attention, who then learns new concepts and is motivated to interact, enhancing the learning process.

What I think…

This app is awesome! There is very good interactive element to this app with a range of learning styles catered for. A range of activities and simple to use interface makes this book very accessible to all learners and a range of ages and makes the learning and enjoyable experience.  Visually excellent and very accurate science pitched at the correct level to match the literacy abilities of the user. A great focus on scientific literacy throughout linked to visual stimuli and diagrams. A superb resource for students to use during lessons, at home or for independent study.


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One Best Thing – Sharing learning with real audiences.

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Last year I was successful in applying to be an Apple Distinguished Educator.  After being selected the Class Of 2013 attended ADE Institutes across the globe. ADEs from Europe, UAE and India gathered in Cork Ireland for a week long collaboration and learning.

Our project was to produce multi touch iBooks using iBooks Author to share an idea or best practice entitled My One Best Thing.

One Best Thing is a collection of books, created by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs), that demonstrate the use of Apple technologies to transform teaching and learning. Each One Best Thing book shares a unit, a lesson, or a best practice and is designed to help another educator implement a successful practice. It’s a professional learning idea championed by an educator—in word and action—that others can look to for ideas and tips on how to replicate.

100 ADEs from around the globe were successful in having their chapters published and I was lucky enough to be one of them. To view all the free iBooks click the banner at the top of the page. I would highly recommend that you also download the chapters from Mat Pullen, Mark Anderson, Greg Hughes, Andy Dickenson and John Jones.

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Sharing learning with a real audience immediately provides real purpose for students. This One Best Thing demonstrates ways in which students could share their work with peers, educators and the rest of the world. A range of apps, activity ideas, and student examples are highlighted showing how students can use iPad to share what they have learned with authentic audiences

 

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