During the break I have been looking to expand my resource collection (tip: Pinterest is a brilliant way of quickly saving those really neat resources you come across).
One thing I feel I have really underutilized in class are science songs, I have gone through Youtube this and here are some of my favorites.
1. Its a Family Thing – A song about the organic families, i have used this one in class with senior chemists and it goes down a treat
2. The New Periodic Table Song – I am a big fan of Tom Lehrs periodic table song however I also like this one by ASAP Science which lists the elements in order of how they appear on the periodic table.
3. Photosynthesis – This is a classic ideal for senior biology or junior science
4. Rock me Avogadro – This song outlines the kinetic theory of gases
That is just a taster I have pinned lots more on my science songs pinterest board at http://www.pinterest.com/Kookychemist/science-songs/
I am in the middle of correcting Coursework B write-ups at the moment. I get my students to write-up on a template first which I check; this is to make sure they haven’t sabotaged their own work by writing too much or too little (also to check for plagiarism…it happens!). I give them feedback without actually contributing to their write up. This year I am using this sheet to give feedback which I fill out and staple to the front of their write-ups.
Here is the form Coursework B Feedback form
You could use it in conjunction with this marking scheme I made up using the 2013 DES marking scheme.
Today Peter Higgs and Francois Englert were awarded the 2013 physics Nobel prize for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson.
Here are some resources you can use in class to explain the Higgs in class
One of the best has been this great video from PhD comics
Cern director general Rolf-Dieter Heuer gave a brilliant talk just a week after the discover at ESOF2012 in Dublin you can watch it here http://youtu.be/yRu3yJM8J2A
3 Things the Higgs Boson can teach you about physics
The national STEM centre have this single page fact sheet
Finally there is this great infographic from livescience.com
This week the BBC 4 showed the first of a three part series entitled ‘Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines’ hosted by Michael Mosley.
Episode 1 which was screened on Thursday at 9pm on BBC 4 was an absolute treat and would be of great use in the chemistry or biology class with some lovely animations and explanations the program guides the viewer through the science of pain and the development of pain relief and anesthetics. It covered everything from the isolation of morphine, cocaine and other alkaloids to the synthetic development of modern medicines in an approachable manner making it the ideal resource for class and the best bit….there are still 2 more episodes to come.
How could I incorporate this into class? Well I was thinking if this was combined with the synthesis of aspirin it would make a wonderful activity for 5th year chemists (maybe during science week) or Transition year students. Here is a workbook about aspirin including a method for synthesizing aspirin from the RSC Learn Chemistry (a brilliant resource) http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry/resource/res00000056/aspirin?cmpid=CMP00000045
There is also an open university website with loads of resources and an interactive quiz. http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/tv/ou-on-the-bbc-pain-pus-and-poison
The first episode is being repeated on Tuesday at 10pm on BBC 4, Episode 2 (Pus) and 3 (Poison) will screen over the next two Thursdays at 9pm on BBC 4. The program site can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01f51s5
Although released over a year ago I have just recently come across this great resource from the School of Education in Galway University.
Science Hooks is a series of demonstrations separated down into Chemistry, Physics and Biology that teachers can use to engage students.
It is available online at http://www.sciencehooks.scoilnet.ie/ or as a free ibook downloadable in English and Irish form https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/veronica-mccauley/id549459688?mt=11
The hooks are aimed at junior science but can easily be used in a senior level classroom and are not just an experiment. Each hook contains background theory, tips, questions to engage students and keywords.
Whether you are just starting off or a seasoned pro you will find this resource useful and practical – Definitely worth a look…and its FREE!