Stop Motion in Science Learning: A New Method to Learn STEM Topics Through Play.

The Cut N’ Learn team’s idea is to provide ready-to-go stop motion kits to children, with which they can create spectacular scientific animations in a very short time. The project is live on Kickstarter now.  Children are fascinated about movie making and animation creation which brings the idea to integrate stop motion animation into Science …

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What is STEM and what is STEAM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. Why are they important? Looking to the future, many countries have realised that these are the core areas of development and need to be focused upon in schools.  The subjects can be taught discretely, however often a cross-curricular …

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Using Social Media To Make Learning Competitive.

My colleague recently shared with me how he used social media, in an innovative way, in the classroom. The lesson was secondary chemistry and the students were challenged to make infographics using the website Piktochart (click here for my tutorial). To motivate the students, they were told that their finished products would be shared on …

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How To Document A Science Investigation Using Google Keep.

Recently, my class did a science experiment, where we explored how rain falls.  In short, you put shaving foam (the cloud) on top of a cup of water and drop food colouring onto it.  When the cloud gets full, it begins to 'rain' the food colouring. Have a look at a video we took: How …

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Time-lapse a science experiment for excellent observation opportunities (includes a free, downloadable write-up form).

Last week I did a science lesson with my students where we looked at how the sweets 'Skittles' dissolved in hot and cold water. We time-lapsed the results: This stand worked brilliantly to hold the camera: After I asked my students to complete this online science experiment write-up form on Google Docs. You can download …

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A nifty tech trick to increase the accuracy of recording in science lessons.

Slow motion (slowmo) is a video effect in which time appears to be slowed down.  To create a slowmo video, simply record something and then apply the effect.   When you watch it back, the movie will be reduced in speed automatically.    A slowmo t00l is available on newer iPads (a pre-loaded option in the …

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