-Best of the rest for Science Teacher Websites:
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-The Top Ten list.
Two guys, Michael Moffit and Gregory Brown, from Toronto have managed to gather together over four million subscribers on YouTube. Not bad since starting out in 2012. Most videos are presented with whiteboard animation and range from the cheeky, ‘Why do we like our own farts?’ to more health related matters such as ‘How your brain reacts to coffee’. Videos are short but packed with detail; take your pick of the numerous subjects, sit back and absorb.
Well known by students throughout the country this is a great resource that can be used for any subject. For Science you will get material for KS1 to KS4 and although they used to organise content by exam board, now it is combined into one vast database. You will find learner or revision guides with lots of images and diagrams to support learners. There is always a quiz connected to each topic and sometimes a fun, animated activity which student usually enjoy. The classroom resources are a selection of short videos clips with teachers note on how to implement them in the classroom.
Apart from providing funding to scientists and advising government policy the Royal Society also supports students and teachers of all key stages. At Invigorate you will find topics structured around famous scientists and discoveries where you can investigate deeper and get more detailed information, activities and teachers notes. Lots of resources can be downloaded for use offline and in the classroom.
If learning by watching videos is your thing then this is the place to be. Kishore Vyas has managed to compile a complete set of videos to cover all of GCSE Science specification for AQA. It shame there will be completely new specification 2016 but these resources will still be useful even if not updated. All of the core GCSE content if available for free but you will have to pay for additional science and separate sciences. At about £15 each this is probably worth the money.
This site has a huge amount of resources available for the practicing science teacher. Probably the most useful are the practical activities that contain detailed descriptions for any teacher or lab technician to follow. The focus is mostly on secondary school practical skills but there are also resources for 21st century science, a curriculum considered by some to be a more engaging and relevant study of Chemistry.
What do you expect your archetypical scientist to look like? It is probably much like Martyn Poliakoff, the main presenter and chemistry professor of this video series. On the website there is periodic table whereby if you click an element there will be a 5 to 10min clip explaining the element’s properties and uses. Videos are shot by popular film maker, Brady Haran and on the website you will also find some of his other clips as well as those produced by the team at the University of Nottingham.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is the professional body for all Chemists in the UK and here it caters for the next generation of Chemists. With resources for students from 5 to graduates there is something for everyone with an interest in Chemistry. There are lesson plans on Chemistry and football and multiple choice quizzes and revision guides for A-level students. Included with most pages you will find presentations for teachers and worksheets for student. It’s a little confusing navigating through the site but keep searching and you will find some great material.
Most people from the UK will know this popular museum in central London but they have done a lot on-line to engage students and support teachers. There is a good resources page here where you can search by age group and topic to narrow down what you are looking for. Although only loosely linked to the curriculum resources include demonstrations, activities and worksheets with detailed instructions. Oh, and don’t forget to investigate the games; they will keep you hooked for a good few hours.
With most subjects covered at GCSE and A-level, Scool had a lot to offer. The revision pages give you all the information you need along with some animations to improve engagement. Register for free to receive their question bank and revision packs, both of which can be viewed online or printed for use at any time. A range of apps are available to buy if you wish and helpful tips are provided for revision, careers and University.
With over 9 million subscribers on YouTube you could say Vsauce is quite popular. Started my Michael Stevens in 2010 and posting regular videos on science related topics such as ‘Who owns the moon?’ and ‘Will we ever run out of names?’ His energetic and enthusiastic presentation style and a great mix of humour and fascinating facts you are drawn into watching more and more clips. The channel have has become so popular that further Vsauce’s have spawned known as Vsauce 1, 2 and 3 with new presenters doing similar videos.