Category Archives: Science

Catapulting school students into space with Cuberider

If the idea of sending something into space on a rocket to the International Space Station seems like a far-out concept, you’d probably not be alone in your thinking.

However, two people passionate about space, science and technology have made this reality for over 1000 Australian high school students. In 2016, Solange Cunin and Sebastian Chaoui launched the Cuberider learning program with the aim of turning STEM into an  exciting, creative and highly collaborative exercise.  The program gives young students practice in the highly sought-after skills they’ll need for their future careers, such as coding, data analysis and critical thinking.… Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Mr Dekker’s Journey With OneNote & Minecraft

This is a repost of a blog on the official Microsoft Education blog where Mr Wilj Dekkers, a Year 6 teacher at St Andrew’s College and Microsoft Innovative Educator, recaps the journey of his classroom over the last two years with Microsoft … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Leave Time for Serendipity

Today, my 4th grade students were supposed to analyze data from NASA's Climate Change website. I wanted them to look at real data and to have conversations about what it meant. I wanted them to draw conclusions and make predictions. That's what today's science lesson was supposed to be. It was a good plan.

Unexpectedly, about 10 minutes into my lesson, the distinctive tone of an incoming Skype call filled the room. My students know this sound pretty well by now.… Visit the author's original post

Leave Time for Serendipity

Today, my 4th grade students were supposed to analyze data from NASA's Climate Change website. I wanted them to look at real data and to have conversations about what it meant. I wanted them to draw conclusions and make predictions. That's what today's science lesson was supposed to be. It was a good plan.

Unexpectedly, about 10 minutes into my lesson, the distinctive tone of an incoming Skype call filled the room. My students know this sound pretty well by now.… Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Mr Wilj Dekkers Attends Microsoft Educator Exchange

This post was written by Mr Wilj Dekkers who attended the Annual E2 Conference. He is the second St Andrew’s College teacher to be invited to this global conference, after Mr Ben Hilliam attended in 2015. Microsoft Education hold an … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Global Teacher Prize ’16 – Top10 Announcement Day

Predictibly, I didn't sleep very much last night.  With the top-10 announcement scheduled for midnight, I tried to get some sleep beforehand, but it didn't work very well. I don't sleep well when I'm excited.

Around midnight I checked the Global Teacher Prize website and saw that there was a video of Stephen Hawking announcing the top-10 finalists. I was floored. This was the first moment in a day of amazing moments in which it was hard to believe the events occurring.… Visit the author's original post

The Power Of Data

Increasingly, most organisations are seeking to “do more” with the data they collect and store and in this respect, St Andrew’s College is no different. For the last two years I have been looking at a number of tools that … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Tech Evangelist Encourages Student App Development

Today Mr Wilj Dekkers and Year 6 student Toby Skyped with Hannes Nel from Microsoft New Zealand about a game called “The Adventures of Mr Dot” that Toby had built in Scratch. It was a great chat aimed to help … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Skype in the Classroom Lessons Inspire Global Citizens

After two years of working as a curriculum coach, helping teachers and students find really incredible learning experiences, I have switched roles this year.  For the first time in my 19 year career I am teaching 3rd-5th grade science.  In many ways this is a dream job for me. My philosophy that learners should be encouraged to wonder, experiment, learn from failure, and connect with others around the world fit perfectly in an elementary science lab.  Since I am in the same school, I have the added benefit of working with students who have learned with me for the past two years.… Visit the author's original post

Teachers Try Science

Looking to add a little excitement to your Science classes?  Searching for some lesson plan inspiration to celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of Science Week (November 8th to 15th)?  No problem. Apart from the brilliant Science Week website there is a veritable virtual smorgasbord of STEM resources available on the web covering all levels and offering detailed lesson plans, multi-media resources and printables; all with the aim of sparking students’ interest in STEM.

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One of the better websites promoting STEM I’ve come across is Teachers Try Science. … Visit the author's original post

The Countdown is on until World Education Games – have you registered yet?

Technology is undeniably changing the world as we know it – and the classroom is the perfect example. Learning now has the opportunity to be engaging, collaborative, and most importantly fun. Remember the days of dreaded homework, pouring over maths sums...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Teacher Perspectives On The Surface Pro 3

As we approach the first anniversary of the Surface Pro 3 release in New Zealand, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that we now have 26 staff members using them across the school. An earlier update on how how teachers … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Sharing Science Over Skype

Yesterday Mr Bevan Jones’ Year 9 Science class demonstrated a science experiment with Mr Bradley Shaw’s Year 8 class. The unique aspect of this was that it was shared entirely over Skype – the two classes were not physically in the … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Growing Plants, Hearts, and Minds

It's the last week of school, and honestly I didn't think I'd be writing a blog post this week. Since I will be teaching science to 3rd-5th graders next year, I have been packing up the classroom I've been teaching in for the past 16 years in preparation for my move to the science room downstairs. Monday I did a presentation for our school board on the global service learning activities through which our students have been learning and how they connected to my recent trip to Kenya.… Visit the author's original post

5th Grade Learns about Astronomy from Dr. Dean Hines

As part of our "Career Cafe" series, our fifth graders had a Skype call to learn from Dr. Dean Hines about his job as an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland.

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Students were excited to hear about the telescopes and and asked a plethora of questions about stars, planets, and our universe until we ran out of time.  We learned that there are approximately  1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 solar systems in the universe, and that most of them are believed to have planets. … Visit the author's original post

Virtual Lab helps take Year 12 Science to the Next Level

The teachers at Ormiston College in Queensland have created a virtual science lab using Mosaic and Office365 to help Year 12 students run real life chemistry experiments in a safe and collaborative environment

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Virtual Lab helps take Year 12 Science to the Next Level

The teachers at Ormiston College in Queensland have created a virtual science lab using Mosaic and Office365 to help Year 12 students run real life chemistry experiments in a safe and collaborative environment

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Kindergarten Students Skype with NY Botanical Garden

The kindergarten students in Mrs. Conklin’s class recently led a school-wide project to recycle milk carton containers and use them to plant vegetables.  As soon as the ground thaws, they will be planting them in an outdoor garden.  Recently, they had some questions about plants and gardening, so Mrs. Conklin and classroom volunteer Mrs. Toppi set up a Skype call with the New York Botanical Garden so that they could get their questions answered.

The call started with a tour of the facilities where students got to meet the bunnies who “help” with the gardening.  … Visit the author's original post

2nd Graders Learn about “Unhuggable” Animals on Virtual Field Trip to North Carolina

Our second grade students had the opportunity to travel to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences yesterday to meet some “unhuggable” animals.  Kaytee, a biologist at the museum taught them about adaptations that the animals have to survive, answered lots of questions, and taught students some of the ways that these animals are misunderstood.  Kids got the chance to see a live tarantula, snake, baby alligator, hedgehog, and a group of hissing cockroaches from Madagascar.  We were able to set this experience up through the Skype in the Classroom website.… Visit the author's original post

Kindergarteners Interact with a Live Penguin via Skype

Our Kindergarten classes were fortunate enough to Skype and visit with Talya Hanor at the SANCCOB disease and research center for injured sea birds.   The foundation is located in South Africa and many of the birds at the research center are penguins who need medical care.
We enjoyed  listening to a story about a Penguin who had been hurt and then also met a “live” Penguin named Skipper.  He warmed ours hearts with his purring and longing for affection from Talya. … Visit the author's original post

MAking Real Science in SCHools – MARCH in MARCH

It’s been a busy week in the beginning of March. That’s because of one nice workshop called „March in March“. What is it? march logo MARCH (Making Real science in schools) is a project funded by the European Commission under the Life Long Learning program. MARCH brought together a network of nine institutions (The British Council, the Centre for the Promotion of Science and Arts phenomenon, the British Science Association, Forum Democrito, Jungvornweg, Science on Society, Education Development Centre, Ciencia Viva, Greek Ministry of Education) from 7 European countries ( Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Serbia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Portugal).… Visit the author's original post

MAking Real Science in SCHools – MARCH in MARCH

It’s been a busy week in the beginning of March. That’s because of one nice workshop called „March in March“. What is it? march logo MARCH (Making Real science in schools) is a project funded by the European Commission under the Life Long Learning program. MARCH brought together a network of nine institutions (The British Council, the Centre for the Promotion of Science and Arts phenomenon, the British Science Association, Forum Democrito, Jungvornweg, Science on Society, Education Development Centre, Ciencia Viva, Greek Ministry of Education) from 7 European countries ( Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Serbia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Portugal).… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t bore people. People bore people!

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I have a bone to pick with all the PowerPoint bashers out there.  Like you I have been to some very boring lectures where the person ‘teaching’ me is great at preparing boring slides.   This is not the fault of the program.  PowerPoint is a very powerful presentation tool that can enhance teaching and learning opportunities.  But used badly it can not only retard learning but turn students off the topic being delivered.

I have found that there are several types of poor PowerPoint presenters:

The reader

Excellent information but their whole presentation consists of them reading from the slides.   … Visit the author's original post

Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t bore people. People bore people!

PowerPoint Logo

I have a bone to pick with all the PowerPoint bashers out there.  Like you I have been to some very boring lectures where the person ‘teaching’ me is great at preparing boring slides.   This is not the fault of the program.  PowerPoint is a very powerful presentation tool that can enhance teaching and learning opportunities.  But used badly it can not only retard learning but turn students off the topic being delivered.

I have found that there are several types of poor PowerPoint presenters:

The reader

Excellent information but their whole presentation consists of them reading from the slides.   … Visit the author's original post

Corinth Classroom Lite

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 Corinth Classroom Lite
  • Category: Education
  • Age rate: 7+
  • Approximate size: 247,6 MB
  • Developer: Corinth s.r.o.
  • Price: Free
  • Innteach rate: Rating_5
  • Link: Corinth Classroom Lite

In innteach we like to present the latest news with regard to applications for education in Windows 8

Here we presented several applications of Corinth. Recently, we have presented Corinth LibraryA set of applications that can be installed separately.

Corinth Classroom Lite1But, with Corinth Classroom Lite, we can have all the applications together in one. In this new release there are many new features.… Visit the author's original post

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Screen Beam to project wirelessly.

Happy New Year!

Of the technological devices that I got in 2014, the two that changed my day to day classroom practice most were the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and the Actiontec Screen Beam. I’ve already spoken at length about the SP3, as it is the keystone to everything I do, so today is all about the Screen Beam.

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The Actiontec Screen Beam is a wireless receiver (using both the Miracast and WiDi protocols) that connects to any HDMI video input (including sound!), or any display port or VGA with an appropriate adapter.… Visit the author's original post

Using OneNote to map flora and fauna in a local area

CameraStudents have difficulty getting enthused about classification.  It would be great if we could step out of the classroom into the middle of the Daintree Rainforest or go diving on the Great Barrier Reef.  Unfortunately the costs are prohibitive, the risk assessment astronomical and I do not think I could convince the English teachers it would be a good use of student time.  Even a short trip to my local national park would be about 5 hours preparation for 30 minutes actual time on the ground after travel.… Visit the author's original post

Enthusing Students through Creating a Film in Science

I had an amazing experience this year.  My colleague and I were reviewing a unit we taught on the creation of the universe last year.  It was a bit blah and students did not engage with the subject matter as much as we would have liked.  The other enemy of teaching was not on our side -time.  We though we would open it up a bit and give students ownership of their own learning and also allow them to work as a group. … Visit the author's original post

New quest in the Game of Science

New quest in the Game of Science


There is a new quest in the Game of Science.
This is a really great interactive game which allows learners
to be in control of their avatar and lets them make their own decisions!

The new quest is “Brought to You by Ship” quest, 
available by clicking on the icon at the bottom right of the 
new world map.


At the helm of your ship, successfully complete the first steps 
of a delivery of goods to the GAME FOR SCIENCE islands. 
Then, develop you marine transportation company in order to 
make it the most beautiful and most efficient!… Visit the author's original post

Wolfram Alpha

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In 2009 a new way of searching in internet was created as a webpage.

Now we have this amazing search engine as a Windows 8 app.

Actually, Wolfram Alpha is not a search engine; it is more an answer engine or, technically, a computational knowledge engine.

Why is that? When you enter a topic or a sentence to be searched this app doesn’t list the webpage where you can find more information about it, it analyses your words (or numbers) and shows its interpretation of them.… Visit the author's original post