Scitable – Authentic Science Learning from Nature Education
Nature Education’s Scitable project is a free, collaborative online project which opens up lots of peer-reviewed, high-quality Nature content to students, teachers and learning groups.
The goal was to put high-quality Science information onto the web, and to give control and flexibility over learning. Having signed-up and looked at some of the brilliant readers and resources there, I will surely be using it in future! Scitable represents an authentic, evolving and engaging alternative to science textbooks, one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. Check out some of the student blogs, too!
Here’s a quick video overview, but there is more information after the jump.
End of Year Exams: Online Revision Tools
It’s that time of year again: Middle and High School semester exams. Make sure you know what is going to be covered in your exams and study effectively. Here are some links to help make your study more fun.They are for free and online services only. Don’t forget all of the resources we have on the school network.
Quizzes and Vocabulary:
Quia.com/shared for lots of games for all subjects, including ‘Rags to Riches’ (Who Wants to be a Millionaire). The Grade 8 Chinese students had fun here.There are lots of vocab and flashcard activities for ESL/CAT students.
FlashcardExchange is a huge resource of flashcards for students to study keywords and terms. Some sets are based on diagrams and images, such as in Science. You can test yourself, play memory games and keep track of your progress. Awesome. If that’s not enough, you can make your own sets.
Quizlet.com has more flashcards and an interesting game called scatter for each set. Free and online, so try it!
Mind Mapping online
bubbl.us is my favourite (and easiest to use) online mind-mapper. Have a go (no sign-up needed)!
BBC Bitesize also have one which is online and free, but can be a bit frustrating.
Mindomo works well and can be used collaboratively. It looks good, but requires a sign-up.
The best for concept mapping (we describe each relationship on the connector) is CMap tools, which is free but needs to be downloaded and installed. It is excellent, though. This Genetics review was made using it. For the answers, click here.
OK, get to work!