Thursday, April 24, 2014

eduMedia - Over 800 interactive simulations and videos to facilitate science learning

http://www.edumedia-sciences.com/en/
eduMedia’s core business is education. Firmly committed to improving learning techniques through Internet-based educational methods, eduMedia continuously monitors technological developments related to education. Its innovative resources are available in six languages and internationally recognized for their excellence.

Who is it intended for?

eduMedia is:
  • an educational resource database for teachers
  • a work and revision tool for students
  • a multimedia scientific encyclopedia for libraries and the general public

What is on eduMedia’s website?

Our website features more than 800 interactive simulations and videos to facilitate science learning, and it keeps growing every week!
Resources are:
  • Highly visual and truly interactive
  • Downloadable for an offline use, even from home
  • Suitable for projection on a screen (and even more on an interactive whiteboard!)
  • Available in 6 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic and Dutch

Be a part of eduMedia’s online community!


Visual, Interactive Simulations for Teaching & Learning Science - FREE AND OPEN SOURCE

http://mw.concord.org/modeler/

MW is already one of the most versatile ways to experience the science of atoms and molecules. Now thanks to Google's generosity and the power of HTML5, we're bringing it to Web browsers everywhere.

Science Games for Kids from Kids.usa.gov

http://kids.usa.gov/play-games/science/
http://kids.usa.gov/index.shtml

Kids.gov is organized into three audiences: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Educators. Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, and History. Within each subject, the websites are grouped as either government sites (Federal, state, military) or other resources (commercial, non-profit, educational). The sites listed under the other resources category are maintained by other public and private organizations.


TryScience - Interactives for Children

http://www.tryscience.org/home.html

TryScience.org is your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide. Science is exciting, and it's for everyone! That's why TryScience and over 400 science centers worldwide invite you to investigate, discover, and try science yourself.

TryScience is brought to you through a partnership between IBM Corporation, the New York Hall of Science (NYHOS), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and science centers worldwide.

New interactive content is added regularly to these areas:

Adventure: Thematic interactive experience
Experiments: Hands-on (offline) activities with an online component
Field Trips: Interactive science center features, plus a science center locator
Curious?: Short polls and activities based on a hot topic question, plus related news links
Live Cams: Live views from webcams at science and technology centers worldwide

Visit often and explore the resources science centers contribute to this site!

Interactives for Kids - Wonderville

http://www.wonderville.ca/

About wonderville

Wonderville is a fun, interactive destination for kids to discover the exciting world of science. This award-winning site encourages exploration and curiosity, while helping kids discover how much fun science can be.

Who provides wonderville.ca?

Wonderville is brought to you by Mindfuel formerly (Science Alberta Foundation), a non-profit organization committed to increasing science literacy and awareness. Edacity develops engaging resources that bring math and science to life and foster an enthusiasm for science and technology.

Game

Adventure through the wide selection of more than 30 games at wonderville. Building science knowledge has never been so much fun! These exciting games, designed with leading learning techniques, will have kids learning challenging concepts without even knowing it.

Activities

Need a way to bring more science into your kid’s life? Look to our activities section. We have a wide selection of science crosswords, word search puzzles and printable activity sheets that will turn science into a fun adventure at home!

Videos

For kids wondering how they will ever use science, there are videos that explore real-life applications of science concepts. Many videos provide an exciting behind the scenes look at science-based careers for those kids exploring a world full of fascinating careers.

Comics

Laughing at our comics is a great way to learn engaging science facts. Kids will be able to not only better understand a topic but also see how science is present into their everyday lives.

The Science Content

While having fun with wonderville’s games, activities, videos and comics, kids will be presented with interesting science facts. Of course, all of these facts are vetted by experts to ensure accuracy.

What is the cost to use wonderville.ca?

Free! There is no cost to use all of the amazing resources available on wonderville.ca. This site is made possible by grants from MindFuel sponsors and donors.



Computer Interactive Activities for Student from UEN (Utah Education Network)

Bitesize from the UK - Interactives for Children

Science Kids - Fun Science & Technology for Kids!

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities.html
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

Science Kids is the home of science & technology on the Internet for children around the world.
Learn more about the amazing world of science by enjoying our fun science experiments, cool facts, online games, free activities, ideas, lesson plans, photos, quizzes, videos & science fair projects.


Interactive Learning Sites for Education

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/science.html

A collection of links to intereactive educational websites that include simulations, experiments, games, etc.


PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, math, and earth science simulations

https://phet.colorado.edu/

Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET™ project at the University of Colorado.

PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. We believe that our research-based approach- incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing- enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world.

To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)

To ensure educational effectiveness and usability, all of the simulations are extensively tested and evaluated. These tests include student interviews in addition to actual utilization of the simulations in a variety of settings, including lectures, group work, homework and lab work. Our rating system indicates what level of testing has been completed on each simulation.

All PhET simulations are freely available from the PhET website and are easy to use and incorporate into the classroom. They are written in Java and Flash, and can be run using a standard web browser as long as Flash and Java are installed.  (Source)


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free iOS App: Explore the Heart in 3D

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explore-the-heart-in-3d/id520392909?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Heart 3D is a learning activity which provides an immersive learning experience. You can learn about the structure and functions of human heart along with various factors affecting the normal functioning of the heart. With supporting text information and audio, along with “rotation” and “pinch to zoom” interactivities on the heart, it makes it much easier to visualize the human heart and understand its functioning.

Free iOS App: Math Champ

https://edshelf.com/tool/math-champ-for-teachers

Looking for a way to help students enjoy maths and improve their results?

Math Champ is a challenging and innovative quiz game designed for classrooms that your kids will go nuts over - any student with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch can compete head to head - at the same time - to become to the class Math Champ.

Here’s how it works:
To play Math Champ you need this app (the SERVER or HOST) and 1 or more students who have the client installed on their iPad or iPhone.

Class list management
When you first load Math Champ Host - you’ll need to create a class and add your class list to it. This can be done in the settings area and takes just a few minutes. When play begins, students can connect to your class and choose their own own Avatar to be used in play.

Hundreds of quiz questions
The only other thing you need to do before play kicks off is to select some game content - select the grade and the difficulty level and Math Champ will do the rest...

When each quiz starts the HOST will automatically generate a quiz set randomly from thousands of available questions (based on common curricular standards). Math Questions are sent to each client device in real time as play unfolds... Creating a weekly class math quiz has never been easier!

Starting play
When your class is ready to roll, tap on "Start Quiz". NOTE: If you have a HDMI cable or Apple TV, you can also enhance play by using an external display to show the Math Champ leaderboard during play.

Gameplay
Each question has a set amount of time to be answered, and each correct answer also earns a point of each player. There are bonus points for the fastest answer, and/or the first person to answer 5 questions in a row.

The use of game rewards, along with in-game notifications and colorful characters means that even your least interested math students will get a kick out of competing in Math Champ.

The Math Champ
When the quiz is complete, the leading scorer is declared as the Math Champ.. that is until someone else can unseat them.

Valuable metrics
While Math Champ is loads of fun for kids of all ages, teachers can also access valuable student metrics in the class list area, and the host will keep a record of results for all players for every quiz they complete. This data can be easily emailed and exported to a CSV file.

We hope you enjoy using Math Champ - this is the first version of the app, and we plan to release tools to let teachers create their own quiz sets, along with a bunch of other cool features in future versions.

if you have any questions, ideas or feature request, please contact us (support@inkids.com.au)

NOTE: Math Champ can not be played with out the Math Champ Client App.

Google Translate website and free apps for iOS, Android, and Google Chrome

Website: http://translate.google.com/



iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-translate/id414706506?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.translate

Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-translate/aapbdbdomjkkjkaonfhkkikfgjllcleb

Google Translate is a free translation service that provides instant translations between 64 different languages. It can translate words, sentences and web pages between any combination of our supported languages. With Google Translate, we hope to make information universally accessible and useful, regardless of the language in which it's written.


Free iOS, Android, Google Chrome App: Remind 101

Website: https://www.remind101.com/

iOS:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remind101/id522826277?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Android:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.remind101

Chrome:  https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/remind101/jppddpkfhdojffabldnpdacpeoefcljp

Remind101 provides a safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents. It is 100% free and is used by over 500,000 teachers, students and parents to send millions of messages every month.

FAST, SAFE & EASY
  • A teacher communication tool that allows you to message your entire class of students and improve parent involvement.
  • Teachers never see students' phone numbers. Students never see theirs.
  • Students and parents join by sending a text message. No computer needed.
  • As a safety precaution, only one-way messaging is permitted, allowing teachers to send updates and reminders without having to worry about managing another inbox.
  • Great for parent teacher communication: improve parental engagement at the primary school, elementary school, high school or college level.
  • Inclusive classroom communication: students and parents who cannot receive text message notifications may opt in to receive their teachers messages via email.
  • Have an upcoming test or quiz? Schedule text messages to be sent later.
  • According to a recent Harvard study, teacher family communication increased the odds a student completed their homework by 42% (source: http://r101.co/9e07)
  • As safe and easy as teacher student communication could be!

WHAT ARE TEACHERS SAYING?
  • Remind101 revolutionized my approach to parent communication -Jessica D.
  • Love it! Easy. Quick. Unique way of communicating with parents/students -Michael B.
  • Communicating with a click from a mobile device is instant & saves me important teaching time! -Erin K.
  • It has made a HUGE difference for many students in getting homework in on time -Craig N.
  • Improved my students' morale, behavior, AND grades! -Catherine F.

THE GOOD STUFF
  • Unlimited students or parents
  • Unlimited text messaging
  • Works on phones and tablets
  • 100% free
  • No ads, ever.
  • As seen in NBC, NPR, Huffington Post, Edutopia, Edweek
  • Ideal for K-12, higher ed, coaches, professors, principals, and more

Free iOS, Android, Chrome App: Class Dojo

iPAD: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/classdojo/id552602056?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4



iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/classdojo/id552602056?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Android:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.classdojo.android

Google Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/classdojo/pbinoojbbajacmkigmfnkclhgjnglpon

Edmodo Community: https://www.edmodo.com/publisher/classdojo

ClassDojo makes it easy to keep my students alert and on-task.

Improve student behavior and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback.

Print or email beautiful behavior reports to easily engage parents and staff.

Save time by recording behaviors and accomplishments right in class, with just one click: NO extra data entry required.