Col Harrison (Street Articles Author)
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Concept Animations - Testing Student Ideas In Science
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a talking picture worth? Stuart Naylor and Brenda Keogh had some outstanding success in the 1990s when they first introduced the idea of concept cartoons in the UK. Their work was based on the premise that students would find it…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   May 11, 2011  
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E Book Readers: Is there A Place for Them In the Science Classroom?
I've recently acquired an e-book reader, a Kindle actually, and now I have one I wonder how I ever survived without it. I am an avid reader. I'm also one of those sad gits who re-reads novels, most especially Agatha Christie novels. And yes, becuase she wrote 70+ of them,…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   May 10, 2011  
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Internet Research - The Copy And Paste Dilemma
What goes around, comes around! It's funny to think that so much is made of the problems of plagiarism these days. The simplicity of copy or cut and paste from a website to an assessment task blinds us to the fact that plagiarism has been occurring for hundreds, if not…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   May 09, 2011  
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First Impressions - Making the Most Of Your Science Presentations
We all know how important it is to make a good first impression. There are two key issues here. Firstly, every subsequent interaction is viewed in the context of that first impression. Secondly you rarely get another chance if the first impression is not a good one. That is why…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   May 08, 2011  
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Excel-lence In Science Education
Looking for a new way to help your students achieve EXCELlence in Science? Look no further than Excel as a great way to help students understand trends, graphs and mathematical relationships. I know we want stduents to learn how to draw graphs, understand x and y axes, explain lines of…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   May 07, 2011  
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Say the Word Im Thinking Of - Using Word In the Science Class
"Say the Word and you'll be free, say the Word and be like me". So sang the Beatles 45 years ago (if you can believe that!) The Word they were singing about was Love, but now the Word is Word, Microsoft Word. There is a considerable discontinuity between the teaching…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   May 05, 2011  
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Integrating Technology Into Science Lessons
Money, money, money. If you were reforming an Education system anywhere in the world, what would you spend all that money on? Would you buy the best quality teachers? Would you research the programs that have proven successful? Would you set up a school based on a tradition model or…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   Mar 29, 2011  
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Web 2 - What Impact Has it Had on Science Teaching?
Why does technology often make you feel like there is a big conspiracy and you are the last one to know? Terms like Web 2.0 are thrown around with such abandon that they are just as likely to be incorporated into the name of a very familiar product without us…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   Mar 28, 2011  
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Mobile Games for Science - the Current State Of Play
Warren Beatty is quoted as saying: “You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play”. Education technology has come a long way as software and hardware manufacturers continually strive for a competitive edge. The growth in sophistication within the PC gaming…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   Mar 22, 2011  
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Effective Multidisciplinary Cohesion
Technology is big business in Education. Laptops, data shows, interactive whiteboards and hand held data devices are becoming increasingly common in schools across the globe. The progress is inevitable, but not equitable and in many cases the technology is lying idle as teachers with limited technological expertise and/or interest struggle…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   Mar 16, 2011  
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Its Not All Roses - Google Has Announced Its Intentions to Spread Into the Social Sphere Aggresively
Luke Skywalker's lament was that his father used his powers for evil, in spite of the fact he felt the…
Web 2 - What Impact Has it Had on Science Teaching?
Why does technology often make you feel like there is a big conspiracy and you are the last one to know?…
A Problem Shared is A Problem Halved - How to Improve Your Powerpoint Slide Show Science Lessons
I've written previously about the impact of presentations in Science lessons and lamented to excuse…
Those Who Understand Teach - How Peer Teaching Can Be Used Effectively In A Biology Class
It is Aristotle who is quoted as saying "those that know do, those that understand teach". Whilst those…
Multiple Metaphors - the Promise And Perils Of Technology In Science
What are your views on 'educational technology'? If there was ever a potential oxymoron, or a phrase…
Excel-lence In Science Education
Looking for a new way to help your students achieve EXCELlence in Science? Look no further than Excel…
Effective Multidisciplinary Cohesion
Technology is big business in Education. Laptops, data shows, interactive whiteboards and hand held…
Mobile Games for Science - the Current State Of Play
Warren Beatty is quoted as saying: “You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether…
Jigsawing - A Creative Way to Learn Some Challenging Concepts
"I want to play a game." Unfortunately the above quote appearing with the word jigsaw is unlikely to…
What About A Wiki - A Web 2 Approach to Assessments In Science
Authentic assessments are an important component of our teaching programs. Ensuring students have experiences…