Tagged: interactive

Learning about Angles

Churchill island shed

Farm shed at Churchill Island, off Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

In term 2, Year 6/7 students will be starting a unit on Angles. Why is it important to learn how to identify, measure, draw and name angles? You can see in the picture above that angles are all around us in the built environment. Here are just some of the jobs where knowing about angles is necessary: Architect, Builder, Carpenter, Cartographer, Engineer, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Landscape Gardener, Pattern-maker, Pilot, Surveyor and Welder. Sportspeople, such as golfers, soccer players and snooker players also use angles. Perhaps you can think of some others? Please add them to the comment space below.

Over the next few weeks your class will be working in three groups, rotating through diferent activities. One group will be working on Rotograms, another group will be using their netbooks to explore some ICT tasks and the third group will be doing teacher-led activites with me. You will need a protractor, a ruler and a compass for this unit of work. If you are in the ICT group you can choose from the following activites: The Year 7 Maths and Science wiki has links to sites where you can learn more about angles. If you go to the FUSE site and search for the resource package 4J2LK7, you will find some more interactive games and learning tasks to use on your netbooks. BBC KS3 Bitesize has Revision pages, an activity and a test about angles. For each of the sites you visit, you should write a short review of how helpful the activity was for your learning.

  • What did you learn?
  • Was the activity easy or challenging?
  • Would you recommend the site for other students wanting to learn about angles?
  • How would you rate the site out of 10? (where 10/10 is awesome!)

Animations for Biology students and teachers

Screen capture from EduAnim

I was collecting some resources for my year 11 Biology class when I came across this great new site, eduAnim. The Centre for Scientific Visualization (CSV), produces scientific and educational software projects containing animations in virtual reality about the structure and function of the cell, tissue, human body and other topics from the field of biology. They develop products helping to learn about those topics in biology that are hard to be understood from the textbooks only. The software package “Cell-Tissue-Human Body” recognized the Ministry of Education of Slovenia as an official educational tool in slovene schools. Its English version can be seen also here. It has been selected for inclusion in the Awesome Library, a collection of the top 5% of sites in the field of K-12 education and nominated for the Stockholm challenge award.

Year 7 Maths activities

What’s nanotechnology?


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A nanometre is one-billionth of a metre – the scale that scientists measure atoms and molecules on. Nanotechnology is the study of the properties and behaviour of particles at a nano-scale. SHINE is a Melbourne-developed nanotechnology education resource designed to inspire teachers and students about science and technology in 2008 and into the future.  SHINE is dynamic and interactive, with regular updates to reflect and include new research and industrial applications of nanotechnology, particularly those in the Victorian arena.  To keep up to date with more ‘nano’ news from Melbourne, check out the Nanovic Website.

On Borrowed Time

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Similar to my last post, this is another on-line resource for learning how to manage our environment. The CSIRO has developed two interactive eco-challenges for students, under the heading “On Borrowed Time”. You can play the role of a farmer managing a sustainable farm while still making a profit or be a forest ranger balancing the needs of five vulnerable species while preserving the jobs of local people.

There are four inquiry-based teaching and learning units (Adaptations, Forests, Fire and Farming) each with English, Maths and Science activities. David Lindenmayer has based this learning resource on his book titled “On Borrowed Time”.