Image Source – adapted from Ryan Wick
This week the Year 8 Science class will submit their 60-second science videos to be entered into the national competition. Each of the videos submitted have been uploaded to TeacherTube and can be viewed by clicking on the links below. The next topic is Space – stars, comets and asteroids in our solar system.
Rachel and Kirsten’s “How to make a Rainbow” video
Luke’s “How does a Wind Turbine Work?” Video
Jess’s video about “Oil Spills and Wildlife”
Josh and Cody’s “How a Star is Born” video
Georgia and Maddy’s “Phases of the Moon” video
Year 6/7 students will complete their “Forces” project – a poster or video about the actions of forces. The best of these videos have also been uploaded to TeacherTube and can be viewed by clicking on the links below. The next topic is Electricity. Students will learn what is important about electric circuits, how to make a switch and then construct a simple torch from basic materials (cardboard tube, wire, paperclips, globe, aluminium foil and tape.)
Aaron and Jim’s movie
James and Nick’s Forces Video
Nathan’s Pivot animation about Forces
James C.’s Forces movie with Pivot
Jayden’s Forces Video
Stephanie’s Forces movie
Elly’s Forces video
Emalee’s animal forces video
Shannon’s Forces video
Kiri’s Forces video
This term we have been studying the elements of the periodic table, comparing elements and their compounds and discovering the properties of metals and non-metals. Find out more about the elements at the Interactive Periodic Table. This site, The Periodic Table of Videos, has videos with experiments and information about most of the naturally occuring 92 elements. The Minerals Council of Australia have some excellent resources to help our learning about the earth’s minerals, including “Oresome Froth” (how metals are extracted from their ores) and “Metals Matter” (use a virtual metal detector to discover the metal composition of everyday household objects). While I am on the Year 6/7 camp at Roses Gap this week you can explore the above sites and revise for the test which will be on March 12th.
After the earthquake off the coast 0f Chile this weekend, you may be interested in this animation from the BBC which shows how eathquakes cause tsunamis.
Beth Still from the Nebraska Educators Network follows Will Richardson on Twitter, which had a link to this great site for chemistry teachers: The Periodic Table of Videos – short videos about each of the elements of the periodic table. So I’ve been back to Twitter and found some friends, and now I think I understand better how it works. It seems nothing I try really takes off the first time – I need a few months to let the idea brew – perhaps until I see a purpose for it – and then go back to it. It just seems to reinforce that learning is best done on an ‘as-needs’ basis. Make it relevant, authentic and interesting.
This video was filmed, using my Panasonic digital camera, at home on the farm. I used “Audacity” to create an audio file for the commentary. These files were combined using Windows Moviemaker and uploaded to Teachertube. This cannot be done from home, as the connection speed is to slow and the upload times out. So, thanks Jess! Another check point along the way on my web 2.0 journey. If it’s not showing here, try going to Teachertube: http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=732ed6e2244e073b5987