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Secondary Science - Internet Links for ICT in Science
Module 8 Contents
  1. Internet links
  2. Discussion
  3. Task 8

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Internet links

This page is for sharing news and comments about Internet links that you have found helpful in teaching science. Please e-mail details of web sites, together with a brief review of how you have used them and how effective they were, to your tutor. The details will then be added to this page.

With so many sites to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start, so for a good introduction and discussion on science teaching with the Internet click here for the Becta science web pages first.


Course documents  

Activity Planner
Sample of Work for Individual Pupil
Work Sample and Assessment Sheet
Teacher Evaluation
Rich Text Format (.rtf) versions of these documents from the booklet "Ideas for integrating ICT into the primary and secondary classroom" (published by Lewisham Education and Community Services). They can be downloaded and then edited in most word processing packages.
Active Science GlaxoSmithKline Active Science site. Contains a wealth of material suitable for ages 5+ to 14+. Needs flash.
ASE web site The web site for the Association for Science Education. This includes a whole range of useful material, including a set of reviews of useful web sites.
BBC Bitesize Revision Bite sized revision topics from the BBC
BECTa CD-ROM reviews A searchable, comprehensive and well detailed set of reviews of a wide range of educational CD-ROMs available for use in science.
Becta Educational Software Database A comprehensive and growing database of educational software.
CASE CASE (Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education) is an intervention strategy which is a combination of curriculum tasks and teaching methodology. The curriculum tasks are designed to challenge children's present concepts of science and present them with problems that they are unable to solve using their current mental strategies.
The teaching methodology involves specific management of classes so that every child participates in constructing ideas while working on task in small groups; listening while these ideas are shared in whole-class discussion; justifying and explaining the ideas, events and concepts met in the tasks. By allowing for this to happen there are opportunities for the teacher to continually challenge childrens' present ideas, concepts and events experienced.
Crocodile Clips Simulation packages for Technology, Physics and Chemistry, with free demos available from the web site
Dorling Kindersley Books and encyclopaedias available on line

Contains information about software packages which are educational in nature, available in the UK and targeted at the pre-school to further education market.  There are facilities to search for key words, age range and by national curriculum subject.


Interactive periodic table.


Powers of Ten - View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth, down logarithmically to the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.


Some nice online activities covering topics on Genetics, Palaeontology and Astrology from the American Museum of Natural History's interactive website, to access some of the online activities you have to go through a simple log in procedure, it doesn't take ages but you should do this before you start.


Near Earth Object Map - this shows an up to date map of the solar system displaying the orbits of the terrestrial planets, and the estimated position of thousands of known asteroids.


Science images for educational use including; School science, Energy and Environment Clip Art, Science Fun Clip Art and NASA Images


Some Biology lessons from San Diego State University


Science Zone.  - an educational resource for teaching science in the key stage 2 primary science curriculum but some useful materials and ideas including pupil activities for secondary pupils.


Energy quest - Energy Education from the California Energy Commission web site with projects, puzzles and information on energy and energy-related issues, a range of levels of difficulty including work relevant at KS3.

Risk Assessment for Toxic Air Pollutants: A Citizen's Guide, a detailed article on pollution written for a general audience and ideal for KS4 discussion/research work

An educational publisher’s commercial web site with some excellent interactive samples for downloading.


Friends of the Earth pollution monitoring - Factory Watch gives you the facts about pollution from UK factories from post codes.


A number of excellent biological simulations, some suitable mainly for ‘A’ level but others could be used for GCSE.







Information and evaluations/ideas for the Intelplay QX3 digital microscope predominantly directed to KS2 but much useful material and opportunities for older pupils.


A range of information supporting learners in biology: cell biology, biochemistry, ecology, and a range of topics in chemistry, physics, astronomy and earth science.  Formerly chem4kids and biology4kids.


Presented here is an archive of data on 86 twentieth century women who have made original and important contributions to physics.  The citations describe and document their major contributions and provide biographical information pertaining to the scientific lives of the women.


Physics tutorials with animations.


Some useful revision pages for GCSE and A level Biology, Physics and Chemistry among other thing.


Some useful information, experiments (including downloadable ones) and tests; not all appropriate to the national curriculum and some at advanced level but some useful stuff.


The site gives users an interactive experience, showing some applications of the science that they learn in school.  All the pages have some sort of interactivity, such as a glossary entry or a question to test themselves.  However, some of the pages have extra features, which use some of the more up to date technology of the web and the latest browsers.


Scientific American on-line

http://www.sci-journal.org/index.php Sci-Journal features reports on a huge range of science investigations, practical work and labs.
In these reports you can read what other people have done, how they did it, what results they got, and what they think these results mean!

The web site for Science Year 2001 with news, events, experiments, case studies and software to download


‘Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab’, a source of free science experiments for parents, teachers, and children of all ages.


Techniquest in Cardiff, the UK's first purpose-built science discovery centre, interactive scientific activities, suitable for KS3.

ICTeachers A support site for teachers. Look at the science sections in the teachers' pages for links to web resources, and the 'Resources Vault' for downloadable resources.
Philip Harris Supplier of dataloggers
Roger Frost's Home Page Support for Science Teachers, with many curriculum ideas.
Schools on Line The science pages of this excellent site provide a wealth of useful ideas and links. The project is no longer supported, so the 'Ask a Scientist' section can only be used to look up previous answers, but it is still well worth exploring.
STEM Project This is a project run by the Science Museum to encourage pupils and teachers to write educational resources as web pages about the Science Museum. There are currently over 300 indexed entries about the various galleries and exhibits on a searchable database.
T@LENT discussion group This is the discussion group you can use to share ideas, ask questions and get to know your fellow teachers online.
TEEM Teachers Evaluating Educational Multimedia - independent evaluations of CD-ROMs and other software.
Unilab Supplier of dataloggers
VTC Science area Part of the Virtual Teacher Centre. Provides extensive support for all aspects of using ICT in Science, including materials and links, and a conference area. Worth exploring.
Website reviews Some useful science web site reviews indexed by Key Stage and NC strand.
Internet Search Tools  
Yahoo UK & Ireland Uses a catalogue system for looking for web sites associated with your key words. Good for school and business sites and for sports/hobbies. Does not search the contents of pages.
Alta Vista Excellent general purpose search engine. Searches may be entered by keywords or in plain language.
Debriefing A good meta-search engine which uses the top seven search engines and returns a swift best match list of up to around 50 references.
DejaNews A useful search tool for finding information contained in newsgroup messages rather than web pages. This can be useful for teacher research but is probably not useful for pupils.
Book details  
Datalogging in Practice Roger Frost's guide to using datalogging in a secondary science department.
Datalogging and Control Roger Frost's introduction to using datalogging, with lots of good examples and experiments.

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The T@LENT conference for secondary science includes threads that might be useful in this discussion.

How might ICT in science education develop over the next five years? Discuss this with departmental colleagues and others, and read a range of articles on the state of ICT in science.

It is useful to look at developments in technology and its applications, but it is important to see this in a professional light, and to look for new opportunities in science to enhance the teaching and learning that already takes place. Equally, developments that do not support learning should be scrutinised as to their worth to learners in science.

Explore with departmental colleagues to what extent and in what directions ICT might develop. Consider how these might impact on the work of science teachers and learners and how they might be accommodated in your department.

Speculate on how access to ICT in science might change in ease and extent of use, and how the roles of teachers and learners might change. These will include both desirable and undesirable changes. Consider both laboratory work and field work.





Task 8

To complete your NOF Training you will finally need to submit an Action Plan and your Portfolio in order to receive your ICT Competency Certificate.


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