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NEN Science Resource 14-19/Further Education

November 9th, 2008 by Andrew

A list of current NEN resources for 14-19 Science – http://www.nen.gov.uk/


Barnaby and Belinda Bear
This is a colourful interactive resource containing curriculum-linked activities for children in Reception and Year 1 classes .

Climate Change Portal
A one-stop shop for all climate change resources

Clips
The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free  from inappropriate material.
 

Copyright website
NEN launches a new website for schools ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’

 
NEN has launched a new website and guidance on ‘Copyright in the Digital Age’ to support UK schools.www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk 
 
Schools are increasingly using digital resources and applications, not just as users of other people’s materials but also as creators of new materials and applications.
Copyright has a significant role across the curriculum and in schools’ wider community activities:
 

While we are all used to copyright as users or consumers we can often be unsure what is ‘OK’ for education use and what is not
Digital technologies, in particular schools’ VLE, IWB systems and websites, have brought to the foreground the ‘reuse’ of other people’s copyright materials
The extension of the virtual school to include the home and anywhere/anytime access through mobile devices is today as much a copyright consideration as the school location itself
Schools are also in effect publishers and distributors of copyright materials, as schools increasingly use networks, ‘cloud services’ and activities such as ‘podcasting’
Copyright is an aspect of E-Safety
And last, but far from least, ‘copyright’ for creators – an aspect that is highlighted by the widespread use of websites, cams and imaging devices, teacher and student produced presentations and resources and will be significant in the new ICT curriculums with their increasing focus on developing ‘code’ 

‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ brings together information about copyright and licensing from a school’s point of view with introductions to the UK regulations, school licences, open licences such as ‘Creative Commons’, and how they work for schools and young people. 
 
There are also sections on ‘Good Practice’ covering: School Policy, Training and CPD, Risk Management and annotated lists of other resources relevant to UK schools and what colleagues in Europe and other countries are doing. There is also a case study on how ‘Wikipedia’ manages copyright. 
 
Early feedback regarding this resource appreciated the detailed introductions but requested some kind of ‘speedy intro’ to it all, so ‘Quickstart’ was provided – though even here ‘Copyright’ remains somewhat complex as the rules differ media to media and with each different situation that pupils and teachers engage in day to day, in and beyond school. FAQs and Quizzes in the main sections provide alternative routes into the issues of copyright. 
 
There is also a ‘Student View’ of copyright which considers the issues in terms of specific media – websites, images, film, music, etc. – and provides another way into the subject. 
 
A ‘News and Updates’ feature on the homepage keeps schools abreast of the developments in UK copyright – and there are likely to be some significant changes in the next year or two. Since the Gowers Review of Copyright in 2006, NEN has responded to consultations about copyright providing a voice for schools and is currently preparing its response to the final consultation following the recent Hargreaves Review of last year. 
 
Further materials and case studies will be introduced in the coming months.
  
Links 
  
‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’: www.copyrightsandwrongs.nen.gov.uk  
 
Latest Copyright News: http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/news/item/98-uk-copyright-review-2011  
 
NEN ‘View of Copyright’ and the ‘Copy Rights and Wrongs’ project:http://copyrightsandwrongs.e2bn.org/component/k2/item/82?layout=item  
 
NEN: www.nen.gov.uk
  
Contact: Marshall Mateer: marshall.mateer@btinternet.com
  
12th January 2012

 


Describing motion
The activities proposed develop various aspects of motion from very basic concepts and then move to high level concepts in a natural and gradual progression.

The pedagogy behind this idea is that we wanted to create a resource that learners could use at whatever stage of their development and ability. Teachers can download single sessions, but please bear in mind that the resource was designed as a progression through Key Stages and ability.

Whole resource (online version)

What is speed? (online version) –> Red

Velocity (online version) –> Orange

Velocity and Vectors (online version) –> Yellow

Acceleration (online version) –> Green

Motion Graphs (online version) –> Blue

Linear Acceleration (online version) –> Indigo

Projectiles (online version) –> Violet


Discovery Box
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Energy, Electricity and Radiation
A series of resources including video, animation and whiteboard materials that address the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works within the GCSE specifications. The theme of these units is energy, temperature and the transfer of heat energy and the focus is on the applications and implications of science.

Resources are available as separate files and can be downloaded individually or as a whole within a zip file.


Flashmeeting
FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash ‘plug in’ and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The ‘booker’ passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.
During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the ‘unique’ replay url.
FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.

Forces
An interactive set of resources to cover most aspects of Forces, Moments and Pressure at all levels of development and ability.
We believe this resource will be a great asset for the teaching of Forces at all levels, from KS3 to KS5. This resource covers a wide range of topics and brings examples, games and interactive activities that really enhance the learning experience of pupils.
 
- What are forces (online version) –> red section
- Balanced and Unbalanced Forces (online version) –> Orange
- Newton’s Laws (online version) –> Yellow
- Types of Forces (online version) –> Green
- Free body diagrams (online version) –> blue
- Pressure (online version) –> Indigo
- Moment of a force (online version) –> Violet

Higher Order Thinking Skills
Online activities on the theme of Riverside Regeneration, including an overview of Higher Order Thinking Skills.

Imagine
Explore Imagine, a website showcasing 15,000
images of objects and paintings celebrating North East culture.

NEN Gallery
A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.

Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.


Study Skills
Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings – Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.

The EYE Project
Find out about wildlife in the North East and record
your own sightings online! The EYE Project enables people to play an
active role in recording wildlife and landscapes in the North East.

The Stern Storm
A comprehensive and wide ranging resource for 16+ students based on the Stern Review on the economics of climate change.

The Weather Station
The Weather station application provides a numbered diagram of the NEN weather station to illustrate and describe each component, helping children to understand the elements included in collecting data for weather monitoring.

Xeno
Xeno (providing on-line learning and support for young people and those caring for them)

Xeno is a co-operative venture for members of SEGfL and Uniservity. We are building a ‘virtual learning community’ of professionals and young people that enables resources to be jointly developed and encourages co-operative learning.

‘Personalised learning’ will put the learner at the centre of provision and give every child access to online tools. Xeno is an online environment that will act as a virtual school for children who are disconnected from normal schooling. Schools and local authorities generally struggle to maintain levels of achievement with these groups and research recommends catch-up support and independent/individual learning opportunities out of school. SEGfL proposes to facilitate the combination of local authority efforts so that resources can be jointly developed or procured, good practice can be shared and children can store and retrieve their work and learning records

Xeno will become a focal point of opportunity for pupils going in and out of mainstream education and an opportunity for local authorities to support their own pupils but also to contribute towards the whole in terms of content, materials and staffing. It will be of particular interest to staff and children in pupil referral units, hospital and home tuition services, young offenders’ institutions, teenage parents’ units, young carers’ organisations, home education organisations and looked after children’s services as it will create a virtual community for these, often isolated, professionals. It could also be used by schools to support pupils that are temporarily excluded.

Through its partnership with Uniservity and using the cLc, Xeno will work closely with the relevant professionals to provide:

• Learning Platform functionality with secure, remote access and online storage.
• Links to a wide range of resources to provide curriculum materials, including the internet.
• Links to schemes of work that can guide students through a variety of curriculum objectives.
• Provision of an e-Portfolio that can be stored, updated and retrieved.
• Personal space for students to store and retrieve their work.
• Interaction with tutors (issue tasks, hand-in work, feedback grades and comments).
• Dialogue with tutors (leave questions and get answers).
• Dialogue with other students (a virtual school community).
• All in a safe, secure, on-line environment.

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