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Erupting lemons and limes – SALTERS INSTITUTE EXPERIMENT OF THE MONTH
Salters’ Institute Experiment of the Month, designed to bring science and chemistry to life for the whole family. Work as a team of scientists, chemists, designers and more as you let the Salters’ Institute inspire and capture your child’s imagination. The experiments are interactive, accessible and will have you discovering science in the most surprising of places.
Math Anxiety Is Real. Here's How To Help Your Child Avoid It - MindShift
The phrase "number anxiety" was first coined by researchers back in the 1950s. By some estimates, as high as 93 percent of Americans feel some degree of math anxiety. "Neuroscientists have shown recently that for people with math anxiety, a fear center lights up in their brain — the same as when they see snakes and spiders — and the problem- solving center of the brain shuts down," Boaler says. But what can we do as parents to improve our kids' attitudes towards math?
Should senior students in Auckland be in school?
Some Auckland principals feel blindsided and undermined by the Government's surprise decision to let some Year 12 and 13 students return to class. Dr Bronwyn Wood from Victoria University explains why it could be good for students to return, provided the right safety measures in place.
Teaching and learning activities: Everyday science in the early years
A new research-based series encourages early years educators to take advantage of teaching and learning opportunities in everyday activities to improve young children’s scientific knowledge, skills and understanding. Science in the early years, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), includes four free resources that educators can use to develop children’s science inquiry skills and monitor their learning. The step-by-step activities – exploring plants, ...
How to Develop Culturally Responsive Teaching for Distance Learning | KQED
The coronavirus pandemic and school closures across the nation have exposed deep inequities within education: technology access, challenges with communication, lack of support for special education students, to name just a few. During this crisis, there are still opportunities to provide students with tools to help them be independent learners, according to Zaretta Hammond, author of "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain."
@home — OTAGO MUSEUM
Your museum, in your home... We're bringing the Museum to you!. Virtually at least... Be entertained and inspired during this strange time, and perhaps also see your museum in a different light. It’s not the same as the physical experience of being surrounded by our collection and knowledgeable staff, but it will bring the Museum into your home while you can’t get very far out of it.
Out now: a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler - Nosy Crow
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from 2 head teachers and a child psychologist. The book answers key questions in simple language...
7th Grade Science - Science Over Everything
Life Science Trophic Levels Engage Video: Marine Food Webs (National Geographic) Vocab: Trophic Levels (Quizlet) Explore Article: Marine Food Webs (Science Learning Hub) Hyperdoc: Trophic Levels (CK-12) Interactive: Antarctic Food Web Game (PBS Learning Media) Energy Pyramid Practice Worksheet (Cobb County Schools) Interactive: Marine Ecosystem Food Web (C.O.O.L. Classroom/Rutgers University) Interactive: Model Ecosystems (Glencoe/McGraw Hill) Explain At-Home Lab: Building an Energy Pyramid...
Science at Home with The Cawthron Institute: pH experiment
Kia ora citizen scientists! Our first Science at Home webisode involves a really cool experiment that you can do at home – all you need is a red cabbage and some basic kitchen equipment. This experiment teaches us about pH measurement and helps us to tell the difference between things that are acidic and alkaline. Please feel free to share the results of your experiment with us via Facebook: facebook.com/cawthron
Engaging junior learners and whānau from home
Ko koe ki tēna, ko āhau, ki tēnei kiwai o te kete. You take that handle of the kete and I’ll take this one. Teaching and learning is all a bit of a puzzle right now; not a simple child’s one with only one place where each piece fits, but more like a Wasgij puzzles where we can’t see the finished picture and are unsure how long it will take to complete. Thankfully we do have many clues: We can draw on our understanding of how our junior primary ākonga learn,...
The Great Zoom-School Experiment
Across the world, students and parents are involved in a vast cyber-education experiment. Public schools in 46 U.S. states have closed, and New York City’s 1.1 million public-school students have moved to remote learning, many using iPads and Chromebooks distributed by the city. Day-care centers were doing sing-alongs and circle time via video chat. Parents were moonlighting as technical assistants and home-school instructors. (Many were Tweeting bleak updates: “All control has been lost...
The whole of NZ is now on Level 4 Covid19 lockdown, in self-isolation to slow the spread of the virus. It can be a scary and stressful time. One way to briefly reach past the worry is to pull out the iNaturalist app, or your camera, and focus on nature. This is a project to celebrate nature at home, while we all do our part to save lives by slowing the spread of Covid19. Focus on the moment by exploring, connecting with, and sharing nature and try to switch off from all the stress and worry.
A tutorial on how to make your own fabric face mask from common household materials. Guidance on whether to wear a face mask has been evolving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently advises against healthy people wearing masks but is reviewing its guidance. Part of the problem is that people often wear masks incorrectly, pulling them aside for a variety of reasons, and air can get in easily around the edges.
The Magic of Your Mindset: Part 1 - Institute of Professional Learning (IPL)
By Chris Henderson, Associate Director, Te Whai Toi Tangata, University of Waikato, and Co-Chair, INEE Teachers in Crisis Contexts Collaborative. Five takeaways from this series: 1. The quality of learning experienced by children and adolescents is dependent on your own mental health and wellbeing; have self-care strategies in place before you need them. 2. For the foreseeable future, we are creating a new normal rather than returning to normal; use this time of limitation and change to ...
How to get kids out in the wild while staying at home
There’s never been a better time to connect our tamariki with nature than now. Paul Ward, co-founder of the gamified learning platform Wild Eyes, explains how. Thanks to Covid-19, cabin fever is on the curriculum for primary and intermediate school kids and their parents. Keeping Kiwi kids active, curious (and awake!) during lockdown – let alone keeping up to speed with schooling – will present a serious whānau challenge. Screen time is going to be irresistible. It’ll be a vital tool...
Citizen science: how you can contribute to coronavirus research without leaving the house
As Australians try to maintain social engagement during self-isolation, citizen science offers a unique opportunity. Defined as “public participation and collaboration in scientific research”, citizen science allows everyday people to use technology to unite towards a common goal – from the comfort of their homes. And it is now offering a chance to contribute to research on the coronavirus pandemic. With so many of us staying home, this could help build a sense of community where we may ...
Join 300,000 Girls Who Code today!
We know that parents, educators, and girls are looking for support and connection during these challenging times. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to school closures and significant disruption to daily life, Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them. We will release activities weekly — some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty—over the course of the next few months.