Top resources for science teachers
Teaching the sciences provides a terrific opportunity for teachers to mix theory and practical work, incorporating a range of resources in the process.
From helpful teaching guides to engaging apps, here's an array of top resources for science teachers that have the power to boost attainment among pupils and enhance their love of chemistry, physics and biology in the process.
The STEM Collection
With free-to-access resources covering both primary level science and secondary level science, the STEM Collection has the essentials for science teachers. From the basics of plants, light and forces in the primary collection to a break down by subject at secondary level, the resources are checked by teaching staff to ensure they are fun, engaging and relevant.
Science teachers can help pupils to unravel the complex biology behind protein docking with BioBlox, developed by scientists at two leading London Universities. The Tetris-style app provides a fun take on the intricate subject matter, enabling pupils to see how medicines and vitamins bind onto complex proteins in the body.
Bold graphics and engaging gameplay look into the process of settling on new planets in TerraGenesis. The app turns the universe into a playground, a biosphere simulator where pupils can develop their own functioning ecosystem and manage organisms to ensure they thrive. While there are in-app purchases, the main app is free to use.
TES (formerly Times Educational Supplement)
For a set of interactive quizzes and engaging classroom plans, TES has an array of free resources and others that can be paid for. Results can be refined by age range too, meaning science teachers can select resources that are suitable for their specific classes, including work for cover lessons, essential wallcharts and revision materials.
A set of different Explorer apps from TinyBop look into the basics of science, providing primary pupils with a means of discovering more about plants, the human body, the Earth, space, mammals and more. The interactive scenes are available in a range of languages and can be a valuable resource for those looking to cement scientific concepts and encourage exploration of science.
David Attenborough’s Story of Life
The Story of Life app collates more than one thousand of David Attenborough’s great TV moments, with highlights from more than 40 programmes. The incredible collection explores some of the key topics relating to the natural world, including footage from Planet Earth, Blue Planet and Africa. Given the prominence of the climate change discussion in modern society, this app is great for sparking conversation and debate among pupils.
Science Journal by Google
This free digital science notebook provides a number of useful tools for exploring the world of science, as well as having the ability to keep notes, photos and observations in one place. Science Journal by Google uses sensors to create graphs on aspects such as sound, light and motion – making it a handy tool for science teachers to use in the classroom.
The NASA App
Explore the world of space with the NASA App, housing the latest imagery, videos news and mission information. The powerful imagery can be used to explore the main concepts of space, astronomy and even the history of the space organisation, enabling pupils to grasp the key parts of the curriculum.
Pupils can learn about the different parts of the brain with 3D Brain, an interactive app that delves into brain function, disorders, brain damage and the effects of mental illness. An array of modern research is also available, providing a resource for teachers looking to generate classroom discussion and debate.
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