Resources

Below is a list of websites which provide access to teacher and classroom resources. You will find a brief description of the website and a link to the website where you can then undertake a search to identify suitable resources.

 

The Guardian Professional Networks are a collection of community sites that bring professionals together to share ideas, celebrate success and explore the challenges they face in their working lives. Sign up and join the debate.
The teachers network provides access to in depth articles, careers advice, teacher network hubs and resources. To access resources registration with the Guardian website is required which is free of charge.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is committed to making IT good for society. We use the power of our network to bring about positive, tangible change. We champion the global IT profession and the interests of individuals, engaged in that profession, for the benefit of all.
Within the Education Hub BCS post features and blogs to help schools with their approach to teaching digital literacy and empowering their students to be more savvy online. There is also a section on e-safety and digital literacy ideas and tips for practitioners

New Scientist is a weekly science and technology magazine, featuring a selection of the latest news stories from the worlds of science and technology, alongside in-depth features exploring the latest ideas that affect the world and how we understand it. New Scientist online features news, in-depth articles, blogs, opinions and videos.

New Scientist is a weekly science and technology magazine, featuring a selection of the latest news stories from the worlds of science and technology, alongside in-depth features exploring the latest ideas that affect the world and how we understand it. New Scientist online features news, in-depth articles, blogs, opinions and videos.

OPITO supports the oil and gas industry around the world. OPITO aims to inspire learners with a range of curriculum activities. Activities can be filtered by key stage. Topics covered include;

  • Pipelines, a geometry, trigonometry, ‘trial & improvement’ investigation.
  • Energy Drilling Prospects, a three part activity in which pupils will use and develop their mathematic skills in exploring some of the real life mathematical applications of energy drilling prospects.

Maths website provides learners with free access to over 2000 maths videos. The videos have been developed to support KS3-Post 16 learners, enabling them to hear maths concepts as many times as they wish to develop their understanding.

BBSRC is one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils (RCUK). The aim of BBSRC is to lead world-class 21st century bioscience, promoting innovation in the bioeconomy and realising benefits for society within and beyond the UK.
They have developed a range of resources for use by practitioners and learners. Resources are categorised by key stage. Topics include;

  • Build your own cell
  • Practical biofuel activities
  • Science through seeds

Naace is the National Association for all those interested in technology in education. As a professional association, Naace represents the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector at a national and international level, as well as supporting across the sector through conferences, courses and the dissemination of resources, research and reflection.

The Mathematical Association aims to play an important part in forming opinions about maths and maths education. MA runs regular professional development events, provides access to resources and publications.

Education Scotland has developed the NQ Higher Sciences website to support the delivery of the revised Higher courses for Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Human Biology.
Resources include:

  • Teacher notes and learner activities.
  • PowerPoint slides.
  • Film clips and animations.
  • Links to selected resources on other websites.

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.
CERN has produced a range of resources on the subject of particle physics, resources include experiments, interactive resources and recorded lectures.

The UK is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. For this to happen, we need to transform the UK economy while ensuring secure, low-carbon energy supplies to 2050.
In partnership with Involve, Think Global and Sciencewise-ERC, DECC created the My2050 schools classroom toolkit to help practitioners engage students in debates about the energy choices we will have to make to meet our 2050 carbon target, using the My2050 simulation. It is aimed particularly at practitioners of Geography, Science, Maths and Citizenship. It is most suited to students in Key Stages 3 and 4 (age 11–16 years old), but can be adapted for students of different ages. Specific links are made to key strands of the national curriculum.

TAP has been developed by the Institute of Physics (IOP). This website contains detailed ideas and resources for teaching physics to students aged 16–19. The site aims to help those new to teaching this age group, and assumes only a limited access to equipment, resources, and advice from experienced colleagues. It is not intended to constrain the development of other equally valid approaches.
Topics covered include;

  • Electricity
  • Mechanics
  • Energy
  • Astronomy

Launched in 2005 and funded by the Department for Education, Teachers TV was originally a television channel which aimed to provide support for both new and experienced practitioners. Many of the programmes were filmed inside real classrooms, with practitioners sharing good practice and ideas for lessons. There are also popular film clips for use as starters or class activities. Teachers TV ceased to operate in 2011 and left a legacy of 3500 videos covering all national curriculum subjects, of which the STEM related videos are available via the weblink.

TeachPrimaryComputing.org.uk is designed to help all primary practitioners get up to speed with the new curriculum. It includes:

  • Detailed explanation of the key concepts of Computer Science,
  • Glossary of terms
  • Guidance on assessment in the classroom
  • Tried and classroom tested resources submitted by primary teachers to support Computing at both key stage 1 and 2.

Sparxx provides access to the latest news, views, events and opportunities for those interested in creativity, engineering, science, technology and art.
Visitors to the site can sign up to receive a monthly newsletter.

SciberMonkey is currently supported and run by the Society of Biology; it aims to support the teaching and learning of science for 5-14 year olds. Sciber Monkey is a web portal containing the best websites, mapped against key themes and topics found in almost all science curricula. Results can be further refined by selecting the key words for each topic.
Topics covered include;

  • Living processes and what plants need to grow
  • Parts of plant and their function
  • Specialised Cells

Schoolscience provides free learning resources, information and news for science education worldwide. The teacher zone provides access to books, publications, resources and research updates.

A YouTube channel for all things chemistry related. A video for each element of the periodic table has been created. New videos relating to science news and the world of chemistry are added to the site on a weekly basis. The channel has been developed by the School of Chemistry at The University of Nottingham.

The OECD has published a report 'Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection' which examines how learners access to and use of ICT devices has evolved in recent years, and explores how education systems and schools are integrating ICT into students’ learning experiences. Based on results from PISA 2012, the report discusses differences in access to and use of ICT – what are collectively known as the “digital divide” – that are related to students’ socio-economic status, gender, geographic location, and the school a child attends. The report highlights the importance of bolstering students’ ability to navigate through digital texts. It also examines the relationship among computer access in schools, computer use in classrooms, and performance in the PISA assessment.

The Learning Futures learning technologies programme was commissioned and funded by The Education and Training Foundation. The programme ran 2014-2015 to develop the capability and capacity of the education and training workforce to use learning technologies effectively in order to improve outcomes for learners and employers.
The programme has produced resources and processes that will:

  • Support governing bodies and boards, leadership teams and managers to make informed decisions concerning the resourcing and implementation of learning technology
  • Develop the confidence and expertise of practitioners to design effective technology enabled learning opportunities;
  • Support practitioners to work collaboratively with technical teams to deliver effective online learning;
  • Engage employers in the design and delivery of vocational programmes to ensure access to industry-standard technology which supports a clear line of sight to work.

IBM Research provides access to articles on the latest in technology research.

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