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How “scientific” is music?

As taken from the December issue of Ionic Magazine:

“In a society where talent shows dominate our TV programmes and we secretly cannot wait for our weekly X factor fix, it is surprising how little we actually know about the science of music. While we’re swinging that leg over the dance floor and belting out to our favourite tune on the karaoke machine, neuroscience is probably the last thing that pops into our minds. But in fact, even humming a melody involves a range of complex cognitive processes, ranging from processing the music and sensory motoric functions such as dancing or balancing to memory storage and retrieval. 

Once belittled as “auditory cheesecake”, the neuroscience of music is a relatively young field that aims at understanding cognitive brain functions and processing, in particular speech, and is gaining increasing attention by scientists. 

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And as such, we are now beginning to understand how music is processed in the brain, and whether it is similar to language processing. It was once thought that the left-brain hemisphere is responsible for language processing, while the right hemisphere is responsible for music processing…”

Read the magazine.

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yTeach.co.uk portal in use – interview with eLearning and Innovations Director

Recently we had the pleasure to host Elaine Cork from Gravesend Grammar School in Kent, England. She gave us insight about the portal usability and suggested new features based on her school’s needs. Watch this interview to find out what’s the history of Gravesend School becoming digital.

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Elementary particles – resource of the week

resourceThis week’s free resource about the elementary particles can be a great introduction to the concept of particle-based world and to the activities of STFC – Large Hadron Collider.

This digital lesson will introduce atoms, nucleons and electrons, strange elementary particles, quarks, antiparticles and antimatter, annihilation and creation and standard model – a great range of topics presented in a varied interactive way.

Now, at the website of the LHC you can find a handy guide to the basic physics concepts – called LHC “Big Questions”. Among others they ask the following:

  1. Why do particles have mass?
  2. How did our universe come to be the way it is?
  3. What kind of Universe do we live in?
  4. What happened in the Big Bang?

Put these questions as tasks for your students and see what answers they can come up with based on their knowledge and the lesson’s input.

The importance of connecting theory and activity with practical knowledge and recent research outcomes is undisputed. Let us know how your students liked the digital lesson and how they coped with LHC Big Questions.

Links:

UK curriculum teachers click here
International teachers click here

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Free resource of the week

Relativity unveiled

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This week we are sharing a great, multimedia-packed class activity about the theory of relativity. It was designed for learners aged 17-19 and is rich in content and different comprehension tests. After completing it your students should be able to:

  • explain the equivalence principle
  • explain how GPS receivers work
  • apply the theory of relativity in everyday situations
  • describe the effects resulting from the general theory of relativity including the deflection of light, the precession of the orbits of planets, the slowing of time and the curvature of space.

Engage, teach, revise

Take advantage of this engaging set using the links below. These resources will be available for free only until Saturday, 23rd of June.

Links:

UK curriculum teachers click here
International teachers click here

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The science behind football

footballWith Euro 2012 football (I mean soccer, of course) tournament well in progress, there is little else that would capture your football-loving pupils attention. One obvious thing it can be used for in the classroom is to introduce topic of probability. With 18 different sets of student activities, yTeach portal makes it easy to go about this not-that-obvious aspect of mathematics. You can click here to view the activities.

But not only math(s) is easier to explain by making a reference to football realities – how else can you explain all the different forces, acceleration, friction, movements and balance if not by taking your class out to the pitch or school yard, playing with them and discussing the science behind it? Naturally, you can also use yTeach resources – like this one – to introduce the subject or give your students the general idea and to review their knowledge when back from the pitch.

Not very common but quite successful in my opinion is the astronomy reference in football prepared for such occasions by our team – you can easily make your students get the big picture of the universe and grasp the dimensions by showing them this neat animation.

And Chemists – be sure to check this brilliant article on chemistryviews.org.

As you can see you can successfully utilize the Euro 2012 hype in your teaching and make your students enjoy learning from it.

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