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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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When is a school ripe for technology?

Inspired by the latest A New Hope (?) post by Young Force and the K to 12 plan put to test article from inquirer news about K12 being introduced into educational system in the Philippines, I decided to ramble a bit about how school priorities should be set, especially when it comes to being ready for new technology solutions implementations.

Judging by the nature of business that my company is involved in – Educational eSolutions – you might expect me to say “Anytime is good for technology, look around you, you’re probably far behind other schools in this respect anyway”. Well, I’m even far from thinking this. As The Byrds put it in a song “To everything […] there is a season”.

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The blog post and article I mentioned made me wonder why DepEd (Department of Education) in the Philippines misunderstood school and educators clear shortages/needs and cares more about adjusting to foreign standards (K12, although successful in many countries and long due here, is not inherent to this country’s education tradition) in times of obvious structure and resource-based crisis. While educators continue to point out crucial problems like “lack of classrooms and overcrowding and, in some areas, learning the basics under a tree or in flooded schools”, the government answers with a blind-pick solution: a structure reform. And let’s assume it may even be implemented effectively and without major bureaucracy issues, but old problems will prevail leaving the kids even further behind compared to the rest of the world.

The truth is, although many politicians dealing with education have clear and noble intentions, sometimes their solutions turn out to be too complex or even impossible to deliver. Sometimes a crucial school decision, for example implementing new technology (like digital records, whiteboards or projectors) can be taken too early, which leaves the school with technology that’s not being used properly (or at all, in fact) and students who might benefit more from additional traditional classes but there’s no money left in the budget.

Season for change?

When talking about education one important fact seems to be missing far too often. It’s all about the kids, the students and their potential to be driven to maximum. If a school is ready for changes it should definitely change (for better, of course) but with a bulletproof strategy. And this means, among others, making sure that the learning conditions are decent – otherwise we might see bunch of K12 students cramped around a teacher with a laptop under a tree as well.

Further read:

Insight on the planned reform – Smartparenting

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