What works, what doesn’t : study techniques

I’ve been trying to decipher the original academic paper on this but have found the authors have written a more pupil/teacher friendly version for Scientific American Mind.

I’m going to bring this to our next department meeting-more to raise awareness (I’m a sucker for proper academic research in education) and also publish it on one of our display boards. I am hoping it will really help when our year 11 move on to more revision timetables.

For reference: original academic article is here.


BBC News – Wind farms outstrip nuclear power

BBC News – Wind farms outstrip nuclear power.

And finally on this collection of resources is a BBC news story from earlier in 2014 that shows when wind famrs outstripped nuclear power. The story does make it clear that 8 of the UK’s nuclear reactors were offline at the time, but it’s still an interesting article. I am playing with making it a literacy resource, as a laminated article and skim and scan questions at the bottom.

Simple Real Time Energy Production data

Live Wind Power.

This is a related site to that of the more famous gridwatch website that also uses real time data from the national grid and shows it in graph form. I’ve used this as a starter activity just to get discussion moving on renewable vs non-renewable energy. If you want to get into more detailed discussion, you can direct your students to gridwatch (see next blog post).

Particles in Motion – National STEM Centre

Particles in Motion – National STEM Centre.

This is a collection of interactive materials that was published by the Royal Society of Chemistry a few years ago. You will have to register with the National Stem Centre (but you should do this anyway as there are many more resources available on here!)

It’s just under 400MB file so will take a little while to download. You will then have to unzip the file and run through your PC (you may need a bit of IT support to get it working). It’s proved so popular at our school, we have installed it onto every teachers PC so it can be projected onto their IWB.

It comprises animations, slideshows and videos on the following topics:
States of Matter
Kinetic Theory
Fractional Distillation

Amazing! Giant waterlillies in the Amazon – The Private Life of Plants – David Attenborough – BBC wildlife – YouTube

Amazing! Giant waterlillies in the Amazon – The Private Life of Plants – David Attenborough – BBC wildlife – YouTube.

This is an excellent video, suitable for OCR GCSE Biology Gateway : B2e (adaptation). It’s only 4.26 mins long, and so would make a good discussion point to begin a classroom talk on adaptation within plants.