Have you just started your career as an educator? In these first few weeks of classes, those of you new to teaching probably have plenty of questions. Luckily there’s a wealth of information online: But how do you know whether it’s a good and useful resource? Where to start? Vanessa Fay is president of SASTA (SA Science Teachers Association) and has shared her top 6 resources with us. She is part of a new series within the Early Career Hub where we are going to share the top resources of experienced educators and edupreneurs. In the next couple of weeks you will find great links to certain learning areas and also general planning links.
For me some of the most useful resources for science are:
1. Scootle: http://www.scootle.edu.au
A great site with lots of well-prepared material that engages students in learning in a variety of ways. You also know that Scootle ideas have been successful in the classroom and align with the Australian Curriculum. While I get lots of science ideas from Scootle it also covers all learning areas across all year levels.
2. Physorg: https://phys.org/
A great site for Year 10,11,12 science, physics, chemistry, biology, geology and astronomy. I like this site because it has such interesting and up-to-date ideas, scientifically relevant content and takes you to new discoveries.
3. Purplemath: https://www.purplemath.com/
A good site for maths for years 10, 11, 12. Really interesting and detailed explanations.
4. Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/
This site is so full of contemporary ideas, interesting new research and has a broad spread of content. Really good for year 10,11,12 but also for science ideas for many year levels.
5. Wired: https://www.wired.com/
Exciting site that looks into the future including artificial intelligence and other technological advances. Perfect for years 10,11,12 or anyone interested in science and the future.
6. TED Talks: https://www.ted.com/talks
Where to start – there are so many interesting talks usually less than 20 minutes long that are a great stimulus for learning.