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5 science facts to amaze your students

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Students can have four, five or even six lessons during a day and some may feel that they are being bombarded with useless, irrelevant or even boring information. However, sometimes, it can take just one interesting fact or exciting anecdote to capture a student’s interest and ignite their passion for a subject. In this article, we have collated our five favourite science facts that will amaze and engage your students.

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Virtual Reality in Schools

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With the advancement in digitalisation, educational institutions have started using newer technology, such as virtual reality, in their learning modes. Modern learning environments utilise virtual reality in open learning methods to make education more accessible to learners.

There are several ways of integrating virtual reality into learning modes. One example is incorporating the technology of VR into the medical demonstrations, where the learners learn the medicinal terms without coming in contact with any bacteria or harmful substances.

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Virtual reality in vocational subjects in schools

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Virtual Reality is the use of computer technology in the creation of a simulated environment that can be explored in 360 degrees. Hence, virtual use creates an assisted reality where people can explore the concepts around them according to their terms. Virtual reality is being increasingly integrated into new teaching methods in various educational institutions across the world. This integration facilitates the students to immerse in the alternative world and grasp the concepts in a fun way.

Virtual reality can be used in the classroom in two ways. One way is when a student explores a virtual environment using a computer. The other is where a student explores using some input device, such as a controller or virtual reality headset. The latter setup completely immerses students through the use of a head-mounted display.

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The future of virtual classrooms

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In the next ten years, significant shifts will be made to how we acquire knowledge. Recent developments in digital media, communication, and bandwidth have made it feasible to provide education at a much-reduced cost compared to more conventional methods. Students have access to a wide variety of materials on the internet, including text, audio, and video content, as well as interactive and collaborative tools. When polled, eighty-five per cent of today’s online students responded positively to whether or not they thought distance learning was on par with or even better than conventional classroom-based courses. The human connection is an essential component of classroom instruction that video-on-demand or virtual classroom courses do not have and severely miss.

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Does gamification assist primary school children learning?

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The use of game mechanics in settings that are not intended for gaming is called gamification. It is done to improve the user experience. It is not a simple effort to create a learning environment that encourages creative thinking. Teachers often adhere to more conventional methods during language instruction, such as the chalk-and-talk method. Lessons conducted using pen and paper are less appealing to primary school children of the 21st century, who would rather participate in activities that are more like games. Because of this, the use of gamification in the classroom would immediately result in passion and interest, leading to the learners’ eagerness to study.

What is gamification?

The use of game-design components and game-play principles in settings unrelated to gaming is what is meant to be understood as “gamification.” For instance, the acquisition of virtual “points” or some other form of currency, as well as the completion of a series of tasks or activities to advance to the next level, are both elements that can be used in contexts other than gaming to provide a learning environment that is both enjoyable and stimulating.

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Top tips to pass Maths

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Maths can be very stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you are prepared. Here are some great tips to help excel in the subject.

Before the exam

Don’t leave revision till the last minute. Start now, you will thank yourself later! Ask your teacher for help if you are not sure how to revise / where to start. Use any past papers you can find for your revision. Practice answering them like an actual exam – no distractions, set a timer. Use these not only to identify which topics you need to revise further, but to understand how an examiner uses the mark scheme to mark your exam. You will learn how important it is for working out to be set out neatly and in a logical order. If you are untidy and disorganised, you might misread some of your own work and/or lose marks because the examiner cannot read your work or follow your method.

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20 unbelievable science facts that will shock you

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Science is in the news every single day. From NHS stories, to issues with fracking, climate change, discoveries, nature and the solar system it is something which is unavoidable.

Science has benefits from helping us improve of way of life, our quality of life and helping others. It’s importance means it is compulsory from primary schools up to GCSE. To become a doctor it takes up to 14 years of training to become specialised.

In this unprecedented times, science is never out of the spotlight. And whether it’s chemistry, biology or physics you’re interested in – these unbelievable science facts will blow your mind.

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World Health Day: Stay on top of KS3 and GCSE Science

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7 April is World Health Day. The day celebrates the work of nurses, midwives, world leaders are more in their endeavours. Perhaps it is a timely day given the circumstances we are currently faced with.

How health can be positively and adversely affected by our actions. Many of these are explained to us throughout KS3 science and biology lessons. 

But what is World Health Day and how can KS3 and KS4 science help us understand our health?

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