Science videos for use in schools


It is National Science week this week as well as Children’s Book Week. Following the Science theme, Lindy Hathaway from Dickosn College in the ACT posted some interesting links on the OZTLnet list I belong to.

Here are just a few of the amazing resources out there to support the science curriculum

Science 360

Breaking science videos and news from around the world, ready to embed in websites etc. Hosted by the US National Science Foundation. Search for videos by topic or series.



Thousands of videos and lectures; explore by topics.


10 science YouTube channels you can’t miss Includes Minute Physics; The Science Channel; SciShow; The Periodic Table of Videos, AsapSCIENCE and the excellent Vsauce.


125 great science videos

Astronomy, physics, psychology, biology, ecology, technology….


New videos from The Kid Should See This – cool videos for curious minds of all ages


This is a great site to subscribe to, as every week you get sent a selection of the week’s most shared videos. But you can also go to the site and search for particular topics you are after.

Here are some gems, I reckon…..







John Hattie – nuggets of wisdom from ‘8 Mind Frames’


This morning I read an interview  with internationally acclaimed educator and researcher Dr. John Hattie, whose influential book
Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement has been recognized as a landmark in educational research.

In Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning, Hattie presents eight ‘mind frames’ or ways of thinking that together must underpin every action and decision in schools and systems. He argues that teachers who develop these mind frames will have major impacts on student learning.

As I read the article, a few bits stood out to me, perhaps because of where I am on the continuum of learning about learning. teaching, feedback, assessment.  I want to share those with you. They are all from the article found at In Conversation with John Hattie

The purpose of schools is to help students exceed their potential and do more than they thought they could do.

This challenges my thinking of encouraging students to be the best they can be. Dr Hattie says if we do this, it is not enough. We should be encouraging students to be better than they think they can be!


Authors  City, Elmore, Fiarman, and Teitel (2009) in Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning  and Roberts in  Instructional Rounds in Action,  (2012) have favorite questions to ask the students to find out where they are up to in terms of understanding. I have printed these out to remind myself of them.

• What are you learning? What are you working on?
• What do you do if you don’t know the answer or you’re stuck?
• How will you know when you’re finished?
• How will you know if what you’ve done is good quality?


Lastly, because we are doing what is called Formative practice at school that involves us in teams of 3 or 4 observing each other’s classes once a term, the following rang a bell. I have, up till now, focused on the teacher and observing and commenting on what they did, rather than asking the students where they were up to, what were they learning.

Another example that comes to mind is what usually happens when we observe other teachers in their classrooms – the focus is on the teacher. Then what follows more often than not is that we give them feedback about what they did well and what they could have done differently. What we should do instead is spend our time observing two or three students in the classroom and find out what they’re learning and what they’re responding to. The conversation with the teacher afterwards will be dramatically different.


Here is a youtube that explains, succinctly, what the 8 mind frames of Hattie are.




Visual Storytelling: Tips from Photographer Laura Cook

Visual Storytelling: Tips from Photographer Laura Cook

This is a post about connecting – with the viewer, by telling a story, something, as a teacher librarian that I love and feel is soo important in life.

The Daily Post

There’s a difference between photography and visual storytelling. You can easily take a photograph, but not all photographs tell rich stories.

You’ve heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” many times, right? As a photographer, I believe this is true when we dedicate ourselves to seeking out images that really tell a story.

We often take images that are part of a set or portfolio, but it’s also important to seek out pictures that can stand alone — that invite you in and make you feel like part of one particular story. Our camera is a tool we use to tell that story, to capture not only a moment in time but also something bigger.

Laura Cook is a humanitarian and travel photographer who spends most of her year in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She loves meeting new people, and through her work, strives to highlight human dignity amid life’s struggles.

Laura blogs at The…

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Perennial Favorites: Traffic Dos and Don’ts


Underlines to me that a good reason to blog is to clear up and crystalise your own thoughts, never mind who else is reading it. One thing that Ben does mention is that I should be tagging my blogs, so I’ll make sure I’m doing that.

The Daily Post

One of the most frequent questions bloggers ask us — and themselves — is how to get more readers. In this post I wrote a year ago, I went over some of the basic things you should consider when trying to grow your audience. While there’s no secret magic formula (do share if you’ve found one!), I hope it gives you some fresh ideas to try out. And, if you’re looking for a more in-depth look at traffic and growth, you’re in luck: we have a free ebook devoted exclusively to that topic.

One of the main reasons bloggers stop blogging is lack of traffic: at some point, they get tired of being the proverbial tree in the forest, making sounds nobody hears.

We’re here to help. No list of advice can guarantee your blog’s success, but it’s important to be aware of the most critical elements at play…

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Preaching to the Choir: Singing the Praises of Books and Reading by Teri S. Lesesne

Preaching to the Choir: Singing the Praises of  Books and Reading by Teri S. Lesesne

Nerdy Book Club

I know a posting here at Nerdy Book Club is truly preaching to the choir, and I did hesitate to write this post.  But a couple of weeks ago, I did a little preaching to the Arkansas Association of School Librarians about the power of books and reading.  After I finished the keynote, a librarian came up to me with tears in her eyes.  She thanked me for the “sermon” saying she really needed to hear the message as she returns to the library this school year.  She had been feeling a bit depressed about some of the changes wrought by new curriculum and was beginning to feel she could not make a difference.  My “sermon” had reminded her of the important work she has done and needs to continue to do.  Needless to say, we were both teary by the end of this encounter.   When Donalyn asked me to…

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#globalclassroom 2013-14 Closing Webinars – August 15/16


Here is more about Global connections in the classroom – something I intend to follow up

The Global Classroom Project

2013-14 Closing Webinar - Slides

The past year has been yet another exciting journey for the hundreds of students and teachers participating in the Global Classroom Project!

We have connected via Skype, letters, journals, Google Hangouts, email, wikispaces and more. Students and teachers learned about global and digital citizenship by participating in projects. We continue to grow and learn each year, but more importantly, we continue to be inspired by the incredible passion of children and their teachers across the world.

Please join us for a very special ceremony as we mark the conclusion of a memorable year in our annual “Looking Forwards, Looking Back” webinars. Many of our project managers and lead teachers will reflect and share their projects and stories. These webinars will be a opportunity for teachers to learn more about global projects, or who are looking for some inspiration and connections to create a project of their very own.

The recipients of…

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Global education and connection


We all as humans, want and need connection to flourish. Dr Brene Brown in ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ talks about the fundamental importance of connecting to others. In a school setting, we connect all the time with students  and colleagues, but our world now is not just confined to our school, or our neighborhood or our city or even our country. We should be bringing the world into our classroom as it has immeasurable benefits, not from a connecting point of view, but so many others.

But how do we facilitate that? It is something in the past I have said I want to learn more about and get involved in. A beginning step for me has been connecting via a blog with our sister campus, sharing year 2 thought about the shortlisted books we are sharing each week and getting their response and ideas. Also I have organised a bookmark exchange with a school in Dubbo – my year 3 and 4 classes made a bookmark to send to Dubbo, after learning a little about where Dubbo is and how the children there live that is different to our lives. Fairly simple examples, but it is a start.

I subscribe to Ted Ed blog, and their post from a couple of days ago feeds into the idea of connection and how you make this happen in a school setting –

TED-Ed Club Facilitator on student individuality, academic freedom and global connection

Now I am over getting Book Week and author and illustrator visits organised, it is time to see what I can uncover about connecting classrooms with the rest of Australia, and the world! Will keep you posted !

Been flat chat – but now I’m back


Well it has been a long time since my last post. Sounds a bit like the beginning of a confession you hear in the movies!

Talking about movies, and stories, which is one of main professional foci, I went to see The Hundred Foot Journey‘ last weekend and it is one of the most uplifting, feel good movie I have seen for a while (and I have seen a few with my son working at a cinema and free tickets coming my way fairly often). It is a  story centered around an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. It is 100 feet from 1 restaurant to the other. They move because their restaurant in India was destroyed by fire in a political attack the mother of the family, the cook of the family, is killed.  Sp they need to start again and land in France when their van breaks down. Beautiful scenery, characters that you really feel for and really good looking main actors all contribute to a film I would like to see again.

Another film I have recently seen is Word and Pictures and being a teacher, movies with teachers in are often fairly unrealistic, I think, or a bit sentimental. This one is about 2 people that are angry, lost, alone – one because of alcohol and the other because of a slowly worsening disease which renders it very difficult to do what she loves doing.  They have a competition to see if words or pictures are the more powerful with their year 12 classes they are teaching. Left this one feeling a bit sad, but things sort of work out for them in the end, or at least you can see light at the end of the tunnel in their lives.

Lastly, I want to now see The Lunchbox, about a wife trying to get some attention from her husband and is doing it by sending him delicious meals via dabawallas. The twist is that these carefully prepared meals actually get delivered to this other man, an older man who is lonely and they strike up a friendship.

Life is too short to focus and worry about all the bad things happening in the world. I say let’s highlight good stories, relationships, events and fill ourselves up with positive energy,  which we can pass on to others.

Angeline Buglebrain with Tom Angleberger and Mark Turetsky

Angeline Buglebrain with Tom Angleberger and Mark Turetsky

Origami Yoda is a very popular series in our library, so interesting to hear the author chatting.

Nerdy Book Club

Hey, Nerdy Readers! Mark Turetsky here. I’m an audiobook narrator, and I play Tommy in the Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series. Most recently, I narrated Tom’s new book, The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain!

Last year, fellow audiobook narrator Xe Sands decided that for June Is Audiobook Month, she’d get together 30 narrators to narrate a public domain story, which would each be streamed for free for a day, and then made available for a small price, all proceeds of which would go to charity. Well, it was wildly successful and it’s back this year, with a bit of a twist: instead of seeking out public domain works, we would instead seek out the audio rights to works we enjoyed. So, I reached out to Tom Angleberger, and he immediately agreed and sent me an unpublished story of his, called “How Angelina Buglebrain Got Her Start.”

It’s amazing that I…

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