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Issue: September 2017 149

Future Themes

Issue: September 2017 149

Focus on...social media and science

Issue: September 2017 149

Author: Editor: Leigh Hoath

Extract: Social media is an increasing part of everyday life for many of us. I know that I use it both for work and personally. In the last 18 months, I have used Twitter with some enthusiasm and now feel part of a community within science education that I didn’t know existed before. At the Association for Science Education Annual Conference in January 2017 there was a gathering of ‘science enthusiasts’, many of whom had never met until that evening other than virtually. That specific network has grown into a close-knit support and friendship group. Support available professionally through social media and other specific online groups is remarkable. And with smartphones at our fingertips, there is access to these communities almost 24/7. As teachers and science teacher educators there has never been as much help, literally, at hand.

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Issue: September 2017 149

Topical, yes … but it dives beneath the surface

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Paul Tyler explores how children can be engaged and inspired through topical science.

A ‘Peake’ into using social media

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Sarah Walker describes her journey from being introduced to an iPad to the opening up of a world of media.

Social media: a window to a wider world

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Fran Long writes about how she has developed learning and teaching through engaging with social media.

Science Swap Shop: Mini straw flutes, Dancing bees, Secret Messages and Investigating Sound

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Age 3-5 Activity: Mini Straw Flutes Musical instruments are a fantastic way to explore sound and how the pitch and volume of a sound can be changed. Age 5-7 Activity: Dancing bees This activity encourages children to think about how bees communicate by creating their own waggle dance! Age 7-9 Activity: Secret messages Lemon and lime juice are very difficult to see when used to write on white paper, but when heated turn brown. This makes them a great invisible ink. Age 9-11 Activity: Muffling Sounds Sound vibrations can travel through air, water and solid materials, but travel through some materials better than others. This investigation encourages children to discover which materials are best at reducing the loudness of a sound.

Bridging the gap – using social media to bring together science and families

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Toby Tyler describes how the wider world of social media has brought his school community closer together and Emma Vanstone highlights how schools can draw on support for engaging children with science at home.

Using Web 2.0 technology to enhance the science curriculum in your school

Issue: September 2017 149

Extract: Mark Hainsworth shares his vision of what 21st century science education might look like in the future and discusses how to develop an e-learning capability in your school.

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