There are many ways an interactive whiteboard can be used to support science teaching. Your whiteboard allows you to run simulations, play videos and demonstrate practical work using animations. While it should never replace the act of doing an experiment for real, it can often provide a useful reference point before or after doing the practical as a class.
With that in mind, there are many excellent websites that are available to science teachers to use with their interactive whiteboard.
Here are 10 of my favourite websites that will be of interest to Science teachers everywhere:
http://www.arkive.org/ With the help of the world’s best film makers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species. The site contains thousands of free wildlife videos and photographs, including some great Darwin resources.
- The Children’s University of Manchester
http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/ This excellent resource is aimed mainly at KS2 and covers subjects such as electricity, health and space. There are a number of interactive Flash games that you can use, and even better they come with a “full screen” option which makes then much easier to display and use on your board. There is also information about real scientists working at the university and what research they do.
http://freezeray.com/ This site contains a large bank of interactive Science Flash animations for KS3 and Ks4 from the Great Barr School. The resources are designed to be used as a source of visually stimulating material, making use of both animations and drag and drop interactivity.
- Periodic Table of Videos
http://www.periodicvideos.com/ This site, produced by the University of Nottingham, provides videos about all the different elements of the periodic table. The videos are hosted on YouTube, so you’ll need to have YouTube unblocked in your school if you want to use this site.
- In The Zone
http://www.getinthezone.org.uk/ Originally set up to tie in with the Olympics, Get in the Zone provides a fun, free and fascinating way of using science to discover how our bodies work during sport, activity, movement and rest. The website is aimed at both primary and secondary schools with two distinct sections. Both sections contain interactive games which can be used on the interactive whiteboard, alongside more practical activities to get the children moving!
- PhET - interactive simulations
http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/index.php?cat=Featured_Sims The University of Colorado has produced some excellent java-based physics simulations for KS3 and KS4 Science. Some would also be useful for KS2. You can run them via the website, or you can download to run offline. You will need to have the (free) Java plugin installed on your computer for these to work.
http://www.kscience.co.uk/animations/anim_1.htm This is a simple site that provides many different Flash animations for KS3/4 Science. You can also download a tool kit that will help you produce your own animations if you like.
- BP Science Resources
http://www.bp.com/retailhomepage.do?categoryId=8040&contentId=7037096 The BP Educational Service (BPES) produces curriculum-linked teaching resources about BP and the Energy industry for 5 to 19 year olds. There are some great interactive resources on the site. Primary teachers will really like their Young Science Investigators series. Secondary teachers should check out the Science Skills unit. The online resources also come with downloadable teachers’ notes and worksheets. A login is required to download the full packs, but it is free to register.
- Solar System Scope
http://www.solarsystemscope.com/ Solar System Scope is a very impressive interactive 3D Model of our Solar System. You can zoom in and move the planets around the Sun to see how they move in relation to each other. The scale of the planets in relation to each other is not accurate – nor is the distance apart, but these are necessary changes to make the whole thing fit on a screen and be usable!
- BBC Nature Video Collections
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections This is a large library of fabulous video clips from the excellent BBC Natural History archive, many narrated by the legend that is Sir David Attenborough. These are all short clips that would make good lesson starters
It’s always hard to just pick 10 websites. But hopefully these 10 will get you started. You can find more links to great science websites via my delicious page www.delicious.com/dannynic/science+iwb