Science Websites for Your Interactive Whiteboard
Google Body Browser – This is Google Maps for the human body! Google Body is a detailed 3D model of the body. You can peel back anatomical layers, zoom in, click to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more. At the moment this won’t work in most web browsers, you will need to get the beta of the new Firefox or Chrome, but keep an eye out later this year for an update.
The Children’s University of Manchester – This excellent resource is aimed 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.
Succeeding with Science – Created by Sellafield Nuclear Power Station, this website contains many different interactive activities and downloadable resources. There are resources here for both primary and secondary teachers on a number of different topics. There’s also information about the power station itself.
National STEM Centre – This site contains a wealth of resources to support the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in Key stages 1 – 5. There are interactive resources, but also downloadable PowerPoint presentations. There are some excellent resources produced by the Association for Science Education (ASE) as part of Science year which are now archived on the site. You need to register to download all the resources, but it is free to do so.
BP Science Resources – 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 again it is free to register.
ChemCollective Virtual Lab – The ChemCollective is a digital library of online activities for KS3/KS4 chemistry teachers which aims to engage students in more authentic problem-solving activities than those found in most textbooks.
Their virtual lab will look slightly familiar to anyone who has ever used Crocodile Chemistry. It’s a free simulation which allows mixing of different chemicals and provides information such as pH and temperature as the chemical reaction takes place. Comprehensive guides are available on the site which explains what to do.
As always, virtual simulations should not replace actually doing the experiments for real. But sometimes, for revision purposes, or for times when a lab is not available, being able to access these kind of online simulations can be very useful.
O2 Learn – O2 is building a video library of great revision lessons, from teachers across the country. Teachers can submit videos of themselves delivering short guides to different topics. Students can also request help on difficult areas. Would be good for revision.
NGFL Cymru – The Welsh National Grid for Learning website is a wealth of resources for all key stages and all subjects – but in particular science. Available in both English and Welsh.
TES I-Board – Some excellent, free, resources for KS1 science (and other subjects) which work great on an IWB.
SnagLearning – SnagLearning is dedicated to bringing high quality, award-winning documentaries to an online audience around the world. The site features carefully selected films from their library of over 1,600 documentaries that are appropriate for students from KS2 upwards. Our titles cover nearly every classroom subject and many are produced by well-known educational sources, including PBS and National Geographic