Science communication

Many agree that it’s no longer an option for scientists not to engage with lay audiences “It’s becoming a moral obligation“. Videos can help researchers reach broad audiences, communicate research quickly and efficiently throughout the world. Despite the wide reach and broad range of benefits associated with visual communication, relatively few academic scientists currently use these tools to their full potential.

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Microsoft forms for feedback

At the end of teaching units I often give my students the opportunity to provide feedback. This information really helps me understand what students like, and point out areas of improvement.

Recently, I’ve been trialling Microsoft forms for these feedback quizzes. I’ve been very impressed with just how easy these forms are to make and distribute. Importantly, the mobile view and accessibility is outstanding. The best feature of using these … Read more

Cell models

My year 8 science class have just finished their unit on cells. As part of the unit, students constructed cell models. I was impressed with the level of creativity in which their models were presented. Some students even went to the effort of making cakes.

Overall the students enjoyed the task and explained to me that it really helped them visualise the different basic organelles of which cells are made … Read more

Cephalopod Vision

Researchers from the UC Berkeley and Harvard University propose “colourblind” cephalopods may be able to see colour after all!

The father and son team Alexander and Christopher Stubbs, suggest octopus and cuttlefish use their large, wide pupils to accentuate the refraction of different wavelengths of light. They may be able to sense colour by bringing certain wavelengths into focus on the retina.

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