Have Your Science Questions Answered!

We all have misconceptions about how the physical and natural world works.

And there can be science questions that students don’t feel comfortable asking in class or would like to ask outside of class.  Such as “Do tree’s breathe?”, “ What is the difference between strength and hardness?”, “Where do puddles go to?”, “Why doesn’t a twig conduct electricity?”

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Wouldn’t it be great if there was a Science site where younger students could get help with their questions?

The good news is there is a site, The Science Master, and it’s been set up on Edublogs to provide a safe learning environment for students.

About the Science Master

The Science Master has been designed for children/pupils to ask questions that they might feel that they cannot ask in a class environment. To some of us asking questions in a public forum can be quite a daunting experience.

IScientist s it safe? It’s an Edublogs site. The children/pupils are not asked for an email address, or their real name. They are just asked for a name and some idea of their age. They find their answer by following the website as answers will be linked to the information supplied. The site will obviously only offer answers to real questions (all questions are checked before publication).

However these questions to the Science Master will not, in most cases, get a direct answer. The Science Master and his friends will try to give the questioner(s) a pathway that will help them investigate the question at their own level of understanding and arrive at possible solutions. They are the scientists.

Using the Science Master

Students ask their questions here, check all Answers here and have an option to Ask another question or leave a comment on responses to questions.

Simple ask a question form

They can comment on their own investigations and other readers can add their comments (including the Science Master). This is the blogging environment.

Here’s the answer to a question asked by a student!

Example of an Answer

Final Thoughts from the Science Master

“I have been using Edublogs in a variety of ways for the last 10 years so when I was invited to develop the Aston Tower, Science Master site Edublogs became my first choice as a tool to build what then, and still is, a fairly unique site.

The kids loved it, criticized it, and helped develop it, as well as apparently enjoying it!

I hope you do the same!”

Do you have a favorite free web tool?

As we continue on with the current Teacher Challenge on class blogging, preparations are already underway for the next series.

This time, we want to introduce users to as many of the best free web tools as we can!

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And that is where you come in. Do you have a favorite web tool of any kind that you would like to share?

We’re looking for guest bloggers to:

  • Write a post that provides an overview of the tool
  • Include a “challenge” where readers are encouraged to use the tool and somehow demonstrate the end result
  • Help answer any questions that might come up from challenge particpants

No need to have a blog or even be an Edublogs user to participate. This would be a great way to help fellow educators from around the globe – and maybe add more twitter followers or blog readers to your list as well. :)

What do you think? Any takers?

Leave a comment below or contact us here and we’ll get you hooked up with all that you need!

How to insert images, multiple users (on one blog) and have your own individual theme

A few housekeeping notes.

As you’ll probably have noticed I haven’t been able to fix the “Upload Photo” thingy yet but have high hopes that I can get it done in the very very near future so thanks for your patience on that one!

In the meantime though you can display images in your blog using the ‘picture’ icon. You can upload images (or audio, or whatever you want to display) at ourmedia and just link it in.

It also looks like adding multiple users to a blog by simply ‘adding users’ is also being phased out of WPMU… but all is not lost, if you want to add users just get them to get their own edublogs here and then you can ‘add user from community’ at Users>Authors and Users – easy and they get a bonus edublog :)

Also, this is the last call for individual themes before I have to start charging… if you would like your own individualised theme you need to basically edit a wordpress template (like one of these) give it a unique name (this is important as otherwise it might overwrite an existing theme) and email it to me: james / at / edublogs / dot / org with your blog address… and I’ll enable it especially for you. Get it to me in the next two weeks (i.e. before 14th November) and I’ll do it gratis.

Fingers crossed customisable themes aren’t that far away though, we shall see, in the meantime you do have 39 to choose from though!!!

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