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?”
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.
Is 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
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!
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!”
Personalizing your blog is, for most of us, a fun and rewarding endeavor.
And we just made that experience even better by adding dozens of new themes to Edublogs and CampusPress.
That brings the total number of new themes so far this year to nearly 100!
You can see the most recently added themes by visiting the Appearance > Themes menu item in your dashboard. There’s a filter there to sort by just the newest themes.
Mobile Friendly Theme Info
All of our themes are now mobile friendly and responsive, meaning they will look great no matter the size of the device visitors are using.
This does take a bit of getting used to, as menus and sidebars might get hidden or moved around on smaller screen sizes. This is by design and worth it, for sure!
If you’d like to learn more about using mobile friendly themes, check out our post on TheEdublogger here.
Have A Favorite?
Give your blog a makeover and leave a link in the comments below.
We can’t wait to see all of the new looks and designs you all will come up with.
The new ‘Live Shortcodes‘ plugin makes it easy to add buttons, tabs, sidebars, accordions, and much more to your blog.
You can now take control over the content you publish like never before.
What Does It Do?
This plugin gives you the ability to easily add many new elements to your pages and posts.
Here is a quick overview of the available elements:
Break content into sections that visitors can open and close.
Just like accordions, but more than one section can be open at a time.
Like an accordion too, but with the sections across the top.
Break up paragraphs with one of several different divider styles.
Customize the color, shape, and style of buttons that can be links to anywhere on the web.
6. Latest Posts
Show a list of latest posts from your blog. Customize the details that are shown.
Display content from any RSS feed on any page or post.
8. Reader Content
Show latest posts from your reader – blogs you follow or all posts you’ve written on the network.
9. My Class Blogs
Add a list of all student blogs in a class using the ‘My Class’ tool. Determine if the list is alphabetical, random, or most recently updated.
10. My Class Recent Posts
Place a list of all posts from student blogs that belong to a class.
And we plan on adding more to this list soon!
How To Activate
The Live Shortcodes plugin is available to all Edublogs Pro and CampusPress customers.
Just go to your Plugins menu and click Activate to enable.
Then, whenever you add a new page or post, you’ll see a new “Add Shortcodes” button above your editor.
It is super easy to use and to customize each element, but if you’d like any additional help, please see the full plugin help guide here.
Let us know in the comments below if you have any ideas or requests for items we can add to the shortcodes plugin. We’ll do our best to build them in!
In the meantime, we have more new exciting features and news coming later this week.
And don’t forget, time is running out on winning a FREE EDUBLOGS PRO in celebration of our 10th birthday!