Sunflower Learning RSS Feed en-us 40 The main blog feed for Sunflower Learning. Sunflower for Science Version 2.02 <p>The new version of Sunflower for Science is out. There are two new physics programmes, Earth in Space and Nuclear Physics.</p> <p>Best of all is a new tool called Course Mapper. It allows you to see how Sunflower resources match to your new <span class="caps">KS3</span> syllabus or Key Stage 4 specification.</p> <p>We&#8217;ve also got two new self-marking quizzes for every programme. If you&#8217;re an Anywhere user these are available to you now. Homework can mark itself.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2008 11:27:00 GMT Learning Platforms <p>The new version of Sunflower for Science loves learning platforms. We&#8217;ve <span class="caps">SCORM</span> packages so in theory it works with any learning platform. Right now we&#8217;re making sure. We&#8217;re testing on Fronter, Virtual Workspace, Its Learning, Assimilate, Moodle, Studywiz, Uniservity and Kaleidos.</p> <p>If you&#8217;ve a different learning platform please <a href="/everything_else/contact">let us know</a></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2008 11:26:00 GMT Sunflower Available to Schools in Worcestershire <p>From April, Sunflower for Science is available to schools in Worcestershire through their learning Platform.Virtual Workspace.</p> <p>Dave Thomson, Educational Improvement Adviser in Worcestershire says:</p> <p>&#8220;Sunflower Learning has provided us with the sort of content that we have been waiting for. It goes beyond simply providing interactive materials to resources that can become part of an active dialogue between students and with their teachers under the control of the learners as well as their teacher. The ability to embed science content within a discussion about the subject really stimulates higher level thinking and provides new ways to engage and challenge&#8221;</p> <p>Read more in <a href="/case_studies/worcestershire">our case study</a>&#8220;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2008 11:18:00 GMT Sunflower is going Welsh <p>Work on the Welsh translation is underway. This summer we&#8217;ll be releasing a bi-lingual version of Sunflower for Science. Watch this space.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2008 11:25:00 GMT Sunflower and Learning Platforms <p>We’ve now tested Sunflower for Science <span class="caps">SCORM</span> packages with:</p> <ul> <li>Kaleidos </li> <li>Moodle </li> <li>Assimilate </li> <li>Uniservity </li> <li>Studywiz </li> <li>Virtual Workspace </li> <li>It’s Learning </li> <li>Frog</li> </ul> <p>If you’ve a different learning platform and you&#8217;d like us to test Sunflower for Science on it, please <a href="">contact us</a>&#8220;</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2008 15:01:00 GMT Sunflower now in Welsh and English <p>Sunflower for Science is now completely translated into Welsh. We’ve not only translated the programmes but also all the quizzes, worksheets, activities and sample lessons. That gives you over 500 new resources in the Welsh language.</p> <p>All the resources in Sunflower for Science and now mapped to the <span class="caps">WJEC GCSE</span> specifications. <a href="">Click here</a> to have a look at all the courses you can use in Course Mapper.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:28:00 GMT June's Free Programme <p>This month’s free access programme is <a href="">Digestion</a>. Use it to follow what happens to a pizza after we eat it. At each step animations show the processes and the role of enzymes. <a href="">Click here</a> to use it now for <span class="caps">FREE</span>.</p> <p>When you&#8217;ve got it running from the menu on the left, select:</p> <p>Biology -&gt; Digestion</p> <p>to see all the resources that come with this valuable programme</p> <p><img src="" alt="" /></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:36:00 GMT Better science software comes from... <p>We found <a href="">this article</a> on the difference between textbook publishers&#8217; <span class="caps">ICT</span> resources and software companys&#8217; <span class="caps">ICT</span> resources. We&#8217;d love to know if you agree or disagree. Please <a href="">contact us</a> to let us know your view.</p> <p>The article starts&#8230;</p> <p>Here&#8217;s an odd question: is the software that you use made by a book publisher or a software publisher? The odd question comes from our interest in pointing you to better products. If you buy a mediocre product the wrong people are encouraged to make more. It queers the pitch.</p> <p><a href="">Go to the full article</a></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2008 13:25:00 GMT Physics teacher shortage warning <p>We found this interesting article on the <span class="caps">BBC</span> web site.</p> <p><a href="">Click here</a></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2008 14:44:00 GMT Course Mapper Available Online <p>If you add up all the programmes, worksheets, activities, examples and sample lessons in Sunflower for Science you’ll have over 500 resources for teaching and learning science. It’s great to have so much content, but how does it fit in with what you’re teaching?</p> <p>The answer is our Course Mapper programme and as an experiment we’re making it available <span class="caps">FREE</span> online.</p> <p>Firstly you choose your course. Then on the left you’ll see the content of your course. On the right you can see where any of the 500+ resources in Sunflower fit in. Roll over to see a screen grab of the resource. Of course if you want to run the full, rich, interactive resource you’ll need to buy it!</p> <p class="image"><img src="/files/animations/products/coursemapper.gif" title="Course Mapper Available Online" alt="Course Mapper Available Online" /></p> <p><strong><a href="">Click here</a> to run Course Mapper now.</strong></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2008 15:28:00 GMT