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In this section we would like to present a selection of special resources related to education and science. You could find some science sites, lesson plans and more. These resources have been chosen especially by the Xplora editorial team for their originality and science approach.


U4energy resources help teachers to address energy efficiency - 09/11/2010 - 
Whether you are searching for an icebreaker, a fun experiment, or an interactive lesson plan about energy efficiency, U4energy offers a comprehensive dynamic resource repository, which will continue to expand over time.
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Living in space: New educational material from the European Space Agency - 20/11/2009 - 
The European Space Agency (ESA) has published new educational material on the theme of Living on the International Space Station (ISS). The material is related to a live in-flight call, which was organised as part of education activities related to the OasISS mission of ESA astronaut...
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The media portal of the Siemens Stiftung expanded: teaching materials available also in English - 16/11/2009 - 
Having acquired a solid reputation among German-speaking teachers, the Siemens Stiftung has now expanded its media portal by adding materials for bilingual and non-German teaching. In addition to more than 1,000 German media files, teachers can now access around 480 English media...
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Try out the educational animations on eChalk - 05/08/2009 - 
Are you thinking of boosting up your classes with some online resources? eChalks provides interactive animations for different subjects.
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Contribute to Journal of Visualized Experiments - 05/08/2009 - 
The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is the first journal publishing online video-protocols on methods and procedures in biological and biomedical research. JoVE is similar to YouTube, except it is peer-reviewed, listed in PubMed database maintained by the United States National...
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The Vega Science Videos - 05/08/2009 - 
The Vega Science Trust is a broadcast platform for science, technology, engineering and mathematics videos. The site includes a wide selection of lectures, discussions, interviews and research project presentations on different scientific subjects, at different levels.
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Visit the Learning Resource Exchange for Schools - 18/05/2009 - 
The new Learning Resource Exchange (LRE) service for schools has now been running three months and contains already over 120,000 free educational resources and assets covering virtually every curriculum subject.
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Get inspired by science with the Planet SciCast - 25/05/2009 - 
Check out the exciting, educational and even amusing mini films of the Planet SciCast Awards! The films about science made by children, young people, teachers, science communicators or science professionals from the UK aim to encourage young people to experience science as a practical...
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European Space Agency's Educational Resources - 10/03/2009 - 
The Human spaceflight Education team at the European Space Agency (ESA) provides various educational materials for different age groups. Schools can order from the ESA's website e.g. educational kits about the International Space Station (ISS) or a 3D model of the ISS orbiting Earth....
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Educational tool for sustainable development - 27/06/2008 - 
Sustain.no is an educational tool for sustainable development. The site includes activities complete with guidelines for how the pupils can investigate, discuss and communicate their results. When the results are submitted to the network, they are made available for others to view.
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Biologie online - 26/06/2008 - 
The website Biologie online was developed by a free alliance of German students of medicine and biological science. It is intended to give an overview of the most important issues in biological studies, i.e. genetics, botany, or physiology.
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New technology for exploring the nature outdoor - 18/03/2008 - 
WildKey is a spin off research group from Oxford Brookes University, which works with new technology and outdoor learning space. On a rainy January day, the group went to explore nature, with over 40 intrepid ICT Co-Ordinators and 10 children from Bishop Bronescombe School, using...
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School resources on diseases and treatments - 18/03/2008 - 
The newly redeveloped website, Resources for Schools, offers interactive content linking topics from the school science curriculum to disease and its treatment. The website is free to use in schools and by students and parents at home.
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Educational brain research and neurology resources - 18/03/2008 - 
On this web site the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives has collected educational resources for scientists, educators, and parents, including brain-related materials and links to organizations with sites offering valuable tools for home and classroom use.
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Hands-On Guide for Science Communicators Released - 08/07/2009 - 
Are you looking for tips and advice to communicate about science?
Lars Lindberg Christensen, an experienced science communicator from the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre, has just released a new book aimed to change attitudes towards science communication in...
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Release of the final GRID website - 26/01/2007 - 
GRID (Growing Interest in the Development of Teaching Science) is a project funded by the European Commission within the Socrates Programme. It aims to create a network for the exchange of good practice in the field of science teaching in Europe. Its final portal has been released...
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SchoolNetGuide 9 on blogs and wikis - 12/05/2009 - 
The Swisscom Group has just released a new guide, SchoolNetGuide 9, that brings up a new phenomenon: the rise of blogs and wikis. The aim to this free guidebook is to explain how to use them in the classroom or at home.
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Motion Mountain - the free physics textbook - 15/04/2009 - 
Motion Mountain is a freely downloadable 1300 page physics textbook written by Christoph Schiller. The text tries to convey the passion for physics by presenting physics in a way that is as vivid, up-to-date and simple as possible. The text covers mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics,...
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Grid computing - 26/04/2006 - 
There is a need for faster and more powerful computers in some topics, like climate research, as researchers are under time pressure. They would like, for example, to present a working climate model before the reality takes over and there is no chance any more to react on the results...
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Wikibooks, an open-content textbook collection - 31/01/2006 - 
Wikibooks is a Wikimedia project for collaboratively writing textbooks and related non-fiction books about a variety of subjects.
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iEARN - the International Education and Resource Network - 12/05/2009 - 
The iEarn website introduces online projects from schools in more than 109 countries. The projects presented cover many areas: from science to maths, from environment to art. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications...
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Lesson plans for primary teachers - 12/05/2009 - 
Do you need some ideas for your lessons?
The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) offers weekly activities to download so that you can prepare new and exciting lessons using ICT.
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New EU Commission book investigates how to improve science communication - 07/02/2007 - 
The European Commission has recently published a book which offers a useful insight into the current debate on the various aspects of communication about science. Edited by Michel Claessens, "Communicating European Research 2005" offers a series of 40 articles written by speakers...
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