BBC School Science Clips is a website that shows animated clips of various science concepts. There are six different age ranges to choose from, and within each age range are a set of age appropriate science topics to explore. When you open up a topic, there is an interactive science clip with a question at the top of the page. The questions get progressively harder with each activity the user moves to. The question are directly related to how the student navigates through the activity. For instance,in the age group 10-11 years old, there is a topic that is called "Reversible and Irreversible Changes." In the first clip that pops up, there are a set of instructions at the top that say, "Drag the sugar into the beaker of water. What happens? Where does the sugar go?" So the user can drag the sugar clump to the beaker, and the website will simulate what happens when the sugar is mixed into the water.
There is a text to speech feature available with each set of prompts and questions on the page. Also, there is a help button that when clicked shows how the user should operate each clip. This too is text to speech enabled. At the end of each topic, the student can take a quiz that will test knowledge in a more systematic manner. All of the clips on the BBC School page are free to any users.
I would recommend that the BBC School Science Clips be used within a whole class lesson. Students could watch the animations and do think-pair-share with the questions presented along with each clip. The questions do not have answers that follow them up so pairing and sharing with partners and then the whole class would give the opportunity to actually learn the answers to the questions, and discuss the science phenomena behind the concept. These science clips are useful for students with learning disabilities because they do a good job of showing students science content (as opposed to just telling them about it) in real life contexts.
To explore the different science clips on the BBC School website, click here.
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