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This module introduces educators to the rich media in our webBooks.

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Science education is about more than physics, chemistry and mathematics... It's about learning to think and to solve problems, which are valuable skills that can be applied through all spheres of life. Teaching these skills to our next generation is crucial in the current global environment where methodologies, technology and tools are rapidly evolving. Education should benefit from these fast moving developments. In our simplified model there are three layers to how technology can significantly influence your teaching and teaching environment.

First layer: educator collaboration

There are many tools that help educators collaborate more effectively. We know that communities of practice are powerful tools for the refinement of methodology, content and knowledge as well as superb for providing support to educators. One of the challenges facing community formation is the time and space to have sufficient meetings to build real communities and exchanging practices, content and learnings effectively. Technology allows us to streamline this very effectively by transcending space and time. It is now possible to collaborate over large distances (transcending space) and when it is most appropriate for each individual (transcending time) by working virtually (email, mobile, online etc.).

Our textbooks have been uploaded in their entirety to the Connexions website ( (External Link) ), making them easily accessible and adaptable, as they are under an open licence, stored in an open format, based on an open standard, on an open-source platform, for free, where everyone can produce their own books. Our textbooks are released under an open copyright license - CC-BY. This Creative Commons By Attribution Licence allows others to legally distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon our work, even commercially, as long as they credit us for the original creation. With them being available on the Connexions website and due to the open copyright licence, learners and educators are able to download, copy, share and distribute our books legally at no cost. It also gives educators the freedom to edit, adapt, translate and contextualise them, to better suit their teaching needs.

Connexions is a tool where individuals can share, but more importantly communities can form around the collaborative, online development of resources. Your community of educators can therefore:

  • form an online workgroup around the textbook;
  • make your own copy of the textbook;
  • edit sections of your own copy;
  • add your own content into the book or replace existing content with your content;
  • use other content that has been shared on the platform in your own book;
  • create your own notes / textbook / course material as a community.

Educators often want to share assessment items as this helps reduce workload, increase variety and improve quality. Currently all the solutions to the exercises contained in the textbooks have been uploaded onto our free and open online assessment bank called FullMarks ( (External Link) ), with each exercise having a shortcode link to its solution on FullMarks. To access the solution simply go to (External Link) , enter the shortcode, and you will be redirected to the solution on FullMarks.

Questions & Answers

Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
hi
Loga
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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Source:  OpenStax, Mathematics grade 10 teachers' guide - siyavula webbooks. OpenStax CNX. Aug 10, 2011 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11341/1.1
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