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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

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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