Release notes – v 1.2.134 – 4 July 2013

Teachers can now control classes using the ‘Summon class’ and ‘Restrict navigation’ features. Simply by navigating to an activity and using the summon class command, students will all be transported to that activity and have their navigation restricted until released by the teacher. This is a world first and allows teachers to focus students within the product.

We’ve also introduced downloadable PDF files of the lesson guides as well as adding printable worksheets for new activities. These are accessible from the lesson guide screen. In addition, we have produced our first 2 lesson guide videos. These demonstrate to teachers how IntoScience can be used in the classroom and more videos will soon be available.

This update includes 3 new topics – Year 7 – Renewable and non-renewable resources  and Year 8 – ‘States of matter’ and ‘Cells’ with some of our best activities yet. Fly around Energy island, Explore the states of matter with the particle viewer and build your own cells in the ‘Cell constructer’. Just some of the 15 new activities in this release.

We’ve also overhauled the website to have a more robust trial registration process and to display more consistently on different web browsers and tablets.

New features in v1.2

Teacher controls

We’ve added two new items to the teacher control menu – ‘Summon class’ and ‘Restrict navigation’.

Summon class

Teachers may navigate to any activity or location of IntoScience and use the Summon class command to instantly bring all students in their class to that location.

This is a great way for teachers to set an activity for the focus of the class and prevent students from drifting off task to edit their avatar or work on other activities.

Using the Summon class command will automatically turn ‘Restrict navigation’ on, so students can’t navigate away to another area until the teacher releases them by turning this off. The teacher is free to navigate anywhere and can simply issue the ‘Summon class’ command again to bring all students to their new location if desired.

Any students signing in late will still be teleported directly to the location of the summons.

Restrict navigation

When restrict navigation is on students will be restricted to their current location, they cannot move to any other area of IntoScience. When restrict navigation is on the students menu bar will be red and a small padlock will display in the top left menu bar to indicate that their navigation is restricted. 

Students menu bar is red and displays padlock indicating that navigation is restricted

 

The teachers menu bar will also display red to remind them that they have restricted the navigation of the students, although the teacher may still move about as normal. To deactivate the restriction simply set it to off in the teacher controls menu.

 Teachers menu bar is red indicating that navigation is restricted

 

To deactivate the navigation restriction simply select it from the Teacher controls menu and students will have free navigation again.

If a teacher signs out, the navigation restriction will be de-activated and if a teacher is disconnected without signing out, the navigation restriction will de-activated after 5 minutes.

Lesson guides and worksheets

The response the our lesson guides has been fantastic and in response to customer requests teachers can now download PDF files of the lesson guides.

We’ve also added downloadable worksheets in PDF format which can be printed and used in class to support the activities. You can’t view the worksheets in the application as they are formatted for printing only.

Access the PDF files in the lesson guide screen by selecting the ‘L’ button on the bottom left  menu bar (when signed in as a teacher):

 

Select the PDF icons to view the lesson guide or worksheet in your browser and download or print:

Note: Worksheets are only available on selected activities, so the icon will not appear on all activities.

New content

3 new topics and 16 new activities, plus our first big instalment of Year 8 content for the Australian Curriculum: Science.

Some of the year 7 activities have been re-built:

Techniques for separating mixtures > Exploring more separation techniques

Food chains and food webs > Food chains and food webs

Year 7 – Earth and space science > Renewable & non-renewable resources

Energy island

Investigate renewable and non-renewable resources. Explore Energy Island, showcasing the many ways humans make electricity.

Year 8 – Biology > Cells

Explore plant, animal, bacterial and fungal cells, learn how to use a microscope and discover the links between cells.

Characteristics of living things

What are the seven characteristics common to all living organisms? Use the pictures, create the words and solve the puzzle.

Introduction to microscopes

Explore the world of the small and learn how to use a compound light microscope. Master this virtual microscope and everything becomes clear!

Building blocks of life

Discover the building blocks of all known living organisms. Reveal how these smallest units of life come together through the cell hierarchy to make living, functioning organisms.

Cell basics

Identify the structures and function of the parts of animal, plant, fungi and prokaryote cells. Challenge yourself to beat the clock!

Comparing plant and animal cells

What do plant and animal cells have in common? How do they differ? Compare these cell types and relate their differences to structure and function of the organism.

Cell division

Cells don’t live forever! Fortunately before they die, they can reproduce. Learn the different types of cell division including budding, binary fission, mitosis and meiosis.

Year 8 – Physics > States of matter

Investigate the Particle model of matter by looking at the motion and arrangement of particles in solids, liquids and gasses.

Particle matters

Investigate how particles move in solids, liquids and gases at the Particle Party! Get to know the Particle Model of Matter.

Compressing matter

Can you compress solids, liquids or gases? What if they are heated or cooled? Use this syringe demonstration for a deeper understanding of matter.

Changing states

Delve into how solids, liquids and gases can change state. View up-close models of these processes alongside global examples.

Diffusion in the lab

These colourful lab experiment videos investigate the phenomenon of diffusion. Investigate how temperature affects particle energy and the rate of diffusion.

Expansion experiments

These experiment videos demonstrate expansion of solids, liquids and gases when heated. How can this be explained?

The Particle Model Examiner

The Particle Model Examiner reports some strange occurrences resulting from a recent heat wave. Can you help investigate?

Using models in science

Models represent reality and can be useful in science. Investigate how and why scientific models are used.

 

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