Digital Access To Science Learning Resources


This project is generating resources for primary teachers in the form of video podcasts - vodcasts. These are mainly about topical science themes and are available through a dedicated YouTube channel and they are also accessible from the MEDIA tab below.

The project also created a flexible and innovative search engine to identify useful material (science content and science pedagogy) without the need for specific search terms or precise knowledge to inform that search. The project, based on a tool called 'iFISH', created a front-end Web App targeted at PSTT resource materials. The App highlighted the benefits of using search sliders as a means to discover new resources, an idea that the Trust will consider during a later stage of website re-development.



Project Lead: Susan Rodrigues, Liverpool Hope University

Developing contemporary science and science education vodcasts

As schools in the UK are now technology infused and adults increasingly seek information via personal mobile technology, there is scope for teachers to access information in new ways; this project advocates the use of video-podcasts (vodcasts) that encourage and enable teachers to access research information. The vodcasts are hosted on a YouTube channel and some ideas are given to support their use in the classroom.

Working with three teacher colleagues (one primary, one secondary and one tertiary) and a number of scientists over the period of 30 months, the project produced a series science education research and topical science vodcasts. The format of the vodcast may take the form of pupils/teachers interviewing scientists/science educators about their work, or scientists/science educators illustrating their work, or pupils/teachers discussing/demonstrating science or science education findings. The three participating teachers have created some ideas to show how the vodcasts can be used as trigger materials for classroom or group activities. The aim of these vodcasts is to stimulate discussion and encourage critical debate and develop awareness and understanding of contemporary science and science education research which can be related to classroom practice.

Relevant Links

ScienceEdResearch channel on YouTube


This is a list of YouTube videos produced as part of the DALSR project. There is a short description for each and then some ideas about how it might be used in the classroom.

As you would with any material, please make sure you have viewed the video before use to make sure it is suitable for its intended audience.

Contemporary Science


Decomposition in an Australian Environment

Dr Xanthe Mallett is a Forensic Anthropologist and Criminologist. She is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Criminology, and Academic in Residence Parramatta Future Campus at the University of New England (UNE). She has presented on various television programmes, for example Coast Australia (Foxtel Australia and BBC2 UK) and the BBC2 series History Cold Case (UK): As part of a team of scientists, Xanthe explored the probable lives, and deaths, of unknown skeletal remains, using cutting-edge forensic human identification techniques to learn about the archaeological remains. In this vodcast, Dr Mallett describes her current research activity, based at a new forensic facility in Sydney Australia, that looks at how dead people decompose in an Australian environment, with a particular focus on measuring how fast the tissue of the hands and face are lost.

Use with ...Subjects/contextsPossible usesOther possibilities
Older primary and secondary studentsBiology; cycles in nature; ethics; links with REInitiate discussion and debate on controversial issues; study of decomposition; research into beliefs and customsUse in teacher training; science education research students



bristles in birds

In this Vodcast Dr Carl Larsen, (Senior Lecturer in Biology, Health Sciences, Liverpool Hope University) about- 500 bird species have facial bristles.



Small but deadly

In this Vodcast Dr Clare Strode (Senior Lecturer in Biology, Edge Hill University) talk about the complex life cycle of the mosquito and its control.



creating a simulation of the universe

In this Vodcast Monique Henson (PhD Student, Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester) describes how scientists use computers to create and explore simulations of the Universe.


Science Education


The experience of being a conscious self

In this vodcast, Prof. Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience (Informatics) and Co-Director (Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science), University of Sussex, describes his research on the experience of being a conscious self.

Use with ...Subjects/contextsPossible usesOther possibilities
Older secondary students; initial teacher education students Biology; psychology; physics; use of technologyConsidering perception, consciousness; optical illusions; stimulus for debateScience clubs; science weeks; public engagement



digital divides

In this Vodcast Dr Louise Starkey, Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand describes the digital divide in terms of access, capability and participation.



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