IOP launches the UK’s largest source of free physics teaching resources
The Institute of Physics (IOP) has launched a comprehensive new education destination – www.iop.org/spark for every aspect of teaching pre-19 physics.
Designed as a ‘go to’ resource for everyone from dedicated physics teachers through to teacher trainers, technicians and those teaching physics as a second subject, the new IOPSpark site features over 2000 free IOP approved education resources.
Simple navigation allows teachers to search for lesson plans, enrichment activities, teacher notes and student worksheets by student age, physics topic and type of resource.
To make lesson planning rewarding and time efficient, all resources on the site have been tried and tested by physics teachers and many feature teaching tips as well as links to carefully selected further research and reading.
The site also provides a single destination for accessing the latest research, news and content to help bring classroom teaching to life in topical, fresh ways.
An innovative area of the site will also be dedicated to helping teachers identify and address common student misconceptions in physics.
Here teachers will be able to discover links to current research, strategies and materials to help them address misconceptions before they negatively impact student attainment.
Charles Tracy, Head of Education at the Institute of Physics commented: “Teaching physics today is hugely rewarding. However it can be daunting to teach something new or to teach something familiar in a new way. We know it’s also challenging for teachers to stay constantly abreast of the latest resources, news and content, particularly when teaching and lesson-planning means time is limited.
“Our hope is that the new IOPSpark site will provide teachers with a trusted source of ideas and professional learning, whether they are looking for a quick fix or pedagogical contemplation. Some of the site’s resources are ready to use whilst others will allow users to delve a bit deeper and explore the best ways to present those ideas and develop their own explanations.”
As well as being a trusted source of teaching resources the new IOPSpark site – www.iop.org/spark – has also been designed to support teachers throughout their physics teaching careers.
The site will host a wealth of CPD articles, a constantly updated glossary of physics terms and access to TalkPhysics, the IOP’s online community of physics teachers. Here teachers will be able to seek answers to questions and share best in a friendly, knowledgeable and supportive environment.
Jemma Duncombe, Teacher of Physics at King’s College School, Wimbledon said: “It’s invaluable to find all these resources under one roof. It’s going to be my starting point whenever I’m looking at a new topic.”
To discover the thousands of physics resources freely available go to www.iop.org/spark today.