Press play on science videos

18th November 2011 at 00:00
Henry Hepburn reveals why a collection from Twig is now being made especially for primary pupils

A collection of high-quality science videos aimed at primary schools will be available through Glow from next year.

Twig, the company which put together a similar service for secondary science, is making the move after a number of primary schools used its videos aimed at older children.

Livingston's Williamston Primary has been using Twig's videos, known as Glow Science, for a year. P7 teacher Katy Sowden was struck by how often pupils - who have been learning about genes - asked for another video after the previous one ended.

"When has that ever happened with a textbook?" she says in a Glow video interview. "I can't ever remember asking in school, `Can I look at the next chapter in the textbook?'"

Mrs Sowden, who is not a science specialist, has been struck by how closely the videos relate to Curriculum for Excellence: "You can just go straight on and think, `Right, I'm going to be looking at inherited characteristics, we'll find the outcome that relates to that, we'll find a video which just - boom! - tells what you want to get across to pupils."

Pupils have been impressed by the "really professional videos", which are short enough that "your mind can't wander" and "really easy to find" on Glow.

The ease of access - they can be watched on mobile phones - has encouraged their use at home, where independent engagement with the material has encouraged "deep learning", Mrs Sowden says.

Twig chief executive Anthony Bouchier said his company made its base in Scotland because of the country's focus on "finding new ways to engage a generation that have moved on from the `sit up, look straight ahead' teaching mode".

Glow, he added, "does not need to be an expensive, proprietary platform", but could instead be a "purchaser, gate-keeper and repository for quality content".

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