Mar 212016
 

Tigtag and Twig online resources are currently accessible via the Glow login and are used by schools across Scotland.  These award-winning resources provide high-quality videos and accompanying learning materials for sciences, mathematics and social studies. They were procured by Education Scotland in July 2015.  The contract was for one year initially with the possibility of a one year extension.

Education Scotland and Twig World have agreed to this one year extension which means that both Twig and Tigtag, and also TigTag Junior and Reach Out CPD, will continue to be available to state schools through Glow until 31st July  2017.

It will not be possible for Education Scotland to extend the contract further beyond this date.

Scotland Excel, the local authority procurement organisation, will include Education Software and Digital Content as an additional lot within their re-tender of their Education Materials framework with a start date of 1st April 2017.  It will therefore be for local authorities to purchase digital content via this route in the future.

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Feb 222016
 

Physicists have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that travel at the speed of light. Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity predicted the existence of these waves 100 years ago, but this is the first time that they have been detected directly.

They used highly sensitive equipment to measure two black holes, which collided many light years away. The detection proves gravity travels as a wave, but what is gravity?

For younger learners watch the Tigtag film Gravity in our Universe with your class to discover more.

For older learners, watch Black Holes to learn more about the mysterious phenomena that allowed scientists to collect this data.

 

 

Twig, Tigtag and Tigtag Junior are available to all educators and learners in Scotland via the Glow Launch Pad. We provide online walk-throughs for teachers at a time that suits. Interested? Contact us on 0141 353 7700 or via our contact page

Register to receive further e-bulletins from Twig Newsdesk and Tigtag Topical Science.

 

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Jan 182016
 

Major Tim Peake, the first astronaut representing the UK to carry out a spacewalk, has described the experience as ‘exhilarating’.

Peake and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday 15 January to replace a broken voltage regulator. The pair were outside the space station for almost five hours and managed to replace the broken piece of equipment, but the operation needed to be cut short after water leaked into Kopra’s helmet.

About four hours after becoming the first Briton to walk in space, Peake tweeted three pictures of the experience and shared his feelings on looking down and seeing Earth from space.

Today’s exhilarating #spacewalk will be etched in my memory forever – quite an incredible feeling!

Watch the Twig film Man on The Moon: Part 1 to discover more about space missions. Alternatively, watch the Tigtag film Filtration on the ISS to find out more about life in space (a Glow login is required to access these videos).

Twig, Tigtag and Tigtag Junior are available to all educators and learners in Scotland via the Glow Launch Pad.

Register to receive further e-bulletins from Twig Newsdesk and Tigtag Topical Science.

Keep up to date with Tim Peake during his 6 month mission on the ISS by following @astro_timpeake on Twitter.

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Jan 082016
 

Twig LogoA scientist who has been studying a dinosaur fossil found on the East Coast of North America says it is evidence that the continent was divided in half by a shallow sea 100 million years ago.

Dr Nick Longrich, from the Milner Centre for Evolution, has been studying the jaw fragments of a horned dinosaur about the size of a dog. It is believed to be the smaller cousin of the better-known Triceratops – both members of the Ceratopsia dinosaur family.

The jaw fragments are more slender than that of Ceratopsia found on the West Coast of North America, suggesting the dinosaurs evolved differently based on their diets.

Further information on this discovery and suggested resources are accessible via the Twig Newsdesk. Twig is available to all educators and learners in Scotland via the Glow Launch Pad.

You can also register to receive further e-bulletins from Twig Newsdesk and Tigtag Topical Science.

Nov 262015
 

Last month, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that the Rosetta mission had discovered molecular oxygen on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Tigtag and Twig can support the teaching of this event and help bring topical science into your classroom.

Further information on this discovery and suggested resources are accessible via Tigtag and Twig, both of which are available to all educators and learners in Scotland via the Glow Launch Pad.. The resources can be accessed here (Tigtag) and here (Twig). Note you will need to be logged into Glow to access these resources.

You can also register to receive e-bulletins from Tigtag and Twig.

You can also keep up to date and follow the Rosetta Mission on Twitter @ESA_Rosetta.

 

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Oct 292015
 

twigFilm pages on Twig offer great related resources to help teachers, including classroom visuals, topic handouts and learning materials to use in the classroom. But these aren’t always relevant to students logging on.

Students benefit from resources that will help them understand topics and support their learning.

From next month, Twig are introducing a brand new Science and Earth Science film page view for students.

In place of teaching materials, they will see new content that helps reinforce what they have learnt in the film.

More details can be found here.

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