PASCO is pleased to announce that our new PASCO Python Library is now available. By now you are familiar with Blockly coding available in PASCO software and included as an important component of our STEM Sense solutions. Blockly is a fantastic way to teach coding concepts, especially to new learners.
Unlike Blockly, Python is a text-based programming language that is independent of PASCO software and is commonly used by coding beginners and experts in schools and universities around the world. This newly created library lets you bring Python into the PASCO ecosystem for complete control of your data. With Python, users control all aspects of sensor data collection, from sensor connections and sampling rates to data displays and custom analytics.
To learn more please visit the library at: https://www.pasco.com/downloads/python
In January 2020, Google announced that the company would stop supporting Chrome Packaged Apps (Chrome Apps) on the ChromeOS (Chromebook) platform as of June 2022. The existing Chrome App experience will be replaced by a new type of app, known as a Progressive Web App or PWA.
What’s a PWA?
Progressive Web Apps are browser-based apps, meaning they are accessed by visiting a specific URL, rather than downloading and opening an app. Because they are opened within a web browser, Progressive Web Apps will offer enhanced capabilities that are not possible with Google’s existing Chrome Packaged Apps (Chrome Apps).
What PASCO apps will be affected?
Google had originally planned to cease support for Chrome Packaged Apps by June 2021. This has since changed to a phased approach that will enable Chromebook users to continue using and updating the Chrome App version of SPARKvue without interruption through June 2022. After this date, users will need to transition to the PWA version of SPARKvue to continue using it on ChromeOS platforms.
The Progressive Web App version of SPARKvue is currently under development and will be available to all users well before the June 2022 cutoff date.
Note: PASCO’s Spectrometry and MatchGraph! apps are not Chrome Packaged Apps, and will not be affected by these changes.
*Competition extended until 10 October 2021*
What can I win? Your science-related picture, printed in a Heinemann Science textbook!
The two winning Chemistry images will win a place in the next edition of Heinemann Chemistry 6th edition.; The two winning Physics images will win a place in the next edition of Heinemann Physics 5th edition!; Winners will be contacted by email by 24 October 2021.
Stream data from PASCO Wireless Sensors directly to Microsoft Excel with the PASCO Data Streamer app.
The PASCO Data Streamer app enables Windows® 10 users to stream real-time data from PASCO Wireless Sensors into Microsoft® Excel. All that’s required is a compatible PASCO Wireless Sensor, the PASCO Data Streamer App, and the Office 365 Excel® Data Streamer Add-in.
To find out more visit: https://www.pasco.com/downloads/datastreamer
Students around the world have been familiar with acquiring a language online using solutions such as Duolingo®, Babbel® or Memrise® since a long time ago. However, when Covid-19 outbreak started and affected us all, giving language classes online did not appear to be as easy a transition as one might think as most generalist virtual classroom solutions miss many critical features required by language teachers. Fortunately, new virtual classroom solutions that are dedicated for language teaching make online language teaching easier than ever!
Zoom®, Google Meet® and Google Classroom® are among the most widely known virtual classroom solutions or online teaching platforms currently. Nonetheless, we have seen many language teachers to struggle with these solutions as they are not optimized for teaching languages. In this blog post, we will discuss how these generalist virtual classroom tools differ from a specialized online language teaching platform like Sanako Connect? Read on and find out which virtual classroom platform we think is the best for teaching languages.
Cider House ICT is proud to announce that we are now The Australian reseller for Sanako.
Sanako is a Finnish educational technology company that has specialised in language education tools since the early 1960’s..
Close relations with customers, partners, and their pedagogical approach have made them the global leader in teacher-led language teaching software market. Sanako provide a full range of language teaching and learning solutions from traditional classroom installations to remote teaching solutions and AI-assisted virtual language teaching platforms.
Optimise your teaching time and increase your students’ options for speaking and using the target language with Sanako’s language teaching technology.
Sanako online multi-device support solutions include:
Connect – Virtual classroom software for language teaching
Teachers use Sanako Connect to teach languages remotely and in classroom. Virtual classroom solution designed for language teaching and learning. Build your own content within the Connect platform.
Reactored – Multi-language learning materials and courses
Over 4.500 pre-built high-quality A1 and B1 digital activities for learning English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Swedish. Content module for Sanako Study and Connect products.
Pronounce – Easy solution for improving students’ speaking and pronunciation – used by over 2.5 million users worldwide.
If you would like to learn more about how we could help your school/university to make your language teaching more accessible for learners, please contact us now to arrange your free demo!
The equation is simple. Combine a Purdue University-related startup with PASCO’s global reputation for delivering innovative teaching solutions and you have learning tools that teachers can use to help young students explore complex STEM concepts.
With an agreement announced last month, Explore Interactive has partnered with PASCO to distribute its award-winning MindLabs product. MindLabs: Energy & Circuits uses augmented reality technology and gamification to enable elementary-age students to explore energy and circuits in a fun, immersive way.
The classroom set’s guided engineering challenges provide step-by-step lessons that allow educators to teach energy and circuits concepts with engaging content that supports collaborative projects, that can even include the remote learner.
To truly appreciate this powerful learning tool check out the product page and the video Inspired STEM Learning. And, keep an eye out for future integrations with hands-on STEM solutions from this new partnership.
Recording of a live PASCO webinar from March 17, 2021.
A recording is available here: https://youtu.be/8HOekjfRchs
You can download the session’s resource files from http://bit.ly/advcs21. These include a PDF with links to Capstone resources and ideas to Take It Further, along with the activity files used and created during the webinar.
School science laboratories are places of wonder and excitement for students of all ages and stages. To see the dawning of comprehension as a practical application of science curriculum falls into place is exciting to see. School laboratories are places where constant change and the evolution of technology and new understandings of the natural world transform student learning.
Laboratory technicians are critical to a vibrant and engaging delivery of curriculum. Technicians have specific knowledge and skills that enhance a teacher’s capacity to enliven what some students can find “a bit dry”. If talking about forces during a physics lesson has them losing focus then taking them out on to the oval to see a metal rubbish bin ripped apart in an explosion (subject to strict risk assessment of course) with just some water and a couple of beads of dry ice gets their attention back, asking questions. Looking through a microscope at the incredible alien looking life forms found in stagnant water, gives them a chance to engage in biological concepts that are happening in many of the cells in their own bodies. The laboratory technician researches the experiments, does risk assessments, trials the experiments and often demonstrates or helps students access the activity.
Read the full at: ieusa.org.au
A recent report published by the Technical University Darmstadt in Germany, compared in detail 4 companies’ (Leybold, Phywe, PASCO and Vernier) computer-aided data acquisition systems for physics classes….and PASCO came in #1!!!!
While this very detailed and excellent report was published in the German language, we have pulled the most important table of summary of the results and translated it (See attached pdf).
Here is the link to the university page where they posted their findings: