Institute of Physics Releases Free Online Resource Bank

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The Institute of Physics (IOP) has launched a brand new education website – IOPSpark www.iop.org/spark - designed to provide an online ‘go to’ resource for every aspect of teaching pre-19 physics.

The site will be home to the UK’s most comprehensive set of free physics teaching resources with over 2000 available.  The site’s resources are designed to be useful to teachers, teacher trainers and school technicians and include lesson plans, teacher notes, enrichment activities, student worksheets, interactive and video content. All content is curriculum themed and easily searchable by student age, physics topic and type of content.


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.


All resources on the new IOPSpark site are quality assured, having been approved by the IOP and tried and tested by physics teachers.


With the attraction and retention of physics teachers an ongoing issue for the education sector, the new site is designed to provide ongoing support as well as teaching resources to those teaching physics. 


It provides a wealth of CPD materials, access to the latest news and research and the gateway to TalkPhysics – a supportive online community of physics teachers that teachers can turn to when they’re looking for answers to questions or are seeking inspiration or ideas on best practice.  A constantly updated glossary of physics terms is another feature designed to support those new to teaching physics or those teaching physics as a second subject.


Charles Tracy, Head of Education at the IOP said:  ‘By providing teachers with high quality resources, open access to the latest subject thinking and by empowering collaboration amongst the physics teaching community we hope to help create the optimum conditions in which this fascinating subject can flourish in schools for generations to come.’


The new IOPSPark site is just one element of the Institute of Physics’ dynamic and rapidly growing education programme which aims to support teachers, schools and policy makers in creating the optimum conditions in which physics as a subject can thrive.  The latest initiative launched by the IOP was the Improving Gender Balance Research trial currently being run across hundreds of schools in England to encourage more girls to progress to physics at A-level.  Currently only one in five do. 


To discover the thousands of free physics resources available log on to
www.iop.org/spark today.

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