The current crisis has seen doctors and scientists on the Covid-19 front line worldwide. As governments and citizens face our new reality, there is absolutely no doubt that our future depends on the scientific community working together to find solutions both for pandemics and climate change.
Globisens, as part of the Ed-Tech community, is focused on cultivating this next generation of scientist. One who will play a crucial role in ensuring the survival of both humans and the planet. Overnight, collaborative scientific research has become the nation’s top priority. As such, there is no better time to release our unique collaborative software – GlobiCollab.
GlobiCollab allows teachers to display, control and analyze the entire class measurements using a single computer. Up to 8 Labdisc units can be wirelessly and simultaneously connected to GlobiCollab, and set to measure any combination of sensors, displaying their data in real-time. Each Labdisc’s measurements are presented in a designated graphic window. Additionally, GlobiCollab will show a combined graphic of all connected Labdisc units, with an average measurement graph of the entire classroom.
Students can now compare their experiment data with graphs showing other students’ data, sharing and learning from each other, and where necessary adjusting their own experiment setup. Different student groups can conduct the same experiment under different conditions and compare their results. Let’s say, measuring light and temperature in different parts of the classroom, or oxygen production during plant photosynthesis using light projections in different colors. These are just some of the examples of the potential and power for collaborative classroom research made possible by the new GlobiCollab.
GlobiCollab can save the need for a computer per Labdisc. It also provides an ideal solution for Interactive White Boards (IWB) or Interactive Flat Panels, where teachers can not only project the collected data to all students, but also use the IWB or panels to analyze it. GlobiCollab is currently available for Windows 10 computers in English. Please contact us for additional languages availability.
Working Scientifically using the Labdisc datalogger from Globisens
During years 3 and 4, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions
recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables
reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions
identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.
During years 5 and 6, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content:
planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary
taking measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when appropriate
recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs
using test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests
reporting and presenting findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations
identifying scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.
In Key Stage 3 Data loggers can be used across all disciplines Biology, Physics and Chemistry
If you are planning to incorporate analysis and set up experiments next half term then consider hiring a set of Dataloggers. Four Labdiscs with external sensors or four Mini Labdiscs with external sensors. Free software download for any operating system with examples. All the devices have GPS to allow experiments and sensor readings to be mapped to Google maps.
40 per cent of secondary schools state ‘lack of budget’ is a key barrier to using EdTech, according to a survey for the British Educational Suppliers (Besa) – a sharp increase from 14 per cent in 2017.
We are trying to help schools to put digital technology into the hands of young people.
This is a General Science data logger. It is easy to use, comes with 13 sensors built-in and includes GPS.
The software that goes with the Labdisc is free on all platforms. Students are able to log their own data in real-time and see the changes using GPS and Google Maps. Interrogate data inline, table and graph format. Annotate data to show understanding. Export to other tools for presentation.
The Labdisc costs £377.00 plus VAT and delivery. Whilst this is expensive, the device has some high-end functionality and includes delicate instrumentation it is also value for money. We want young people to have access to this type of technology and so we have packaged four devices including external sensors (pH probe) for hire to schools.
So a set of four General Science dataloggers can be hired for a half-term period (notionally 6 weeks) for £377.00 +VAT and delivery. simply go to
Great American Eclipse!:
Labdisc Records Solar Eclipse at Multiple US Locations
Students from Fulton county Schools view the eclipse with ISO glasses next to their Labdisc experiment.
Last week, on Monday the 21st the United States experienced a solar eclipse, the first recorded in the country for almost 100 years. During this total solar eclipse, the moon’s diameter appeared larger than the sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight and transforming day into complete darkness.
The path of total eclipse touched 14 states, 16% of the area of the United States and a partial eclipse visible in all the other states. The event began on the Oregon coast as a partial eclipse at 9:06 a.m. (PDT) and ended later that day as a partial eclipse along the South Carolina coast at about 4:06 p.m. (EDT).
What better opportunity for budding young scientists to use the
Labdisc to record a real and live scientific event!
Together with science students, the Globisens team and their US partner Boxlight – recorded the eclipse in Georgia and New York, with Globisens CEO, Dov Bruker recording in Mexico. Recording with the Labdisc in multiple locations of the eclipse allowed the young scientists to compare the eclipse duration and the lowest level of light as the eclipse traversed the continent.
In Johns Creek, Georgia a group of students from Fulton County Schools setup a Labdisc using the Labdisc plastic rod and a bucket of sand to stabilize it. They recorded the results over a 2-hour period. The eclipse started with a recorded 40,000 lux and decreased to only 256 lux and then increased back to around 35,000 lux when the eclipse concluded. The students also used a home-made box projector to view the shadow created by the eclipse.
As the sensor-triggered street lights turned on during the eclipse, our young students made several additional observations regarding the natural world around them. They noticed that the birds stopped chirping, and the cicada’s (large insect) and crickets started making noise, which they normally do only after sunset.