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On our Teaching tips: Physics blog we demonstrate in a series of short and concise video tutorials how freely available online tools can be used to support teaching a number of Physical science topics. In the tutorials you’ll see what a lesson, chart or test using the online tool could look like, how to set it up yourself, how to share it with your learners and how you could best apply it in your teaching.



lucid chart mp4Lucidchart is an online tool which allows you to create your own flowcharts and mind maps in just a matter of minutes. This platform works well with intricate topics consisting of content or equations which tend to confuse learners and requires a step by step break down.

In this tutorial Tshenolo Menwe shows that this a great tool when teaching “quantitative aspects of chemical change” in Grade 10, where learners need to follow a number of steps to get to the final answer like calculating the empirical formula, percent composition and even basic stoichiometric calculations.

Teachers can use the Lucidchart platform to create flow charts of the steps which need to be taken into consideration before you reach the final calculation. This is done by selecting a shape and arrows from the left side of the screen then dragging and dropping them into the canvas to create the desired flow chart or mind map. Teachers can then turn the lesson into an interactive/collaborative session by sharing the link of the Lucidchart flow chart or mind map with the learners and allowing them to simultaneously edit the canvas and create their own flow charts.

Lucidchart promotes the Howard Gardner (1983) theory of multiple intelligence learning styles. These learning styles include the visual intelligence where learners will learn by seeing the flowchart/mind map and the steps incorporated in it, verbal-linguistic intelligence where the learners will learn by reading and hearing the teacher explain to the them what is in the flowchart/mind map as well as go through the mentioned steps together with them, and lastly intrapersonal intelligence where the learner will learn through creating their own flowchart/mind map on the canvas and attempting to answer the given question


Click to watch the video tutoriaand for more info visit to sign up and start using this platform in your classroom.


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Quizlet is an online tool which enables learners to study their school content and assess their knowledge in a number of fun ways. Because Quizlet is a memorisation tool, it is well suited for topics which require learners to memorise and recall terms and definitions like Grade 10 Vectors and Scalars as Tshenolo Menwe demonstrates in this tutorial.

In the tutorial we see how the Quizlet Gravity test drops asteroids with questions to test Vectors and Scalars definitions, how to create your tests and how to easily share it with your learners.
The ways to learn and assess include:

  • Flash cards - Similar to hard copy flash cards, these cards consist of a term on one side and a definition of the other side. Once the learner is shown one side of the card, the learner will say the answer out loud and click on flip to cause the card to flip around and show the correct answer.
  • Learn - A term or definition is shown and the learner must type the term or definition which corresponds to what is shown on the screen. Once the learner has typed their answer, they will get to see is it was correct or not.
  • Gravity - Definitions or terms fall down the screen in the shape of asteroids. The learners are then expected to type as fast as they can, the corresponding answer of the definition or term shown before the asteroid reaches the bottom of the screen.
  •  Write/test - Like assessment tests, learners are required to answer questions in test format which consists of short questions, multiple choice questions, true or false and matching questions.
  • Spell - the term is read out loud by a voiceover from the computer and learners must type in the term they hear with the correct spelling.
  • Match - Learners are presented with a grid of scattered terms and definitions and are expected to match the terms to the correct definitions by dragging either one of them next to the corresponding one. When the two match they disappear from the screen.


Click here to watch the video tutorial and visit to sign up and use this platform in your classroom.


google forms mp4Google Forms offers a great platform for teachers to set diagnostic assessments for their learners in order to determine their strengths and weaknesses on a particular topic and how they can remediate their learning. Teachers can create a test using different questioning methods (multiple choice, short or long questions) and make it more interesting by adding pictures and videos.

In this video tutorial Tshenolo Menwe takes us through how to set up a Google Forms test on Physics Grade 12 topic Photo-electric Effect. This topic perfectly lends itself to this kind of test because it comes with a lot of theory. In the tutorial we’ll see:

  • How to create a test using Google Form and how to invite your colleagues to collaborate
  • How to share the test with your learners and monitor and save their feedback


Click here to watch the video tutorial and visit Google Forms to start creating your own test. The platform comes free with a Google account.