Phonics Play – free interactive phonics games
Nov30

Phonics Play – free interactive phonics games

The free area of the PhonicsPlay website is filled with free interactive games, phonics planning, assessment ideas and printable resources. There are many ideas to support teachers in delivering daily phonics sessions and lots of advice to support parents in helping their children learn to read. This site will be of interest to teachers in Reception and KS1 who want some fun games for children to play while learning phonics. There is...

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FileLab – online video and audio editing
Nov29

FileLab – online video and audio editing

FileLab is an online Video and Audio editor. It’s a free, alternative to software such as Windows MovieMaker or Audacity. OK, both of those are already free, but especially in the case of MovieMaker any alternative is welcome. FileLab provides a very user-friendly editor. I had a play with the video editor and found it quite simple to add some clips, add text over the top and create a transition. There are quite a few video...

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Music Shake – free online music creator
Nov28

Music Shake – free online music creator

Music shake is an online music creation tool that lets you create your own original music track from thousands of copyright-free music samples. To make music, choose a music style from the bottom of the screen, and then click in the squares to add layers of different instruments. Some blocks of music – such as the drum beats, can be altered once added. Clicking the numbers at the top will change the chord for that block....

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A Sense of Scale : Visualising the Big and the Small
Nov27

A Sense of Scale : Visualising the Big and the Small

Here are two great applications to use with students when trying to visualise a sense of scale. How much smaller are atoms compared to things that we can see like a grain of rice. How much bigger is our galaxy compared to our solar system etc. I’ve blogged about both before, but was showing them to a PGCE group the other day so thought it would be good to share them on the blog again for those who missed it. The Cell Size and...

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BBC Nature Video Collections
Nov26

BBC Nature Video Collections

The BBC Nature Video Collection is a large library of video clips from the excellent BBC Natural History archive, many narrated by the legend that is Sir David Attenborough. The video clips include some from the amazing Frozen Planet, the latest exploration into the remote and isolated polar environments. Some of the scenes are totally jaw-dropping. For example the Brinicle; icy finger of death 🙂 Other other collections include...

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Free teaching resources from EdComs
Nov22

Free teaching resources from EdComs

The Edcoms teachers website is a great free new resource site for teachers. The site initially launched with with 40 free, high-quality teaching resources, for both primary and secondary teachers with more to come each month. The aim of Edcoms teachers is to bring together all the free educational materials that EdComs has created for various clients all together in one place, including their resources produced for BP which I’ve...

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TopicBox – free links to primary school resources
Nov21

TopicBox – free links to primary school resources

TopicBox is an excellent site for all primary teachers. It provides links to free interactive resources that teachers can use on their interactive whiteboards. It doesn’t create or host any of the content itself, but links to resources found on other websites. It’s strength is that the resources are grouped and categorised by subject and topic, so it’s easier to find something you could use. Check it out at :...

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Soft Power Education – Uganda Volunteer Project
Nov19

Soft Power Education – Uganda Volunteer Project

A quick plug. The daughter of a friend of mine was raising money for the Soft Power Education charity on Thursday at the Collaborate for Change Event. I’d just like to do a quick post to raise awareness of the charity. Soft Power Education is working with communities in Uganda to improve quality of life through education. Our funding comes from overland groups, independent travellers and sponsors from around the world. Every...

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Collaborate for Change – talk and links #c84c
Nov18

Collaborate for Change – talk and links #c84c

Last night was the 2nd Collaborate for Change event, run by Havering LA. It was a fabulous event and there were plenty of faces I recognised from Twitter sharing some of their excellent expertise on a wide range of different topics. I gave a talk, and ran two table sessions – and I said to those who attendended that I’d make all the relevant links available on the blog. SO here they are: Making the most of your Interactive...

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TeachMeet Essex 2012 Announced
Nov15

TeachMeet Essex 2012 Announced

Following on from the successful first Teachmeet Essex in 2010, we’re putting on another free event to showcase the excellent teaching and learning that is taking place the schools in Essex as well as the breakaway people’s republics of Southend and Thurrock. Teachers and friends from other areas are obviously more than welcome too! Please sign up to give a 2 minute talk, or a 7 minute talk, or just to attend and network....

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Math Quiz : Online GCSE and A Level Maths tests
Nov15

Math Quiz : Online GCSE and A Level Maths tests

Secondary maths teachers will be interested in Math Quiz, an online bank of maths tests for students. There are 4 levels of test : GCSE mathematics, A-Level mathematics, Foundation for University mathematics and University level mathematics. The questions are multiple choice, usually 10 questions per test. Once the test is complete the system gives instant feedback to the user. You need to register with the site to get the full...

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Light-bot : a fun logic puzzle game
Nov14

Light-bot : a fun logic puzzle game

Light-bot is a fun puzzle game which uses programmer-style logic to tell the bot how move around and light up all the blue tiles! It includes functions, conditionals and more.Pupils create a series of commands which tell the bot to move forwards, turn around etc. Graphically it reminds me a lot of the old Ultimate games of my ZX Spectrum days – like Knight Lore and Alien8 🙂 Which is no bad thing. Light-bot could be a fun...

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