What is a Leap Year?
Feb28

What is a Leap Year?

You may have noticed that 2012 is a leap year. And that means that this year we get an extra day on February 29th. So why do we go to all the trouble to have a leap year? Epipheo shows you how, based on astronomy, the Gregorian Calendar uses leap year to keep us in tune with the sun, the stars and the universe. And why not check out Feb29th.Net to see how the Blogging the Leap Year project is getting on!...

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World Education Games March 2012
Feb28

World Education Games March 2012

This March, hundreds of thousands of school children from around Britain will pit themselves against students from around the world to find the best young Mathematicians, spellers and Science brains during the World Education Games ( 6th- 8th of March). The three-day global competition will test students during a variety of online games set against the clock and the best young brains will be battling for honours during World Spelling...

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The Faculties : University Lectures for the A-level Curriculum
Feb24

The Faculties : University Lectures for the A-level Curriculum

The Faculties is a free educational resource for secondary schools and aimed particularly at A-level students and teachers. The website provides short films of university lecturers speaking on topics drawn from the A-level curriculum in Maths, English, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry and History. There are currently over 300 podcasts on the site, with more to follow. In bringing the expertise of research scholars into the classroom,...

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The O2 Learn Awards 2012
Feb23

The O2 Learn Awards 2012

If you haven’t been to the O2 Learn site for while, you might not know that their awards are back and they are awarding £2,000 every week!  They are continuing to help everyone connect to great teaching by creating Britain’s Biggest Classroom via teacher-created content. This year, they are thanking every UK teacher who uploads a video lesson to O2 Learn with a free mobile broadband pack. They’re also introducing a weekly...

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Online Educational Games by Preloaded
Feb23

Online Educational Games by Preloaded

Preloaded are a creative studio who have made some great online educational games for other websites, and you can find them all in one place on their own site. For example science teachers might be interested in Wondermind which is a game about the brain/neuroscience written for Tate Liverpool, inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll.  Thingdom is a fun science game written for the Science Museum which I’ve written about on the...

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FluidMath – Maths Handwriting Recognition for the IWB
Feb21

FluidMath – Maths Handwriting Recognition for the IWB

FluidMath is maths-based handwriting recognition software. It enables teachers and students to easily create, solve, graph and animate math and physics problems all in their own handwriting on any brand of interactive whiteboard or on a tablet PC. I also had it working very well with a Wacom graphics tablet when I tested the software this morning. The software enables math teachers and students to easily create graphs and tables using...

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Education Week Article : Whiteboard Battle for Supremacy
Feb21

Education Week Article : Whiteboard Battle for Supremacy

This is an interesting article in Education Week this month about the current state of the IWB market. I get a quoted a few times. Take a look: http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2012/02/08/02whiteboard.h05.html The battle for supremacy in the K-12 whiteboard market is heating up. Companies are scrambling for new sources of revenue, making strategic moves to reinvent their products in the age of tablet computing, and sizing up their...

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The TTS Bee-Bot app for iPad/iPod
Feb19

The TTS Bee-Bot app for iPad/iPod

The new Bee-Bot App from TTS Group has been developed based on thier much-loved, Bee-Bot floor robot. The app makes use of Bee-Bot’s keypad functionality and enables children to improve their skills in directional language and programming through sequences of forwards, backwards, left and right 90 degree turns. The app is for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and is totally free. The app has been developed with 12 levels encouraging...

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Using BrainPop with Promethean ActivExpression Quizzes
Feb17

Using BrainPop with Promethean ActivExpression Quizzes

If you are a BrainPop user, did you know that you can use the quizzes on their excellent website with your Promethean ActivExpression or ActiVote handsets? In order to run the quizzes, you will need to download and install a Flash Bridge which acts as the medium between your voting device and your BrainPOP UK quiz, enabling the two to interact together. When this is done, you should see an additional button when using a quiz which...

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Book : Innovation in Education : Charles Leadbeater
Feb15

Book : Innovation in Education : Charles Leadbeater

A slight departure for this blog as I don’t think I’ve featured a book before. I attended the launch of this book at the Learning Without Frontiers conference last month and recieved a review copy. Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers Around the World is a celebration of pioneering, sustainable and scalable innovation initiatives from the world of education written by Charles Leadbeater. The book explores the...

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Valentine’s Day Heart Resources for Science Lessons
Feb14

Valentine’s Day Heart Resources for Science Lessons

It’s Valentine’s day, and as our thoughts turn to matters of the heart, here’s a stack of useful links to resources all about the heart to use in science lessons. In The Zone : The Pulse This resource from The Wellcome Trust provides some interactive activities, and lesson resources for teaching about the heart and the effect of exercise. Lots of other body resources there too. HyperHeart An excellent animation, and...

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Lend Me Your Literacy – collaborative projects
Feb13

Lend Me Your Literacy – collaborative projects

Lendmeyourliteracy.org is a very interesting online resource base for teachers and students of Literacy. It’s billed as a one stop website for examples of good pieces of literacy work written by children and not just models written in a text book. Teachers can use these pieces of work for moderation purposes and an aid to good teaching, inspiring children to believe… Teachers can pick the very best examples of literacy work in...

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