Open Badges – a new currency to recognise skills and talents
Mar21

Open Badges – a new currency to recognise skills and talents

Open Badges are a global standard to recognise skills & achievements across the web. They have the potential to change the way schools and organisations see qualifications; moving from abstract measures of knowledge towards a tool to connect talent with opportunities for employment, work experience and further education. A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned. They allow you to verify your skills,...

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Primary Teaching Resources from Teaching Packs
Nov15

Primary Teaching Resources from Teaching Packs

Teaching Packs offers collections of high-quality teaching resources that can be used in the primary/elementary classroom. The contents of the packs varies, but packs may include audio quizzes, ebooks, classroom display banners, printable posters, activity sheets and more. The site offers packs of teaching resources linked to different topics, including Fractions, Maths Vocabulary, Pirates, Punctuation and more, available for a small...

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Code Stars : A short film that asks Why Code?
Sep30

Code Stars : A short film that asks Why Code?

I had a very good day today being shown the new Espresso Coding website (more on that in another blogpost), but one of the things shown during the session was this video that aims to explain to kids why they should think about coding as a career, especially girls. It’s pretty cool. Take a look and see what you think. And show it to your class!...

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YouTube launches a library of free-to-use music
Sep27

YouTube launches a library of free-to-use music

If you are looking for music tracks to use in class projects such as presentations, photo slideshows and podcasts, then it can be tricky to find songs that you can use that are not subject to some form of copyright. This makes it a problem if you want to share your project online, and it gets taken down by YouTube for copyright infringements. To help with that, YouTube have just released a library of tunes that you can freely download...

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Talk Like a Pirate Day Teaching Resources
Sep19

Talk Like a Pirate Day Teaching Resources

Avast me hearties, it be Talk Like a Pirate Day again today. Yarr. There’s plenty of scope to sneak in work about Pirates into your lessons – from creative writing, to history and geography and even science. If ye be looking for some Piratey resources, the excellent Purple Mash website from 2Simple is a great place to start. There be writing frames for structured writing, drawing activities and even a pirate Mash Cam. Here...

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Marks and Spencer Education Resources
Apr30

Marks and Spencer Education Resources

The Marks & Spencer Company Archive has just launched a new online learning resource for UK schools to make elements of the company’s collection of over 70,000 historical objects, photos and documents accessible to students and teachers for the first time. In partnership with My Learning, the M&S Company Archive eLearning Hub will be available to schools and educational establishments free of charge. These themed classroom...

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Daydream Education Maths Content Pack for your IWB
Jan28

Daydream Education Maths Content Pack for your IWB

Daydream Education have been making wall charts for 14 years and in recent years they have been converting these wall charts into interactive versions that can be displayed on Interactive Whiteboards. Their interactive wallcharts currently cover 10 subjects, Business Studies, D&T, English, Geography, ICT, Maths, Music, P.E, R.E and Science. There are versions of their Interactive Packs for both Primary and Secondary (and Sixth...

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Peace One Day : 21st Sep : Teaching Resources
Sep19

Peace One Day : 21st Sep : Teaching Resources

Founded in 1999 by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, the non-profit organisation Peace One Day drove the initiative that led to the unanimous adoption by UN member states of an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day. With the day in place, Peace One Day’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day around the world, making it self-sustaining. You can find some great Peace One Day teaching resources on...

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Video Lectures from Backpack TV
May22

Video Lectures from Backpack TV

Backpack TV is a new website very much in the mould of Khan Academy and O2 Learn, amongst others. Like these sites it contains videos produced by teachers of lectures about particular topic areas. You can search by topic, subject etc. Videos range from 5 to 20 minutes in length. Videos are self-hosted rather than pulled in via YouTube, which some schools will find useful. Videos seem pitched at the KS4/KS5 range. The site is clean,...

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Interactive Whiteboard Activities from Scholastic
Mar15

Interactive Whiteboard Activities from Scholastic

The Scholastic website contains, amongst other things, a section with interactive activities that you can use on your whiteboard. The activities cover a range of topic areas from languages to maths to science and they’re quite a mixed bag in terms of the type of activity. You can access the resources here. As I’ve said before a full-screen feature would be good – just to make these easier to use on an IWB, some of...

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Adobe Education Exchange – resources for teachers
Jan23

Adobe Education Exchange – resources for teachers

The Adobe Education Exchange hosts a range of free, peer-reviewed teaching and learning resources, developed by Adobe Education Leaders,  educators who are already integrating technology in to classes with great success who also use the Exchange themselves to find inspiration for creative teaching activities. For example the site contains guidance on teaching code for games design and app development which supports collaborative...

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UK Students invited to compete in Robotics Championships
Jan12

UK Students invited to compete in Robotics Championships

Here’s a competition that may be of interest to teachers of ICT and Design/Technology: Young robotics enthusiasts from throughout Great Britain are invited to compete at the first ever VEX UK National Championship during The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, held at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre on 15 and 16 March 2012. Interested students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible, as competition...

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