The Google Cultural Institute : Archive of Historic Resources
May22

The Google Cultural Institute : Archive of Historic Resources

I was lucky enough to be invited to deliver some training at the International School of Geneva this week. One of the Keynote speakers was Steve Crossan, Head of the Google Cultural Institute who was talking about some of their recent developments. I had heard of some of their early projects such as the Google Art Project or World Wonders, but I hadn’t seen some of their newer resources. And they looked stunning! With a team of...

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Visit the Pyramids of Giza on your Interactive Whiteboard
May10

Visit the Pyramids of Giza on your Interactive Whiteboard

Fancy a quick class trip to see the Pyramids without all the paperwork? Giza 3D is a historically accurate, in-depth recreation of the great pyramids which you can access from your classroom on your Interactive Whiteboard. Built by Dassault Systemes, the people who created the 3D Paris Tour, the site lets you go on guided, interactive tours through ten different areas of the Giza plateau — allowing you to wander the necropolis,...

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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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Explore Paris in 3D on your Whiteboard or iPad
Apr11

Explore Paris in 3D on your Whiteboard or iPad

Billed as “A time-travel through more than 2000 years of history: discover Paris’ most famous monuments” Paris 3D provides a virtual tour of many of the landmarks of Paris, and lets you see how the city has developed since its Roman conquest in 52 BC right up to the present day. Users can take guided tours from the 3D Paris website here or on the accompanying iPad app. A small plugin is needed for your web browser,...

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GameUp UK : Educational Games from BrainPop
Mar04

GameUp UK : Educational Games from BrainPop

Games add a new way to captivate students and help them learn in a manner that’s meaningful for them. The already excellent BrainPOP UK have taken this on board, and added gaming to their repertoire through GameUp UK – their new gaming area. GameUp UK matches high quality BrainPOP content with great learning games – their resources underpin the learning and the associated games actively engage students and extend the learning. From...

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English Heritage Interactive Whiteboard Resources
Feb27

English Heritage Interactive Whiteboard Resources

Yesterday I spent a rather fun day delivering Interactive Whiteboard training to some of the Education staff from English Heritage in the rather impressive surroundings of Wrest Park Estate. While there I was reminded about their range of IWB resources that they’ve put onto Promethean Planet, and I thought I’d share here in case you haven’t seen them. English Heritage National Monuments Record (NMR) have produced a...

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Charanga Music World: Online Instrument Tuition via Video Games
Feb21

Charanga Music World: Online Instrument Tuition via Video Games

Charanga Music World is a unique new way of learning an instrument online. The website Combines interactive gaming, music-related quizzes and videos to support 7-12 year olds learning musical instruments. The learning materials in Charanga Music World have been developed by some of the UK’s leading educators, and cover 24 instruments from absolute beginner through to the first ABRSM Music Medals exam and beyond. Instruments available...

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Black Marble – The Earth at Night Interactive Google Map
Dec12

Black Marble – The Earth at Night Interactive Google Map

Here’s another cool resource that would be great to show as part of a lesson about Earth and Space (or populations). The “Black Marble” shows the Earth in darkness with all the city lights twinkling away – showing just how spread out we all are in some parts of the world, and how concentrated we are in others. A NASA satellite captured the nighttime views with a special on-board camera. Apparently it took 312...

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Explore the World on your IWB with the Google World Wonders Project
Jun01

Explore the World on your IWB with the Google World Wonders Project

Your classroom interactive whiteboard can provide a window on the world, and that’s definitely true when used alongside this new project from Google. The Google World Wonders Project is a platform which brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online and into your classroom. Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, Google have made these amazing sites accessible to everyone across the...

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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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Cloud Cuckoo World – A great site for KS2 MFL teachers
Apr19

Cloud Cuckoo World – A great site for KS2 MFL teachers

Cloud Cuckoo World is an new interactive website designed to support the delivery of languages at Key Stage 2 both at school and at home. Developed by sister teachers, Sara and Louise Mason, their dual language stories cover the QCDA suggested topics for primary school children and aim to provide an accessible introduction to languages for children from 4 years upwards. The site has French language resources at launch, with more...

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September 11th – Education Programme and Schools Competition
Apr03

September 11th – Education Programme and Schools Competition

The 9 11 London Project is a new UK educational charity that has been set up to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and to ensure that the legacy of those events is one that builds hope from tragedy. Its purpose is to ensure that this and future generations have the opportunity to be taught about the events and to understand the causes and consequences of 9/11, in the US, UK and across the world. The website contains educational...

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